by Sam Aucoin

BRANTFORD – A blowout win and a good performance on the mound from Jeifry Nunez sealed the deal in a 14-1 Baycats victory against the Red Sox. In a game where every Baycats starter reached base, there were no home runs. That didn’t matter as the Baycats had 15 hits and nine walks.

Nunez, Barrie’s starting pitcher, racked up his best start on the hill for the Baycats this season. The right-hander matched a career-high with seven innings pitched and allowed zero runs while striking out four. Handing it over to the bullpen, Aiden Rossel and Max Lojko were able to shut things down without giving Brantford any chance at getting back into the game. 

This is the third game in a row the pen has been able to shut things down. Juan Benítez did it last Saturday and on Thursday against Guelph, it was Chris Cox, Brandon Hillier, and Brad Grieveson who kept the game right where it was. Good teams know how to shut the door and this Barrie staff has done just that lately.

The offense was led by a guy who needed a breakout game. That guy was Baycats outfielder Avery Tuck. Tuck, three for four tonight, drove in a pair of runs, played great defense, and added a double late in the game for good measure. The San Diego native, who is back with the Cats this season, could make a great impact at the bottom of this lineup if he heats up.

The Baycats scored four in the eighth and four in the ninth to secure the win. They are now 19-10 on the season, still tied with Kitchener for the second spot in the IBL. 

NEXT UP: The Barrie Baycats are back home for two games this weekend. Tomorrow, they will play London at 4:05 pm, and Sunday, they host Guelph at 3:05. Come on out to Vintage Throne Stadium and get your tickets to both games here