Rijo Has Himself a Night as Baycats Complete Sweep of Red Sox

by Ryan Eakin

BRANTFORD - The Barrie Baycats -- with their 6-0 win tonight in game four -- have swept the Brantford Red Sox and advance to the Intercounty Baseball League semi-finals by doing so.

A predictable result heading into this series.

The Baycats entered the series as the healthier and far more talented team, while the Red Sox won just five games all season long.

The Red Sox lone regular-season bright spot -- ace Edison Frias -- didn't even make an appearance in this series, leading to two different position players pitching for them in the series -- highlighted by position player Jesse Fishbaum starting game three for the Red Sox on Sunday evening.

There were many positives for the Baycats throughout their four-game sweep, with ace Emilis Guerrero being one of them. 

The Dominican was fantastic in his two starts this series.

In game one, he went seven innings, allowing just one earned run. He threw six shutout innings tonight in game four before being relieved by reliever Brandon Hillier.

Hillier threw a scoreless bottom of the seventh inning before Brandon Catena tossed a scoreless bottom of the eighth inning.

Southpaw Brad Bissell -- on international left-handers day -- closed the series out by tossing a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning.

The most positive development was the play of Kyle DeGrace, as DeGrace -- having been their best playoff performer in 2012 and 2017 -- was the Baycats most productive position player this series.

He went a combined 8-18 with two bases on balls and nine RBI, with Sunday's game three, go-ahead grand slam being his series highlight. 

He went 3-5 tonight while collecting a stolen base.

He stole a combine three bases this series, the most he has stolen since the 2017 postseason.

Ryan Rijo -- after being absent from the team through the first three games of the series -- closed the series out with a bang tonight, going 5-5 with three RBI.

The Barrie, Ontario native has cemented his spot behind Kevin Atkinson in the Baycats' batting order.

The Baycats will now await their second-round opponent, whether it be the Welland Jackfish or Toronto Maple Leafs.

Full schedule details will be posted here when our second-round opponent is determined.


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