The Barrie Baycats can thank the Hamilton Thunderbirds for their recent fortunes. The T-Birds were on the short end of 7-4 and 6-5 games playing the Baycats in Intercounty Baseball League play and the results brought Barrie to within a half game of first place in the senior circuit Thursday night (July 3).
Barrie defeated Hamilton 7-4 in a regularly scheduled game after winning the completion of a suspended game to improve to 20-7 on the season, Guelph Royals have won 14 straight games to take over first place. Hamilton’s record worsened to 7-18, leaving them 12.5 games out of first place and in second-last place in the nine-team loop. Stratford Nationals are three games back of Hamilton with a 4-21 record.
In the scheduled game, Paul Spoljaric pitched seven strong innings for the win, allowing three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Scott Price finished up, allowing one run on three hits in the final two innings.
A two-run double by Todd Betts keyed a four-run fourth inning for Barrie, while Jared McCord had three hits and drove in a pair of runs.
Loser Scott Wells went 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on six hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Richard Rausch had two hits and drove in three runs for the T-Birds, while Tom Robertson and Matt Bekar both had two hits.
In the suspended game from June 5, the Baycats scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the 6-5 win. Ryan Asis hit a sacrifice fly to score Matt Proctor with the winning run.
Reliever Brad Bissell picked up the win, allowing one run on one hit over three innings with one walk. Spataro had three hits and drove in two runs to pace the nine-hit Barrie attack.
Rausch had two hits, including a homer, and Richard Wright also homered for Hamilton. Geoff Allen had a pair of doubles and drove in a run for the Thunderbirds.
Reliever Rob Forscairn was the loser for the T-Birds, allowing two runs on one hit with six walks in 2 2/3 innings.