Guerrero Throws Seven Shutout Innings in Blowout win over Maple Leafs

by Ryan Eakin

MIDHURST - Making them pay.

The Barrie Baycats defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 13-3 on Friday evening to improve to 18-6 on the regular season.

With the loss, the Maple Leafs fall to 9-17 on the regular season.

Baycats starting pitcher Emilis Guerrero recorded the win, tossing seven innings while giving up zero earned runs on six hits while striking out three batters along the way.

Baycats designated hitter Ryan Rijo led the way at the plate, going four-for-six.

Maple Leafs starting pitcher Justin Cicatello took the loss, tossing four innings while giving up six earned runs on thirteen hits and three bases on balls to go along with four strikeouts. 

TORONTO - 3-10-4

BARRIE - 13-19-1

BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME: Up 4-0 with the bases loaded and two out, Baycats catcher Parker Walker hit a second-inning bases-clearing triple to give the Baycats a 7-0 lead, opening the ball game up for good.

NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE GAME: Tonight was a battle between two of the Intercounty Baseball League's best starting pitchers, as Cicatello came into tonight leading the league in earned run average, while Guerrero was second.

After tonight's performance, Guerrero is now leading the league in ERA.

BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THE GAME: Depth has been a talking point all season long for the Baycats, but tonight was its finest example yet.

Down Ryan Spataro, Kevin Atkinson, Kyle DeGrace and Stevie Lewis, it was the likes of Rijo and Walker that stepped up in a big way for the Baycats this evening. 

QUOTES FROM THE GAME:...

On the offence: "Well this is what being a team is all about," said Rijo. "We pick each other up, especially when a few key players are gone. When you have nineteen hits like we did tonight, you're going to score some runs and that's what we did tonight."

More on the offence: "During BP today a lot of us were working on and focusing on staying the other way," said Rijo. "I don't know if you can pull this up or not, but a lot of our hits were oppo. I know all four of mine were left centre or left field, so we were really focusing on that today because he's a subby (submarine pitcher), so the ball was going to sink. 

"It's all about how we prep for our games."

(The Baycats had five opposite-field hits tonight. One from Castaldo, and four from Rijo.)

On Guerrero: "That was one of the best outings for him this season," said Rijo. "I'm glad we were able to put up those runs for him so that we could give him some rest, because it's a long season. I always say that it's a marathon, not a sprint.

"Throwing eighty through seven, that's incredible. If you keep it to that many innings per pitches, it's almost ten pitches an inning, which is awesome."

On having seven games in ten days starting with tonight's game: "I'm glad that we have a lot of home games coming up," said Rijo. "We have always played well at home throughout the years and this year too. 

"It's just going to be nice. It feels like we've been on the road forever, so it's nice to be home. That'll help us get through the busy schedule for sure."

NEXT UP: On Sunday, the Baycats welcome the London Majors to Coates Stadium.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM

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Photo: Brian Backland/Brian Backland Photography