Cardinals buried by Baycats

ibl logoAn eight-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning carried the Barrie Baycats to a 13-3 senior Intercounty Baseball League win over the visiting Hamilton Cardinals on Tuesday (June 4).

The setback cut the Cardinals’ win streak at two games.

Andris Rizquez and Kyle Gappa each had two hits for Hamilton, stretching their hitting streaks to five and eight games respectively. With the win, Barrie moves into possession of fourth place with a 5-6 record and Hamilton falls to 4-7, tied with Guelph for sixth place, six games out of first place.

After Barrie had taken a one run lead in the first inning, Anthony Rizquez, Mike Gottschalk and Andris Rizquez all singled load the bases with none out for the Cardinals in the third. Dre Celestijn then grounded out but plated Anthony Rizquez to tie the game. But that was all the offence Hamilton could muster.

The Baycats regained the one-run lead in their half of the inning.

Hamilton again bounced back when Dan Jagdeo scored on Justin Malabanan’s two-out RBI single in the sixth for a 2-2 tie. Barrie blew the game open with its eight runs during their at-bat. The Baycats added a single run in the seventh and two more in the eighth. Hamilton counted with a solo score after Zack Ranta doubled in the eighth and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

For Hamilton, Brett van Pelt started the game and took the loss going five and a third innings, allowing five runs – only two were earned – on six hits, walking three and striking out one. Reliever John Solazzo went an inning and a third, allowing six unearned runs on five hits while striking out three. Dustin Godden pitched the final inning and a third for the Cardinals allowing two earned runs on three hits, walking three and striking out one.

For Barrie, Brad Bissell went five innings allowing one earned run on six hits, walking one and striking out two for a no decision. Chris England took the win, going two innings in relief of Bissell. He allowed one earned run on two hits and striking out one. Jake Hines pitched the eighth, allowing one earned run on two hits and striking out two. Shaun Slemko closed out the game for the Baycats, walking one of the four batters he faced.

Hamilton committed four errors to Barrie’s none.

Hamilton’s next game is Friday (June 7) at home against the Burlington Bandits at 7:30 p.m. at Bernie Arbour Stadium. In the first meeting of the season the Cardinals defeated the Bandits, 11-8, at Nelson Park.