BARRIE – Three runs in the top of the eighth inning made all the difference as the Burlington Bandits hung on for a 5-3 win over the Barrie Baycats in the lone game played in the Intercounty Baseball League on Tuesday night (July 9).
Barrie took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and held it until the Bandits scored back-to-back single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to go ahead 2-1. The Baycats tied the game with a lone run in the seventh before the Bandits scored three times in the top of the eighth for a 5-2 lead.
Barrie mustered a single run in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t complete the comeback, as they slipped to 16-13 on the season with their second straight loss.
It was the second straight win for the seventh place Bandits (7-19).
Jamie Lekas earned the win for Burlington, allowing six hits and three runs – two earned – with two walks and three strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings pitched. Jeff MacLeod threw a hitless and scoreless ninth, dishing one strikeout amongst his final three outs to earn the save.
Eight Burlington hitters accounted for their eight hits on the night, including Darryl Pui who doubled and drove in a pair of runs with a run scored. Nick Studer doubled and drove in one, scoring once while MacLeod singled, scored and added an RBI. Daniel Peake and Phil Steer each had a hit, while Ryan Clarke singled and drove in a run for the visitors.
Starter Brad Bissell took the loss for the fourth place Baycats (16-13), allowing six hits and four earned runs with three walks and eight strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings.
Jeff Cowan had a pair of hits with a run scored for the hosts in the loss, while Kevin Atkinson added an RBI double, scoring two. Ryan Asis and Jordan Castaldo each doubled and scored, while Brandon Dhue singled and drove in a run. Jason Coker rounded out the seven-hit Barrie attack with a single.