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Monday, July 11, 2016

Baycats Edge Cardinals

Midhurst | by Ken Hashizume  

DeGrace: 3 hits, RBI and a run in Barrie's win over Hamilton.

The Barrie Baycats got just enough offense to beat the Hamilton Cardinals in Intercounty baseball action.

Kyle DeGrace led the way with 3 hits, an R-B-I, and a run scored in a 4-3 victory on Sunday night at the Barrie Sports Complex, one day after the Baycats put up 28 runs on Burlington.
Hamilton got off to a 2-0 lead on a 2-run double by TJ Baker in the top half of the 1st inning.
Barrie answered back in their half of the 3rd as Kevin Atkinson's R-B-I single brought home Connor Morro to cut the Cardinal's lead to 2-1.
Then the Baycats scored twice in the 5th as DeGrace scored on a fielding error and Stevie Lewis' sacrifice fly brought in Jordan Castaldo for a 3-2 lead.
Down 4-2 in the 9th, Cardinals got a pair of 2-out hits by Dre Celestijn and Baker to make it 4-3 for the Baycats.
But Chris Nagorski struck out Brendan O'Flynn to earn the save.
The game also featured two defensive gems by the Baycats -- Jeremy Walker robbing Celestijn of a home run then doubling up Tyler Hardie at first base in the 3rd, and Ryan Spataro throwing out Brendan O'Flynn at third on a base hit to right by Marcus Dicenzo in the 5th. 
Brett Lawson went 5-and-a-third innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and struck out 3 for the win.
Rhys Tapper took the loss for the Cardinals giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and walked 2 over 4-and-a-third.
The next game for the Baycats is this Thursday night when they travel to Burlington to take on the Bandits.


Listen to Ken Hashizume's post-game interview with Kyle DeGrace of the Baycats by clicking on audio.

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