Quarterfinals Game 4: Red Sox vs. Baycats
Brantford Red Sox vs. Barrie Baycats
Intercounty Baseball League Quarterfinals, Game 4
Tuesday August 13, 2019 - Arnold Anderson Stadium, Brantford
The Brantford Red Sox hosted the Barrie Baycats in game 4 of their best of 7 Intercounty Baseball League quarterfinals series. Win and Brantford would live to play another day, lose and their 2019 season would be over. As in game 3, Brantford was working with a depleted roster, and player flexibility and versatility would be on full display this evening. More on that in a bit...
Barrie, looking to wrap up the series and get some rest before the semifinals, struck first with a pair of runs in the first inning, followed up by 3 runs in the second. They led 5-0 after 2 innings and that's all they would need to secure the series. The Baycats added on one more run in the 6th inning making 6-0 the final score. Barrie wins the series 4 games to 0 and advances to the IBL Semifinals.
Anthony Rizquez and Matt McGovern each had a pair of hits for Brantford. Nick Burdett, Austin Wilkie and Chris Iltshishin also contributed a hit apiece.
Starting pitcher Mike Mueller went 6 innings for Brantford, he was relieved in the 7th inning by first baseman Matt McGovern. Fans in attendance may have noticed that Gianfranco Morello, often a fixture in Brantford's infield, began the game in left field. In the second inning, he shifted to centre field. In the third inning, right field. A pattern was emerging. By the end of the night, Morello played all 9 positions - culminating in catching a scoreless 8th inning, then pitching a 3 up 3 down 9th inning.
That's a wrap on the Brantford Red Sox's 2019 Intercounty Baseball League season. Stay tuned to brantfordredsox.com, as well as the team's social media pages for news and information during the offseason.