BARRIE – After a 25-minute rain delay to start the game, the Barrie Baycats came out and took advantage of three errors by the Hamilton Cardinals in the third inning that translated into a 2-1 series lead and a 10-3 victory on Tuesday night (Aug. 13) in the best-of-seven quarter final Intercounty Baseball League match-up.
Dre Celestijn and Anthony Rizquez each had RBI singles for the Cardinals while Barrie got home runs from Kyle DeGrace, Kyle Gilligan and Jason Coker.
For the third straight game in the playoffs, the Baycats got on the board first. Gilligan led off the inning with a single and then scored when Coker took a full count pitch out of the park. Ryan Asis followed with a singled and moved to second on Jonathan Fernandez’ sacrifice bunt for the first out of the inning. Barrie added four more runs in the inning on just two hits while the Cardinals committed three errors. Two of those runs came on a Kevin Atkinson two-run single while Jeff Cowan added one on a single of his own.
The Cardinals got on the board in the third. Zack Sardellitti and Mike Gottschalk led off the inning with singles. Sardellitti, however, was picked off before Andris Rizquez grounded out to move Gottschalk up 90-feet. Gottschalk scored on Celestijn’s two-out single.
Hamilton added another run in the fourth. Kyle Gappa and John Solazzo each hit one out singles to put runners on first and second. Anthony Rizquez then singled and brought in Gappa to cut Barrie’s lead to 6-2. That’s when the skies opened up again to put the game in a second rain delay which lasted 25 minutes.
Barrie got the bats going after the delay with three consecutive singles by Ryan Spataro, DeGrace and Jordan Castaldo to load the bases. However, Matt Martinow would get Atkinson to fly out and Cowan to hit into a double play to end the threat.
Andris Rizquez led off the Hamilton half of the fifth with a single and advanced when Celestijn drew a walk. Jagdeo singled to load the bases with one out. Andris scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-3.
Barrie responded in the bottom half on the inning as Gilligan hit a leadoff home run. Asis would then single and moved to second on Fernandez’ groundout before scoring on Spataro’s single. Spataro would also score in the inning on Castaldo’s third single of the game to give the Baycats a 9-3 lead.
Barrie would add one more in the seventh on DeGrace’s solo home run on their way to a 10-3 victory.
For Hamilton, Matt Martinow took the loss going six innings, giving up nine runs, five of which were unearned, on 13 hits, while walking three batters, hitting one and striking out one. Dustin Godden pitched the final two innings giving up one run on two hits and striking out one.
For the Baycats, Chris Kemlo earned the win going five innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits, walking one batter and hitting another while striking out three. Adam Hawes entered the game to start the sixth for Barrie, striking out two of the seven batters he faced. Josh Soffer and Chris England would each pitch an inning combining to strikeout four batters without allowing a batter to reach base.
The Cardinals will look to tie the series up in game No.4 which is back in Hamilton on Wednesday (Aug 14) at 7:30 p.m.