When you are either leading or tied in the seventh inning of four games in a championship series , odds are you probably win more times than you lose.
The odds clearly were in favor of the Barrie Baycats all series along as for the fourth consecutive time in the series they took the lead late to sweep the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-5 Sunday afternoon at Dominico Field to claim their third consecutive Intercounty Baseball League championship.
The Baycats answered the Maple Leafs at every turn in the series and Sunday was no exception as whenever the Leafs would rally to tie the Baycats would dig in again to re-take the lead.
As was the case in the top of the seventh inning after the Maple Leafs had tied the ball game at 4-4 on a single by Connor Lewis in the bottom of the sixth.
Glenn Jackson reached first on a fielder’s choice and stole second. Kyle Degrace had an at bat that seemed to take an eternity as he fouled off a ball off of his leg and had to walk it off before play resumed. DeGrace pushed through the pain and collected a single to cash in Jackson He later scored on a two out two-run homer run by Jordan Castaldo to make it at 7-4 Baycats lead.
Dan Marra singled home his third run of the ball game to make it 7-5 but that is as close as the Leafs could get as Emilis Guerrero refused to lose and pitched the complete game for the victory
Guerrero who took home the playoff MVP award allowed five runs (four earned) on 16 hits he didn’t allow a walk and had four strikeouts.
Brett van Pelt started for the Leafs and pitched six complete innings allowing four runs (all earned) on five hits and a walk.
Mike Wagner took the loss in relief allowing three runs on four hits and struck-out three.
Castaldo had a pair of homer for the Baycats and finished with three RBIs. Kyle Nichols added a solo homer in the sixth inning
Lewis singled twice , and homered while driving two RBIs for the Leafs
Dan Marra had three singles and three RBIs, while Sean Mattson went 3-for-5 with a run.
The Maple Leafs played the majority of their post season run shorthanded with their manager, Damon Topolie as the lone defensive replacement on the bench and a bullpen comprised mostly of starter pitchers outside of Adam Garner and Jonathan Solazzo coming in on an emergency basis twice in the playoffs.
For the Baycats their third consecutive championship celebration was truly a family affair as number of players wives and their children were in attendance cheering on their Baycats.