Baycats Walk-Off Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the Barrie Baycats 11-10 after a five run, ninth inning comeback.
The Baycats rallied for seven runs in the final two innings, erasing a six run deficit to take down the visiting Maple Leafs, capped off by a walk-off single from Baycats designated hitter Ryan Rijo, who finished the game with a team-high four hits.
The Maple Leafs came out of the gates hot, putting up three runs in the top of the first inning, highlighted by a two-RBI triple from right-fielder Greg Carrington.
Catcher Justin Marra and third baseman Johnathan Solazzo each recorded an RBI single in the second inning as the Maple Leafs got out to a quick 5-0 lead.
Jose Vinicio capitalized on a fielding error from Baycats first baseman Joshua Tibbits and crossed the plate for the Maple Leafs sixth run of the game.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Baycats put up a crooked number of their own after a trio of RBI singles made it a 6-4 ballgame after four innings of play.
Jordan Castaldo opened the floodgates in the top of the fifth inning, bringing in three runs courtesy of a double, extending his squads lead to six, making it a 10-4 game. The first baseman went on to finish the game with three hits and a team-high three RBI.
The bats seemingly went cold for the visiting Maple Leafs as they failed to score a run after the fifth inning, mustering only four hits and stranding six runners on base in the final four innings.
First-year Maple Leaf Julian Valdez made his second pitching appearance of the season, giving up one earned run over three-and-a-third innings pitched while striking out a whopping six batters, including an impressive seventh inning that saw the 24-year-old strike out the side.
Another new face on the Maple Leafs roster, Julian Russel, took over on the bump in the eighth inning.
The right-hander got through the inning but not before surrendering two runs on three hits, as the Baycats cut the lead to five.
Into the game for the Maple Leafs came Adam Marra, fresh off of a save against the London Majors on Sunday to close out the game.
The Baycats got to the 28-year-old quickly as the first three batters of the inning found their way on base via a walk, a single and a hit by pitch as Baycats catcher Josh Cote found himself up to bat with the bases loaded and no outs.
Cote recorded his one and only hit of the game in the ninth, a single that scored one run as the Baycats suddenly had the go-ahead run at the plate.
Marra sat down Baycats infielder Owen Jansen on strikes before he gave up a four-pitch walk to Starlin Rodriguez.
Down by two with the heart of the order up, the Baycats strung together a pair of singles, courtesy of second baseman Hayden Jaco and the aforementioned Rijo, as they erased a six-run deficit in the final two innings to send the Maple Leafs packing.
The Maple Leafs will travel to London, Ont. to take on the London majors for the second time this season on Saturday. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.