Call it a dynasty for the record books.
The Barrie Baycats reeled off their sixth-straight IBL championship with a 15-0 throttling of the host Kitchener Panthers, Saturday night, at Jack Couch Park.
The decisive victory gave the Baycats a 4-2 series win in the best-of-seven final, continuing an impressive run and equalling the six-peat set by the Brantford Red Sox from 2008 to 2013.
After jumping out to a commanding 3-0 series lead, the Baycats dropped the next two contests but there’d be no denying them the Dominico Cup on this night. Ryan Spataro took the opening pitch over the fence and Barrie never looked back after that, scoring four runs in the fifth inning and adding nine more in the sixth to make it three-straight years they have defeated Kitchener in the league finals.
Spataro, who was named the most valuable player of the 2019 IBL playoffs, hit two homers and drove in four runs in the win. He finished 4-for-6 with four runs scored in another impressive night at the plate. Ryan Rijo went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Jon Waltenbury drove in a pair of runs on a pair of hits to contribute to Barrie’s 16-hit attack.
Adrian Salcedo (4-0) didn’t need much offensive support. The right-handed Baycats starter was brilliant on the mound, giving up just three hits and three walks over eight shutout innings. He struck out three. Veteran reliever Brad Bissell brought the title home with a scoreless ninth inning.
Yoen Socarras (1-2) took the loss on the mound for Kitchener. The Cuban starter gave up five runs, three earned, on seven hits and four walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out four. Barrie would add 10 more runs off six Kitchener relievers.
The championship win comes exactly a year later to the day Barrie clinched the 2018 title in Kitchener. This marks the eighth-straight season the Baycats have played for the league championship.