by Sam Aucoin

GUELPH – The winning streak extends to five now with a 10-2 win in Guelph for the Barrie Baycats. The offense came alive in the third and eighth innings to lead Barrie to victory. Noel McGarry-Doyle and Ryan Rijo combined for five runs batted in and Juan Benítez got his third win of the season in his second start.

The scoring didn’t start for either team until the third inning. That is when the Baycats got to work. Victor Plaz and Tyler Plumpton were both hit by Royals Starter Yomar Concepcion. Carson Burns followed that with a walk to load the bases. Plaz and Plumpton would both score on back-to-back RBI singles from McGarry-Doyle and Canice Ejoh. Now with Noel with Canice on second and third, Ryan Rijo knocked them both in with a base hit making it 4-0.

Barrie would score a run in both the fourth and sixth innings to extend its lead to 6-0. That was more than enough for Benítez as he was dominant. The 31-year-old threw seven innings giving up two hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Concepcion for Guelph didn’t have the same luck. Six innings, six hits, six runs, two walks, and five punchouts.

But the Cats were not done. McGarry-Doyle was at it again driving in another which started a four run eighth inning. Josh Tibbits, who came in to pinch hit for Ryan Rijo, got his first RBI of the season on a sac fly. Two more runs came in when Dom Morea hit a double. The Royals would get two in the bottom half thanks to a wild pitch and an Ethan Hammond run scoring single. 

Aiden Rossel came in for the final frame to shut things down. Here are some notes from the game. First, Guelph’s Chris Robinson had to leave the contest with what looked to be a hamstring injury. Second, and this is an interesting one, Evan Soules came in to play some third base late in the game getting two pop ups including the final out. 

With the winning streak still going, the Barrie Baycats will face a tough challenge this Thursday when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to Vintage Throne Stadium. The first pitch is at 7:35 pm. Get your tickets here. The game will also be available on Baycats TV.