Baycats Snap Royals Win Streak at Six
By Neil Srivastava
Eventually, all win streaks do come to an end, and the defending IBL champion Barrie Baycats were more than happy to end the Royals six-game win streak Tuesday night at Hastings Stadium with their 10-6 victory.
After all, it was these same Baycats that the Royals blanked 9-0 in a one-hitter by Yomar Concepcion back on June 25th to get the ball rolling, and boy did it roll.
The Royals upended the Baycats again two nights later and then rallied late to down the Kitchener Panthers the following Saturday then continued their winning streak for another week into July by defeating Brantford, Toronto and Welland Sunday 5-4.
The Royals were the weapons of their own undoing in the second inning spotting the visiting Baycats an early 5-0 in the frame thanks largely in part to two defensive miscues in the frame.
The Baycats continued the onslaught and at one point led the Royals 9-2 and kept their high-powered offense to just two hits into the seventh inning largely in part to their starting pitcher Santos Arias who was brilliant till the later stages of the ball game.
Arias (5-2) went the distance for the win. Barrie never even sent anyone down to the bullpen to warm up. He surrendered six runs on nine hits with five walks and nine strikeouts.
Yunior Yambatis (1-3) took the loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
Kyle Kush led the Royals at the plate with two hits, an RBI and a run. Sean Reilly and Justin Interisano each drove in a run, Riley Perks added two hits, an RBI and a run, and Darius Barlas went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
Barrie improved 17-6, and Guelph dropped to 13-12.