by Sam Aucoin

GUELPH – Welcome to the Cesar Rosado show!

The Barrie Baycats beat the Guelph Royals 5-3, improving to 6-2 on the season. Winners of two in a row and five out of their last six, the Baycats got yet another amazing pitching performance from Cesar Rosado.

Rosado, now 3-0 on the young season, threw six innings in this game, striking out nine batters and only walking a pair. He would get some early-run support as Barrie would jump out to an early lead in the first inning.

Four runs would cross the plate in the first three innings, capped by a Nolan Machibroda no-doubt home run to right field, scoring Adam Odd in front of him. Head to the Baycats Instagram page for another look. It is definitely one worth watching again.


Not much happened after that, as Baycats pitching shut down a Royals offence that was firing on all cylinders coming into the game. Christian Lazar would be first out of the bullpen, giving up two hits and a run, working around a missed play at third base, where the ball would fall in on an infield pop-up.

Guelph found no life in the eighth as Brandon Hillier worked a dominant inning of relief, punching out two. Brad Grieveson would come on in the ninth, giving up a two-run home run to J.D. Williams, then got three straight outs to close the game.

The Baycats stayed in control throughout the game because of great pitching. On a beautiful night of baseball – and the Intercounty Baseball League’s game of the week – the Baycats won 5-3 and will head to London on Friday to face the Majors. The first pitch is at 7:35 p.m.

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Photo: Bob Hurley