Wilson Continues Tear as Severely Undermanned Baycats Reel in Jackfish
WELLAND - Oh.
The Barrie Baycats -- with seven position players -- defeated the Welland Jackfish 6-5 on Saturday evening to improve to 8-10 on the season.
With the loss, the Jackfish fall to 9-10 on the season.
Baycats reliever Brad Grieveson recorded the win, tossing two and one-third of an inning while allowing zero earned runs on one hit.
The strike-throwing hurler struck out a pair of Jackfish batters.
Baycats centre fielder Jake Wilson continues to tear up pitching across the league, going three-for-three with one base on balls.
Jackfish starting pitcher Casey Bouillere-Howard took the loss, tossing just one and two-thirds of an inning while allowing four earned runs on five hits and three bases on balls.
BARRIE - 6-12-1
WELLAND - 5-9-2
BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME...
In the top of the seventh inning, Baycats shortstop Owen Jansen hit a sacrifice fly to centre field to score second basemen Mike Duwyn from third, who reached base on a triple.
The run gave the Baycats their sixth run of the ball game and thus turned out to be the winning run on the night.
BY THE NUMBERS...
1. For the second game in a row, the Baycats recorded just one error defensively. The reality of this season is becoming clear: Whatever team throws the most strikes and plays the cleanest baseball will be crowned champion come late September.
2. Both Duwyn and Baycats catcher James Anderson recorded their first multi-hit games of the season tonight.
4. Baycats starter Reilly Hoover pitched four strong innings in his IBL debut. The former Ontario Blue Jay went four innings while allowing two earned runs on four hits and zero bases on balls.
The southpaw struck out a pair of Jackfish batters.
9. It has been nine years since a Baycats manager had to play in the Baycats' lineup due to a shortage of guys but that is what Baycats manager Josh Matlow had to do tonight. Matlow went one-for-four with a walk tonight from the designated hitter position.
The last time a Baycats manager had to play in a game was in July of 2012 against the Kitchener Panthers.
Baycats manager Angus Roy went 0-3 that night with a base on ball.
NEWS FROM THE GAME...
- As stated, Matlow batted in the Baycats' lineup tonight due to injuries to Marcel Lacasse, David LeBlanc, and Carson Burns, and due to Jeff Cowan, Ryan Rijo, Branfy Infante, Tyler Plumpton, and Darius Barlas being unavailable due to prior commitments.
- Baycats reliever Evan Soules was also in the Baycats' lineup tonight, playing third base. He went 0-5 with a couple of strikeouts but more importantly, made no errors.
The Baycats travel to Kitchener tomorrow for a doubleheader from Jack Couch Park.
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