The Barrie Baycats rookie select baseball team played their first tournament of the year at Vaughan on June 2 and 3. The 16-team competition guaranteed teams three round-robin games on Saturday, with the top eight playing off on Sunday. For many Baycat players, it was their first baseball tournament ever.
Barrie came out swinging, winning all three games and earning a first place finish in their pool. On Sunday, the Baycats defeated Innisfil in the quarter-final and were involved in a semifinal pressure cooker with the Brampton Royals. The Baycats took an early 10-0 lead, only to see Brampton respond with 17 runs of their own. Heading into the top of the seventh inning, the Baycats needed seven runs, the maximum allowed under tournament rules, in order to stay alive. They answered the challenge and tied the game at 17 runs apiece.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Barrie squad shut down the powerful Brampton offence, forcing the game into extra innings. In the top of the eighth, the Baycats exploded for another seven runs, pushing the lead to 24-17. In one of the largest emotional rollercoasters ever experienced by coaches, players and parents, the Baycats won the contest, 24-19.
In the final, Barrie blasted the North Toronto A’s 15-1 in six innings to win the championship and carry a perfect 6-0 record through the two-day tournament.
The Barrie Baycats are: Lachlan Armour, Brody Chant, Mikka Charland, Gabriel Decicco, Everett Dubeau, Charlie Hill, Ben Lessard, Dylan Mann, Carter Mitchell, Daniel Poulsen, Malcolm Rose, Luke Sampson and Pearce Verhart.
Glen Poulsen photo – The Baycats pose with their banner after winning the tournament.