Wilson Leads the Charge as Baycats Continue to Crush Maple Leafs' Pitching

by Ryan Eakin

MIDHURST - Well, they can hit against the Leafs!

The Barrie Baycats defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 12-6 on Thursday evening to improve to 7-10 on the season.

With the loss, the Maple Leafs fall to 7-7 on the season.

Baycats reliever Brad Grivenson recorded the win in relief of Baycats starter Marshall Leishman, tossing two and one-third of an inning while allowing just one batter, with that base runner reaching via a hit by pitch.

The veteran hurler struck out four Maple Leafs' batters.

Baycats centre fielder Jake Wilson did it all at the plate, going four-for-six with two stolen bases and a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Maple Leafs reliever Adam Marra took the loss, tossing one and one-third of an inning while allowing three earned runs on four hits and two bases on balls.

TORONTO - 6-10-4

BARRIE - 12-13-1

BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME...

Up two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded, Baycats third basemen Branfy Infante hit a bases-clearing double to extend the Baycats' lead to five.

NICEST PLAY OF THE GAME...

In the bottom of the third inning, Maple Leafs' left fielder Grant Tamane made an unbelievable catch to rob Infante of an extra-base hit.

Unfortunately, Tamane was injured on the play and had to exit the ball game.

BY THE NUMBERS...

1. Just one error for the Baycats tonight, who were miles ahead of the Leafs defensively all night long tonight.

2. A pair of doubles for Baycats' designated hitter Michael Cecchetto tonight. Having hit nothing but singles all season for the Baycats, tonight was easily Cecchetto's best night in a Baycats jersey.

3. Without question the best night at the plate for Baycats outfielder Jake MacDonald this season. MacDonald went 1-3 with two bases on balls.

He struck out once but struck out in a respectable six-pitch at-bat in the bottom of the fifth inning.

3.1. Between Grieveson and Baycats closer Chris Cox, the Baycats bullpen threw 3.1 innings in relief of Baycats starter Marshall Leishman tonight, who was not his sharpest on this night, having allowed six earned runs on ten hits and three bases on balls in 5.2 innings pitched.

4. The Maple Leafs made four errors in tonight's game, with two coming from Jordan Castaldo at shortstop. A team player who will play anywhere asked of him, it is safe to say Castaldo is better off at first or third base for the Maple Leafs moving forward.

7. The Maple Leafs' bullpen (Marra, Kyle Perrett, and Brian Sewell) walked a combined seven Baycats' batters in 2.2 combined innings tonight, which was painful to watch, to say the least.

48. The Baycats have scored 48 runs against the Maple Leafs in the three games they have played against them this season. They have scored 59 runs in their 14 other games this season.

NEWS FROM THE GAME...

- Avery Tuck made his debut for the Baycats tonight, starting in right field. The outfielder went hitless, but reached base twice, one on a walk and one on a hit by pitch.

- His debut comes at an important time for the Baycats, with Noel McGarry-Doyle having left the team after this past Tuesday's game to attend his sophomore season at Southeastern CC.

- Jaspreet Shergill was at the ballpark tonight. The starting pitcher is expected to make his season debut sometime next week for the Baycats, who will also have infielder Royce Ando join the team next Thursday. It comes at a key time for the Baycats, who will be without starting pitcher Andrew Grieder, infielders Carson Burns and Marcel Lacasse, as well as outfielder David LeBlanc for the next little while, as all four are recovering from injuries. 

NEXT UP...

The Baycats begin a five-game road trip on Saturday when they travel to Welland to battle the Jackfish.

They return home on August 21st against the London Majors.

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