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Atkinson comes up big in Baycats win over Leafs

Barrie hosts the Brantford Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Coates Stadium
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Barrie Baycats slugger Kevin Atkinson is shown in this file photo. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

Kevin Atkinson homered and drove in three to lead the Barrie Baycats to an 8-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night at Coates Stadium.

Jordan Castaldo went 2-for-4 with a home run and scored twice.

Starlin Rodriguez singled twice and scored twice while driving in a run, Kyle DeGrace went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run, and Darren Shred and Ryan Spataro each drove in a run. 

Adrian Salcedo (2-0) earned the win with six scoreless innings.

Zach Sloan (0-2) took the loss for Toronto, giving up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits with four walks in four innings.

Offensively, Cooper Lamb's sacrifice fly was Toronto's only run. Ryan Santos had two of the Leafs' seven hits.

Barrie improved to 3-1, and Toronto fell to 3-3. 

Leyer leads Jackfish past Red Sox 

WELLAND – Reigning IBL Pitcher of the Week Euclides Leyer struck out nine over seven no-hit innings to lead the Welland Jackfish to a 6-3 win over the visiting Brantford Red Sox Thursday night.  

Leyer (2-0) walked one and allowed three unearned runs – all of which were scored in the sixth inning thanks to four Welland errors.

Casey Bouillere-Howard picked up his first save with two scoreless innings. He struck out one.

At the plate, Andrew Mercier and Nolan Pettipiece each had a pair of hits in the win. Wilson Soriano, Caleb Feuerstake and Brendon Dadson all had a hit, RBI and run. Kenny Hahnfeld drove in a run, and DeAndre Asbury-Heath scored twice. 

Anthony Rizquez singled and scored Brantford's only run. Michael Bannon (1-0) gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked three. 

The Red Sox dropped to 1-3, and Welland improved to 2-1.

Future games
Friday, May 24
Guelph at London, 7:35 p.m. 
Saturday, May 25
Hamilton at Guelph, 1 p.m. 
Kitchener at Welland, 1:05 p.m. 
Brantford at Barrie, 2 p.m. 
Sunday, May 26
Welland at London, 1:05 p.m. 
Kitchener at Brantford, 2 p.m. 
Barrie at Hamilton, 2 p.m. 
Guelph at Toronto, 2 p.m.