The Maple Leafs headed into the ninth inning Sunday afternoon. just three outs away from potentially closing out the regular season in 4th place in the Intercounty Baseball League but as fate would have it, the two time defending champion Barrie Baycats had other plans and turned the tables in the top of the ninth to win 9-6.
The Baycats charged out of the gate scoring a in the top of first inning after almost an hour and a half rain delay struck just two batters in.
The locals answered right back on Justin Marra’s 16th home run of the season to tie it in the bottom of the frame.
The Baycats regained the lead in the top of the 3rd on a solo home run by Kyle Nichols.
The Leafs stormed back by plating three to take a 4-2 lead in their half of the third thanks to a two run homer by Sean Mattson and a double off the top of the fence post by Brendan Keyes that scored Ryan White from first.
The Baycats answered back with three in the top of the fifth inning to retake the lead at on Zach Sardellitti’s three run homer which also was the end of Leafs starter Brett Van Pelt’s day.
Adam Marra took over and shutdown the Baycats for 3 1/3 inning not allowing a hit and had three strikeouts
The Leafs tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh on a solo blast by Jon Waltenburry off Baycats reliever Brett Lawson
The Leafs capitalized on a rare throwing error by Kevin Atkinson which allowed pinch runner Matt Blair Brown to score from second to give them a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth
Atkinson atoned for his error with a solo homer to tie the game off Adam Garner in the top of the ninth before Sardellitti hit a two run homer to give them the lead and Jordan Castaldo added insult to injury with a solo home run to make it 9-6 all off Garner.
Garner took the loss allowing four runs in the ninth (all earned) on four hits and he allowed a walk.
Adam Hawes picked up the win for Barrie as he was the pitcher of record when they took the lead and Chris Nagorski earned the save
The loss allowed Brantford to clinch home field for their opening round playoff series with the Leafs starting later this week. No dates have been announced.