by Sam Aucoin

BARRIE – It is another Saturday home game for the Barrie Baycats who have won two in a row and will welcome the 2-11 Brantford Red Sox to Vintage Throne Stadium. 

After three straight losses to Kitchener, Hamilton, and Guelph, the Red Sox had their loss total increase into double digits and now get set to play a Baycats team that beat them earlier this season. Barrie on the other hand just beat two of the top four teams in the IBL in the Cardinals and Panthers to get back over 500 (6-5).

Lineup And Starting Pitcher

Owen Jansen makes his way back into the lineup for the first time since last Sunday. Today also see’s the first start for Charlie Iriotakis who is in right field. The outfield will look a bit different today with Iriotakis in right field. Starlin Rodriguez instead will play shortstop.

Josh Cote is once again behind the plate as the 19-year-old continues to impress in his second season. With Rodriguez playing shortstop, Adam Odd will move to third base and Jansen will be at second base. Hayden Jaco, who had got two straight starts at first base, will move to the bench and give Dom Morea another start at first. 

This different look lineup will play behind Emilis Guerrero who will make his fourth start looking for his first win. Guerrero is 0-1 with an ERA of 5.40. Emilis will look to get a confidence boosting start against a Brantford team that hasn’t been very threatening for a lot of opponents the last two seasons.

Here is the full starting lineup

  1. LF - Noel McGarry-Doyle

  2. CF - Canice Ejoh

  3. SS - Starlin Rodriguez 

  4. DH - Ryan Rijo

  5. 3B - Adam Odd

  6. C - Josh Cote

  7. 1B - Dom Morea

  8. RF - Charlie Iriotakis 

  9. 2B - Owen Jansen

Players to look out for

Starlin Rodriguez: It doesn’t matter where Starlin Rodriguez plays, he is still going to find a way to make an impact. Barrie’s leader in home runs, walks, and runs scored also showed his defensive ability yesterday in Hamilton. Rodriguez layed out for a fly ball and held on for a snow cone catch.

Josh Cote: Last night was Cote’s first start this season where he did not pick up a hit. Cote still walked twice and picked up an RBI in a 5-3 win. We learned last Saturday that Josh is also not afraid to flip the bat on home runs meaning if he connects, we could be in for some extra entertainment.

Game and Broadcast Info

This afternoon's game starts at 4:05. Get tickets here and if you can’t make it, tune into Baycats TV. Enjoy the game.