Baycats win home opener, Bissell reaches 600 K’s

The Barrie Baycats picked up their new season right where they had left off.

Playing their 2019 season opener at Coates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Baycats put up all of their offence in two innings, but it was more than enough to carry them to an 11-6 win over the London Majors.

Barrie had planned to bring back many of its regulars from last season and did just that, with all eight fielders, as well as starting pitcher Emilis Guerrero, having earned an Intercounty Baseball League title in 2018.

The lone addition to the starting lineup was designated hitter Jon Waltenbury, who was a member of the Baycats in 2012 and 2013 before being traded to Toronto in exchange for Jordan Castaldo and Brett Lawson.

Waltenbury was the offensive star of the afternoon, going 2-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in.

Guerrero pitched seven strong innings for the win, but it was veteran left-hander Brad Bissell that made history.

The Penetanguishene native pitched the final two frames, fanning three, picking up his 600th career IBL regular-season strikeout in the process.

Barrie’s next contest is at home on Saturday against the Kitchener Panthers.

Brian Backland photo – Simcoe County resident and longtime Baycat Brad Bissell earned his 600th career IBL regular-season strikeout in Barrie’s home opener victory.

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