by Sam Aucoin

BARRIE – No shortage of power

The Barrie Baycats have won two in a row, defeating the Brantford Red Sox 3-2 on Junior Baycats Day. Back-to-back second inning home runs from Ryan Rijo and Malik Williams put Barrie out to an early lead, then in the seventh, it was Nolan Machibroda who left the yard, making it 3-2 and that score would be the final.

“We’re an aggressive team,” said Rijo, talking to Baycats TV broadcaster Julius Hern about all the first pitch swings the Baycats took in the game. “We’re just trying to get going.” While holding a 3-1 record in their first four games, Barrie’s offence has not necessarily been performing up to their potential but as Rijo mentioned, it is early and it will not take long for the Baycats to get going.

Rijo and company have had the luxury of playing behind some great pitching. That continued today with Carlos Sano working five scoreless innings in a really effective outing today.

“Pitching obviously is where it needs to be,” said Baycats manager and GM Josh Matlow. 

Brad Grieveson and Juan Benítez finished the job with Grieveson picking up the win and Benítez working two scoreless innings to close things out. Brad mentioned briefly after the game that his outing was not pretty – as he gave up a few runs – but a win is a win.

Baycats win 3-2

Photo: Bob Hurley