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Castaldo wins league MVP, several other Baycats named all-stars

Castaldo, Rodriguez, Atkinson and Salcedo all named first-team all-stars while Rijo and Spataro land on second team
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The Barrie Baycats' Jordan Castaldo high-fives his teammates in the dugout after scoring a run during Intercounty Baseball League action against the London Majors on July 14, 2019. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

CAMBRIDGE – Barrie Baycats first-baseman Jordan Castaldo was named Rawlings Intercounty Baseball League Most Valuable Player for 2019.

Castaldo was a unanimous choice with 35 first-place votes, Castaldo ripped up IBL pitching — .453/.597/.854/1.451 — which led the IBL in each category. His 15 home runs and 47 RBI clinched the league’s triple crown and helped the Baycats finish first in the regular season.

Hamilton’s Justin Gideon was second with 14 votes. Gideon led the IBL with 14 doubles and hit .346/.402/.519/.921 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 12 steals. He also scored 30 times, which was tied for third in the league.

Welland Jackfish first-baseman Brendon Dadson was named the IBL rookie of the year. Dadson slashed .321/.397/.440/.837 with one home run, 19 RBI, 23 runs and nine steals. Included in his hit total were nine doubles and two triples.

Dadson’s 27 votes were three more than Toronto's Ryan Santos, who hit .365/.426/.391/.817 with nine RBI and a league-best 24 steals.

The IBL also announced its all-star teams. Barrie led the way with four players named to the first team. Castaldo and Kitchener Panthers’ shortstop Yorbis Borroto were the only two unanimous selections.

First Team All-Stars / Second Team All-Stars
1B: Jordan Castaldo, Barrie / Brendon Dadson, Welland
2B: Starlin Rodriguez, Barrie / Josh Garton, Guelph
3B: Kevin Atkinson, Barrie / Angel Villalona, Guelph
SS: Yorbis Borroto, Kitchener / Wilson Soriano, Welland
C: Justin Marra, Toronto / Mike Ambrose, London
DH: Sean Reilly, Guelph / Ryan Rijo, Barrie
OF: Justin Gideon, Hamilton / Brian Burton, Kitchener
OF: Marcus Knecht, Toronto / Ryan Spataro, Barrie
OF: Tanner Nivins, Kitchener / Ryan Santos, Toronto
RHP: Adrian Salcedo, Barrie / Euclides Leyer, Welland
LHP: Chris Lazar, Hamilton / Yoennis Yera, Kitchener
MGR: Dean Castelli, Hamilton / Luke Baker, Kitchener