Morro Hits Grand Slam in Blowout Win over Red Sox in Game One

by Ryan Eakin

BARRIE - On paper, everyone knows what this series is.

It's a one seed against an eight seed, a dynasty against a rebuilding baseball club.

The Barrie Baycats are heavy favourites, while the Brantford Red Sox are the undisputed underdogs. 

But the Red Sox -- coming into this series -- have two starting pitchers in Edison Frias and Abel De Los Santos who are capable of stealing a baseball game or two all by themselves.

Tonight, however, wasn't one of those nights.

In game one, the Red Sox turned to De Los Santos and he was hit hard.

His final four innings were great -- allowing no earned runs -- but the damage was done through the first two innings, with the Baycats scoring three runs in the first inning and four in the second inning to jump out to a 7-0 lead.

They would wind up winning 12-2, with Baycats shortstop Conner Morro leading the way.

His seventh-inning grand slam was the first grand slam of his IBL career.

"This year I haven't swung the bat the way I wanted to obviously, but I made some adjustments with my little brother actually," said Morro.

"Usually it's the other way around but he helped me out and I found my swing a little bit. I had a good night tonight."

While the offence was the story tonight, Baycats co-ace Emilis Guerrero bounced back after a tough outing against the Red Sox last Thursday.

He went seven innings, allowing just one earned runs on two hits and two bases on balls.

Morro said it was just another night at the office for Guerrero.

"That's just what he does," Morro said of Guerrero's outing tonight.

"He just goes out there and competes, throws strikes and fools guys often with his stuff.

"He creates weak contact and allows his defence to make plays for him."

By winning game one, and doing so in blowout fashion, the Baycats avoid a game one letdown and avoid giving the Red Sox hope heading into game two.

Morro said that's why taking game one of a playoff series is so important.

"They're going to come out and compete," said Morro. "And we are not going to take them lightly."

"But it's nice to get that big first game win. We kind of turned the page on the regular-season with our Tuesday win over Kitchener, so now we feel like we are ready to go for the playoffs."

Game two of the Baycats' quarterfinal series against the Red Sox will take place this Saturday at Coates Stadium in Midhurst.

Matthew St. Kitts will take the mound for the Baycats.

Please note that game five (if needed) will now take place Wednesday evening in Midhurst instead of Thursday evening.

The rest of our home schedule for the first round remains intact.

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