Baycats romp over Bandits

ibl logoJon Waltenbury had four hits, scored four runs and drove in six more and Kyle Gilligan also had four hits, three runs scored and two RBI as the visiting Barrie Baycats mauled the Burlington Bandits, 14-3, in one of two games played in the Intercounty Baseball League Thursday (May 16).

Barrie (2-2) pounded out 20 hits in the game and scored six runs in the fourth inning to blow open the game early to hand the Bandits their second loss in three games this season.

Ryan Asis added three hits, a run scored and an RBI to the Baycats attack while Jeff Cowan contributed two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Kyle DeGrace added three hits and scored three runs as every Barrie starter had at least one hit.

Chris Kemlo started and got the win, going six innings. He allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks before two relievers finished up the nine-hitter in a game that saw 10 errors committed, five by each team.

Starter Jason Pilkington was the loser for the Bandits, going just 3 2/3 innings. He allowed seven runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

Darryl Pui and Daniel Peake both had two hits in a losing cause for the Bandits, who lost their second straight.

In Kitchener, Mike Andrulis hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Panthers to a dramatic 9-8 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Panthers scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game and then got a walk-off double by Andrulis in the bottom of the ninth inning to stun the Leafs, dropping Toronto’s record to 3-2 while the Panthers improved to 2-1.

Toronto was cruising along with an 8-3 lead but reliever Cam Gray was roughed up for five runs on five hits with three walks in just 1 1/3 innings, and had to be relieved in the bottom of the eighth by usual ace starter Marek Deska.

Deska managed to escape the eighth but allowed Andrulis’ game-winning hit in the ninth as Kitchener completed its unlikely comeback.

Andrulis had three hits and Keith Kandel led the Kitchener attack with two hits and three RBI, while Darnell Duckett had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two more. Mat Taube and Mitch Delaney both added two hits for the Panthers.

Reliever Daisuke Yasui pitched the final two innings for the win. Starter Adam Echlin was roughed up for seven runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out two and walking one.

Kevin Hinton had a huge game for the Leafs in a losing cause, belting a pair of home runs among his four hits. He wound up scoring three runs and driving in another three for Toronto as well.

Sean Mattson also homered and had two hits, Jordan Castaldo added a two-run homer and Glenn Jackson and Tyler Fata both had two hits for the Leafs.