Cards pushed to edge of elimination

ibl logoThe Barrie Baycats exploded for seven runs in the top of the 12th inning to stun the Hamilton Cardinals 11-4 in Intercounty Baseball League playoff action on Wednesday night (Aug. 14).

Barrie takes a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and can wrap up the series with a win at home in Game 5 on Thursday night.

The visiting Baycats broke open the game with seven runs on six hits and were helped by an error to finally prevail in the game, which saw the Cardinals score on a passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 4-3 lead before Barrie tied the game with a single run in the ninth to force extra innings.

Brendan Keys had a big blow in the 12th with a three-run double to seal the win for Barrie. Jason Coker had three hits, a run scored and an RBI for the Baycats, who had 15 hits off five Hamilton pitchers.

Jordan Castaldo had two hits, scored twice and drove in another two runs for Barrie, while Kyle DeGrace had two hits, scored twice and one RBI. Ryan Spataro had two hits and scored twice, while Kevin Atkinson and Ryan Asis also had two hits for the winners.

Reliever Josh Stoffer, the third Barrie pitcher, got the win. He went three shutout innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts and one walk.

Hamilton reliever Ryan Van Spronsen, the fourth of five Hamilton pitchers, was the loser. He went 2 1/3 innings, allowing five runs – just one earned – on four hits with two strikeouts and four walks.

Zack Ranta had three hits and scored twice for the Cards, who were out-hit 15-10. Dre Celestijn added two hits and scored twice and Jon Salazzo also had two hits for the Cardinals.