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Baycats Celebrate Championship with Fans

Barrie | by Ken Hashizume  

Dozens came to meet the players, Barrie won their 5th straight IBL championship.

Fans of the Barrie Baycats got to celebrate with the team on their fifth consecutive Intercounty Baseball League championship.

Dozens gathered at Coates Stadium for a meet and greet, and to watch a fireworks display to mark the occasion.

Several players were on hand including playoff MVP Glenn Jackson, first baseman Jordan Castaldo, and infielder Branfy Infante.

Infante says he joined the Baycats in 2014 when they won the first of their five straight championships.

He says the team has kept the same group together during that time and it is becoming to be more like a family.

One of the players who wasn't there was shortstop Starlin Rodriguez.

Rodriguez hit a go-ahead 2-run home run in the clinching game in Kitchener on September 6th.

The ensuing bat flip and slow trot around the bases drew the ire of the Panthers and almost sparked a bench-clearing brawl.

A video of that also made the rounds on the internet and aired on ESPN and MLB Network in the United States.

Infante says it was a heat of the moment because that home run gave them the lead for good.

He says Rodriguez shouldn't have flipped the bat the way he did after hitting the home run but that happens.

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