It may have been Independence Day in the U.S., but the Barrie Baycats put on their own fireworks display with a convincing 17-5 win over host Burlington Bandits in the Intercounty Baseball League on Thursday night (July 4).
Barrie burst out of the gate with a five-run first inning and continued to post runs in all but two innings. The Baycats (15-11) were up 12-1 after the fourth inning. They added five more runs over the final three innings, capping off a 16-hit performance. It’s the third straight win for the Baycats, who have scored 49 runs over that span.
The last place Bandits continue to struggle, falling to 5-18 on the season. After winning back-to-back games – their longest win streak of the season – they have lost back-to-back games to the Baycats.
Leading the charge for Barrie was a two home run performance from Jordan Castaldo, who finished with two runs scored and three RBI. Ryan Spataro singled and homered, driving in a pair of runs and scoring twice, while Garrett Ferguson also had a pair of hits including his first home run of the season.
Brendan Keys had a three-hit night with two singles and a double, driving in one and scoring three times. Jason Coker homered and drove in a pair of runs with two runs scored, while Kyle DeGrace had a pair of singles, an RBI and two runs scored. Jeff Cowan singled, scored and added an RBI, and Jonathan Fernandez singled twice, drove in a run and scored for the winners.
Barrie starter Nick Fogerty went five innings and was credited with the win.
The Bandits mustered nine hits in the loss, but were guilty of committing three errors on the night. They were led offensively by Connor Panas and Levi Larmour who each had a pair of hits and a run scored, with Larmour adding an RBI. Peter Bako and Brian Sewell each singled and drove in a run, while Ryan Clarke and Jeff Kosta each singled and scored. Kyle Morton singled and Jeff MacLeod added an RBI.
Burlington starter Dylan Perego lasted just two innings and suffered the loss, giving up eight hits and six earned runs with two walks and a strikeout.
Burlington travels to Brantford on Friday night (July 5) to play the Red Sox and will entertain the same team on Saturday at Nelson Park, 2 p.m.