BARRIE – The Barrie Baycats exploded with a nine-run fifth inning and took advantage of five Burlington Bandit errors to come away with a 14-11 slugfest in senior Intercounty Baseball League play on Tuesday night (July 2).
The Baycats nine-run outburst in the fifth inning wiped out a 3-1 lead the Bandits were nursing. After adding a lone run in the sixth, Burlington posted five more in the seventh to cut the Barrie lead to 10-9. Barrie posted two runs in the bottom of the inning to increase the margin to 12-9 before the teams exchanged a pair of runs in the eighth inning, solidifying the Baycats’ victory.
The win improves Barrie’s record to 13-11, just a half game back of the Panthers for third place in the IBL standings. The Bandits remain in last place in the IBL with a 5-17 mark on the season.
Barrie starter Chris Kemlo earned the win, allowing six hits and four runs – one earned – with five strikeouts over six innings. Brett Lawson pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts to earn the save.
Brandon Dhue singled and hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot, finishing with two runs scored and four RBI in the win. Kyle DeGrace had a pair of hits, while Kyle Gilligan singled, scored twice and drove in two runs. Ryan Asis, Jordan Castaldo and Kevin Atkinson each singled and scored twice with Atkinson adding an RBI. Jeff Cowan singled, scored and drove in a run, while Jonathan Fernandez and Jason Coker scored one and two runs, respectively.
Evan DiMichele was the second of four Burlington pitchers and suffered the loss, allowing four hits and eight runs – two earned – with four walks over 2 1/3 innings pitched.
Ryan Clarke went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI for the Bandits, while Darryl Pui singled three times, doubled, scored twice and also drove in a run. Daniel Peake and Jeff MacLeod each doubled and drove in three runs, Connor Panas and Phil Steer each singled and scored twice. Nick Studer singled and scored, while Kyle Morton added a run scored for the Bandits.
Burlington outhit Barrie, 13-9.
The Bandits have committed a league-high 59 errors this season.