The Barrie Baycats made short work of the Brantford Red Sox.
Emilis Guerrero tossed six shutout innings and Ryan Rijo had five hits and drove in three runs as the five-time defending IBL champion Baycats completed a four-game sweep of the best-of-seven quarter-final series with a 6-0 road win, Tuesday night, at Arnold Anderson Stadium.
The sweep advanced the Baycats to the league semi-finals, along with the Welland Jackfish and Hamilton Cardinals. The only opening-round series remaining has the Kitchener Panthers leading the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, heading into Game 5 Wednesday night in Toronto.
The eighth-place Red Sox were no match for the pennant-winning Baycats, who gave up just eight runs in four games.
Toronto scored twice in the opening inning and added three more in the second and that was more than enough support for Guerrero (2-0), who gave up just four hits and struck out eight. Brandon Hillier, Brandon Catena and Brad Bissell each tossed a shutout inning in relief to nail down the win.
Rijo and Connor Morro hit run-scoring singles off Brantford starter Mike Mueller (0-1) to put the Baycats on top early.
Barrie kept the offense rolling in the second inning. Kyle DeGrace singled home Parker Walker and Kevin Atkinson’s sacrifice fly to left brought in Starlin Rodriquez, before another Rijo single plated DeGrace.
Rijo’s third of five singles on the night scored DeGrace in the sixth to complete the scoring. DeGrace would finish the night 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Mueller would go six innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on 13 hits and one walk. He struck out a pair. Anthony Rizquez and Matt McGovern had a pair of hits for the Red Sox, who had just seven hits on the night.
A Kitchener win over Toronto will see the Barrie take on Welland in a best-of-seven semi-final. Barrie faces Toronto if there’s a Leafs upset.