Baycats open title defence with win

BARRIE – The Barrie Baycats' quest for a sixth straight IBL title started with a 12-2 win over Brantford in Game 1 of their quarter-final series Thursday night at Coates Stadium.

Conner Morro went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI. Ryan Spataro had two hits, two runs and an RBI, Starlin Rodriguez scored twice and drove in a run, Jordan Castaldo had two runs and two RBI, Kevin Atkinson singled twice and scored twice with an RBI, Kyle DeGrace went 2-for-5 with two RBI, Glenn Jackson added a pair of hits and a run, and Branfy Infante and Jeff Cowan both scored. 

Emilis Guerrero (1-0) allowed one run on two hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out four. 

Abel De Los Santos (0-1) took the loss, giving up seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits with a walk and five strikeouts in six innings. 

Offensively, Nic Burdett and Chris Iltshishin drove in Brantford's runs. Doug Parks had two of Brantford's four hits.