Baycats show no mercy in plucking IBL Cards

Ryan Spataro went four-for-four and Mike Reeves went three-for-four for Barrie as the Baycats held the Cardinals to two hits and blanked the Hamilton visitors, 17-0. Matt McGraw and Andrew Jacinto were the only Cards to get into the “H” column of the boxscore of the Cards in Saturday’s (July 21) senior Intercounty Baseball League game.

The win moved Barrie into third place with a 20-15 record while the loss was Hamilton’s 13th straight.

Barrie’s route started in the second inning when Robert Recuenco reached base on an error and later scored when Kyle DeGrace reached base on the Cardinals’ second error in the inning. Spataro doubled to bring in Reeves, who had walked, and DeGrace for a 3-0 lead. All three runs were unearned.

The Baycats would score two more unearned runs in the third. Kevin Atkinson reached base on the third error of the game and then advanced to second on Recuenco’s single. Both runners would move up 60-feet as they each stole a base then scored on Reeves’ double.

Barrie would go on to score a single run in the fifth, 10 in the seventh and another in the eighth for the victory.

For Hamilton, Brett van Pelt took the loss going five innings allowing six runs – only one was earned – on six hits while walking seven and striking out four. Matt Betts would relieve van Pelt and go an inning and two-thirds allowing nine earned runs on seven hits while striking out two batters. Nino Fasulo finished the game with an inning and a third of work on the mound. Fasulo allowed two earned runs on five hits while striking out one.

Barrie used six pitchers on the night. Adam Hawes started the game and went two innings allowing a hit and two strikeouts. Shaun Slemko also went two innings and earned the win, allowing a hit, walking one batter and striking out three. Chris England took the mound in the fifth and sixth innings, walking a batter and striking out three. Scott Kelly, Jake Hines, Justin Atkinson each pitched an inning for the Baycats combining to walk a batter and striking out three.

Hamilton and Barrie will meet for the final time this season on Sunday night starting at 7:30 p.m. on Fan Appreciation Night at Bernie Arbour Stadium. The Cardinals will also play their rainout game that the game originally scheduled for Friday, July 13 against the Ottawa Fat Cats on Tuesday (July 24) at Bernie Arbour Stadium starting at 7:30 p.m..