Author: Stephen Sweet

Baycats, Cardinals tangle in semis

Three down, eight to go. The Barrie Baycats had no problem sweeping the Burlington Herd in the first round of the Intercounty Baseball League playoffs, outscoring their opponents 23-3 in a trio of victories. Waiting for them in the semifinals are the surprising Hamilton Cardinals, fresh off of their first full series win in over 15 years. Hamilton, the sixth seed, upset the London Majors in four games to advance to the second round. The Baycats won four of five meetings with the Cardinals this season, although Hamilton was the last squad to defeat Barrie – 16 games ago....

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Jackson’s family enhances his game

Glenn Jackson’s life is primarily made up of two things – family and baseball. With the Barrie Baycats, he’s got both working at once. The long-time Baycat continues to come out to the park to play the game he loves with so many people that are near and dear to him. “It’s enjoyable,” Jackson said. “I think, (for) the majority of us guys with kids and no time really for anything else, this is our bar. I feel like we have a brotherhood and whoever joins us becomes acclimated and put in that group based upon the person they...

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Baycats face Herd in quarter-final

The Barrie Baycats second season begins Aug. 9. As the pennant winners once again in 2018, Barrie enters the Intercounty Baseball League playoff as the top seed and will have home-field advantage throughout the post-season. Barrie (27-8) welcomes the eighth-place Burlington Herd (12-24) to Coates Stadium to begin the best three-of-five quarter-final. The Baycats swept the season series against Burlington, defeating them in all five head-to-head matchups. As well, the Baycats enter the post-season having won 13 straight games, without a loss in more than five weeks. The quarter-final schedule breaks down as follows: Game 1: Aug. 9, at...

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Talbot takes the helm for Grizzlies

It may be a new direction for the Georgian Grizzlies, but the man in charge will be familiar. Todd Talbot, who served under former bench boss Andrew Broeren for the women’s basketball team last season, will be taking over as the head coach this year. It was a position he was interested in right from the start. “I was an assistant to Andrew last year and he had expressed the possibility of stepping away for family reasons and things like that, so I knew that the opportunity would be available,” Talbot said. “I thought I’d put my hat in...

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Playoffs peeking around corner for Baycats

With the regular season winding down, the playoffs will soon be heating up. For the Barrie Baycats, that’s when the true competition begins. The four-time defending Intercounty Baseball League champions will be looking to add another ring to their fingers as the excitement builds with August baseball. “The energy picks up and then the focus picks up,” said Baycats manager Angus Roy. “We’ve seen the same pattern over the last few years. Everyone’s excited in May, because they haven’t played all winter and we haven’t seen each other in a while. And then, by about mid-June to early July,...

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