by Sam Aucoin

BARRIE — Frank Garcés goes the distance leading the Barrie Baycats to a 9-4 victory over the London Majors. In a complete team effort, it was Noel McGarry-Doyle and Malik Williams who supplied the power.

McGarry-Doyle, with four hits including a solo missile, gave Barrie an add-on run in the seventh inning. The Baycats left fielder now has three home runs and 19 RBI. All that while playing great defense in the outfield.

“Taking Quality hacks in the cage before the game – getting myself mentally prepped – just kind of taking some advice from some of the vets (veterans) we have on the team,” said McGarry-Doyle postgame. “We’re just enjoying the energy,” he added. 

The Baycats got their first runs on yet another rocket off the bat of Malik Williams. Williams, since rejoining the Baycats, now has a pair of home runs and eight RBI in four games played. 

“Malik Williams is a big bat in the lineup and it forces pitchers to pitch to the guys in front – [he] just makes us more dangerous,” said Manager and GM Josh Matlow. “He left a pitch up and I put a good swing on it,” commented Williams. 

Combining for six hits and four RBI, the rock-solid bats of Ryan Rijo and Adam Odd each had three hits. Odd, now batting .400 on the season, has had multiple hits in his last three games. Rijo, driving in three runs today, has six RBI in his last four games. 

Frank Garcés was dominant again, this time pitching a complete game and striking out seven hitters. This is the sixth time in his IBL career he has pitched a complete game. Frank now improves to 5-0 on the season.

“It’s huge – It saves our bullpen – gives us a chance tomorrow to take home our third win in a row and three out of four this weekend,” Matlow said. 

NEXT UP: The Barrie Baycats wrap up a four-game weekend with a Sunday showdown against the Guelph Royals. The first pitch is at 3:05 pm. Get your tickets here