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Baycats start season on winning note with nail-biter versus Toronto

Barrie's Intercounty Baseball League squad held on for a 5-4 win
The Barrie Baycats' Canice Ejoh is shown in a file photo.

The Barrie Baycats hadn’t led all game until Canice Ejoh took Toronto reliever Adam Marra deep with two on and two out in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday at Vintage Throne Stadium.

Ejoh’s blast turned a one-run deficit into a two-run lead, and the Baycats held on for a 5-4 win in their season opener.

Barrie’s leadoff batter finished with three hits and was a single short of a cycle. He also stole a base. Adam Odd and Tyler Plumpton drove in the other runs.

Frank Garces (1-0) threw five innings of relief for the win. He allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits, walking six and striking out 10. Baycats’ starter Juan Benitez struck out six over four innings. He allowed a run on five hits and a walk.

Marra (0-1) was saddled with the loss, giving up Ejoh’s home run on three hits in an inning of work. Leafs’ starter Sam Greene went three scoreless innings and struck out five. He walked two and gave up a base hit.

At the plate, Marra drove in two. Johnathan Solazzo and Charlie Towers each had an RBI. Justin Marra had two hits and scored twice, and Ryan Dos Santos added two hits.

Toronto dropped to 0-2.

Dei Baning goes deep twice in Cards’ win

KITCHENER – Dennis Dei Baning homered twice and drove in three as the Hamilton Cardinals opened the 2024 season with a 5-1 win Thursday in Kitchener.

Dei Baning’s first longball came with a runner on in the first inning. He added a solo blast in the sixth. Zach Marriott went deep in the ninth and had two RBI. Brendon Daley singled twice.

Takaki Eguchi (1-0) picked up the win on the mound, scattering three hits and walking one while striking out seven over six scoreless innings.

Yadian Martinez (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and fanned seven.

Stephen Whalen drove in the lone Panthers’ run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Jett Jarvis and Jorden Carthy each had a pair of hits in the loss.


Friday, May 17
Guelph at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m.
Welland at London, 7:35 p.m.
Chatham-Kent at Brantford, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 18
Toronto at Guelph, 1 p.m.
Barrie at Welland, 6:05 p.m.
Kitchener at Chatham-Kent, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, May 19
London at Brantford, 2 p.m.
Guelph at Kitchener, 2 p.m.
Chatham-Kent at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Welland at Hamilton, 2:05 p.m.