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Friday, September 7, 2018

Baycats Champs Again

Kitchener | by Ken Hashizume  

Barrie wins their 5th straight IBL Championship after a 6-3 victory over Kitchener in Game 6.

The drive for five is now complete.

The Barrie Baycats won their fifth straight Intercounty Baseball League championship beating the Kitchener Panthers 6-3 on Thursday night to take the finals 4-2.

The Baycats trailed 1-0 in the second inning when Kyle DeGrace (3-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI) slugged an opposite field home run with Jordan Castaldo on board to give Barrie a 2-1 lead.

The Panthers would take a 3-2 lead in the fifth on a groundout by Mike Gordner scoring Colin Gordner, and a single by Brian Burton driving in Tanner Nivens.

Glenn Jackson (2-for-4, HR, 2B) would hit a one-out solo home run in the 7th off Mike Schnurr (1 1/3IP, 3R, 2H, 1BB, 1K) to tie the game up at 3-3.

Then with Ryan Spataro on first, Starlin Rodriguez launched a 2-run homer off Schnurr to give Barrie a 5-3 lead.

The Baycats shortstop took his time rounding the bases drawing the ire of the Panthers.

Rodriguez and Panthers catcher Mike Gordner got into an altercation at home plate leading to both benches being cleared.

Baycats starter Santos Arias was solid once again going 8 innings, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits, walking one, and striking out 6.

Adam Hawes pitched the ninth to earn the save.

Christian Hauck got the start for the Panthers and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 3 and striking out 6 over 5 innings.

Jackson was named playoff MVP.


Click on audio to hear post-game reaction from Baycats outfielders Glenn Jackson and Jeff Cowan, manager Angus Roy, and team president Dave Mills.


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