Baycats keep T-Birds off balance

Barrie got on the senior Intercounty Baseball League scoreboard early and often, scoring six times in the first three innings as the Baycats defeated the Hamilton Thunderbirds 14-7 on Sunday afternoon.

Glenn Jackson led off the game with a single and promptly stole second and third base before scoring on Phil Steer’s ground out to second base. Two batters latter, Jordan Lundberg extended the Barrie lead with a solo homerun to left field. The visitors to Bernie Arbour Stadium added an additional two runs in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead after an inning and a half.

Adam Durfee provided the Thunderbirds with their first run in the second with a lead-off single. He reached home on a wild pitch after advancing to third base on Chris Piano’s base hit.

Donavon Latour gave Barrie a five-run lead in the top of the third inning when he hit a triple to plate two runners but Hamilton got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning on Piano’s bases-loaded single. The Thunderbirds got back within two runs in the fifth inning when Darnell Duckett led off with a double and scored on Durfee’s groundout. Matt McGraw also scored in the inning thanks to Jon Saporsanto’s RBI single.

Hamilton then got into trouble in the sixth inning allowing a single and two hit batters, which led to three runs being walked in. Barrie added two more runs in the top of the seventh after Matt Proctor reached base on an error by relief catcher Matt Fortuna and scored on Jackson’s double. Jackson then scored off of Dave Latour’s single up the middle.

The Thunderbirds got three runs back in the bottom of the.

On the mound, Ryan Dillaboigh took the win going five innings and allowing four runs on 10 hits while striking out four Thunderbirds batters. Jake Hines and Chris England finished the game for Barrie combining for four innings of work and allowing only three runs on three hits.

Kyle Pegg took the loss in three innings of work, allowing six runs on six hits. In relief, Bill Langford, Justin Volpato and Mike Fortuna shared the final six innings of the game allowing eight runs on 11 hits and five walks.

The Hamilton Thunderbirds are in Brantford to take on the Red Sox on Wednesday (June 2) starting at 8 p.m. and will return to Bernie Arbour on Friday (June 4) for a 7:30 p.m. first pitch against the Toronto Maple Leafs.