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Baycats suffer first loss of the season to reigning champs

Hayden Jaco led Baycats’ offence with three hits, an RBI and a run; Barrie back in action on Friday in Hamilton
2018-07-15 Baycats 8 RB
Intercounty Baseball League-issued baseballs. | Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday files

WELLAND – Steven Moretto and Tyler Dupuis both homered and drove in two as Welland hung on for a 6-4 home-opening win over Barrie on Saturday night.

Jackfish centre-fielder Gianfranco Morello went 3-for-3 with a solo homer, Dawson Tweet had an RBI, while Robert Mullen and Matteo Porcellato each had a pair of singles. Porcellato also had two of Welland’s five stolen bases.

Jackfish starting pitcher Ben Abram (1-0) stuck out seven over 5.2 innings for the win. He gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits with two walks. Deivy Mendez recorded the last four outs for the save.

Carlos Sano (0-1) was charged with the loss for Barrie. He was touched for four runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 3.1 innings.

Hayden Jaco led the Baycats’ offence with three hits, an RBI and a run. Canice Ejoh and Malik Williams had two hits and an RBI apiece, Adam Odd drove in a run and Nolan Machibroda had two hits.

Barnstormers win first game

CHATHAM – The Chatham-Kent Barnstormers’ debut was a success.

The Intercounty Baseball League’s newest team opened with a 5-3 win Saturday over Kitchener at Fergie Jenkins Field.

Chatham starting pitcher Aden Ryan (1-0) threw five scoreless innings to earn the win. He scattered four hits and fanned five. Robert Mackie allowed a run on a hit and a walk but worked out of a ninth-inning jam to get the save.

Seth Strong hit the Barnstormers’ first-ever home run, a solo shot to open the scoring in the fourth inning. Spencer Marcus also went deep with the bases empty. Trent Sillett had two hits and two RBI, and Daniel Battel went 2-for-4.

Yunior Iberra and Spencer Voisin both picked up a pair of hits for the Panthers (0-2). Nolan Misa, Stephen Whalen and Luke Murray drove in the Panthers’ runs.

Jose Vasquez (0-1) took the loss, yielding four runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Royals blank Leafs

GUELPH – Four Guelph pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout as the Royals blanked Toronto 4-0 Saturday afternoon at David E. Hastings Stadium.

Jacob Kush threw the first four innings and didn’t allow a hit. He walked five and struck out eight. Rhys Montgomery (1-0) went two innings to earn the win. He gave up a hit and struck out one. After Darren Shred walked one and struck out one in the seventh inning, Brandon Deans picked up the save by striking out five over two innings.

At the plate, Josh Garton went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a stolen base. Blake Simpson singled twice and drove in a run, and Marc Nellis had a pair of hits and a steal.

For Toronto (0-3), Charlie Towers doubled and Ryan Dos Santos singled. Wilgenis Alvarado (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits over 4.2 innings. He walked two and fanned three.


Sunday, May 19
London at Brantford, 2 p.m.
Guelph at Kitchener, 2 p.m.
Chatham-Kent at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Welland at Hamilton, 2:05 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21
London at Chatham, 7:35 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22
Kitchener at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 24
Barrie at Hamilton, 7:35 p.m.
Kitchener at London, 7:35 p.m.
Welland at Brantford, 8 p.m.