OFFENSE DOESN'T GIVE UP, BAYCATS OUTLAST BRANTFORD 12-11
BARRIE — The term roller coaster used to describe this game would be an understatement. In ten innings, the Barrie Baycats outlasted the Brantford Red Sox 12-11. In a game where the offense picked up the defense, Baycats fans at Vintage Throne Stadium were treated to an exciting contest.
It seemed like eight hours ago when starter Emilis Guerrero took the mound and surrendered seven runs, two of them earned. Guerrero was taken out in the second inning after giving up ten hits. It would be up to the bullpen to give Barrie’s offense a chance.
The pitching got some help after five runs were scored in the bottom of the third inning. It was the top of the order at it again. They were set up thanks to a double from Victor Plaz that was followed by a walk taken by Owen Jansen. An out later, Canice Ejoh hit a two-run single. Then came the power bats of Starlin Rodriguez and Ryan Rijo. Starlin doubled, scoring Ejoh and Rijo’s first home run of the season capped it.
Adam Khan and Brad Grieveson pitched well despite the struggling defense behind them. They would need some help though, and they would get it from Rijo again when the slugging DH smacked his second long ball of the afternoon.
The defense kept haunting Barrie in the late innings but they would not give up. Baycats fans got behind their team. Down to their final strike in the ninth, McGarry-Doyle, Ejoh, and Rodriguez all reached base to put together two runs. The game was tied thanks to some great base running!
The arms once again did their part to strand the extra inning runner in the top of the tenth and send it to the bottom half. After all of the difficult innings early on, the final frame came a little easier. With Cote on second, two Baycats were intentionally walked, setting up bases loaded with none out and Victor Plaz due up. This proved to be costly for the Red Sox when Plaz was walked, winning the game.
Now with three straight wins, your Barrie Baycats will head off to London to play the Majors at Labatt Park. The first pitch is at 2:00 pm tomorrow. A Baycats TV Broadcast is still up in the air but if you are in the area, tickets to the game can be bought here. The Majors will also be broadcasting this game on Majors TV for fans to enjoy.
YOU CAN WATCH THE FULL BROADCAST OF THE GAME TODAY ON BAYCATS TV FEATURING BEN DAVY, DYLAN QUINN, AND JULIUS HERN. THE BROADCAST WAS PRODUCED BY BRIAN BACKLAND ASSISTED BY JOSEPH NARDELLA.