Barrie squad chalks up 3 weekend wins to improve to 26-0
(STAFF) – The Barrie Baycats scored 26 runs on the weekend to increase their winning streak to 26 games to start the Intercounty Baseball League season.
On Sunday night at Coates Stadium in Midhurst, Matthew St. Kitts pitched into the seventh inning and struck out 10 as the Baycats notched a 6-3 victory over the visiting Brantford Red Sox.
St. Kitts scattered four hits over 6.2 innings and also walked five as he improved to 4-0.
Enerio Del Rosario threw a clean ninth for his seventh save.
At the plate, Jeff Cowan went 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
Barrie’s Branfy Infante drove in a pair, while Conner Morro scored twice and stole his fourth base of the season. Glenn Jackson, Jordan Castaldo, Kevin Atkinson and Brandon Dhue also scored.
Dennon Koziol and Cody Mombourquette each had two hits and an RBI for the Red Sox.
Benjamin Bostick had the other RBI, while Nic Burdett singled and scored.
Christian Garcia (0-2) took the loss, giving up six runs (three earned) on six hits with five walks and six strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
On Saturday afternoon, the Baycats hosted the second-place London Majors in doubleheader at Coates Stadium.
Barrie walloped the Majors in the opener, 18-2, before eking out a decidedly close 2-1 decision in the second game.
Atkinson singled, homered and drove in three in Game 1.
Barrie’s Kyle DeGrace went 3-for-5 and reached the 500-hit milestone in his IBL career. He also scored three times.
Castaldo singled, doubled and scored three runs while driving in a pair, while Ryan Spataro had an RBI and two runs, Justin Bryant drove in a pair, Cowan and Dhue each had an RBI and scored once, Steve Lewis drove in three on a pair of hits, Infante scored twice and had an RBI, Jackson went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and Morro singled twice and had an RBI and a run.
Emilis Guerrero (7-0) went five innings for the win, allowing two
(STAFF) - The Barrie Elites Volleyball Club has announced the hiring of David Gross as its first full-time director of player and coach development.
As a player, Gross had a rich experience as an Ontario university first-team all-star playing at both McMaster University and Western University.
After graduating, he played with the Kineldiego men’s team out of London and travelled the country, winning seven consecutive national medals, four of them gold.
However, the club says Gross brings much more than just a player’s perspective and that is his vast array of coaching experiences.
Gross has coached volleyball for more than 30 years. runs on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Byron Reichstein went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Majors. Chris
After a few years of building a coaching foundation, he began his formal coaching career as the head coach of the men’s volleyball program at McMaster.
“As a player, I had Ontario’s best coach and mentor in the likes of London’s Vaughan Peckham,” he said. “I give full credit to his expertise and guidance in giving me a huge head start, from a coach’s perspective, both technically and tactically.”
Gross went on to several placements with Ontario provincial and regional teams and is now a member of the head staff at Madawaska volleyball camp.
Gross has been with the Barrie Elites since its inception, bringing to this new director position a wealth of club experience having coached every club age division, McQueen scored twice.
Cory Hammond (3-2) took the loss, giving up eight runs on seven hits with two walks and three both girls and boys.
“I have been f o r t u n a t e t o have been a part of the training of countless Barrie Elites athletes who have gone on to regional, provincial, college, university or national team positions,” he said. “I am excited to share my experiences with all our club athletes and coaches.”
Gross has agreed to an “aggressive” portfolio which includes co-ordinating tryouts, running regular goal-specific team practices and age-division skills clinics, making firsthand tournament team performance observations strikeouts in two innings.
In the second game, Jackson’s single in the bottom of the seventh scored Infante for the walk-off run. Infante was hit by a pitch to start the inning and stole second before coming around to score.
Atkinson drove in DeGrace to give Barrie the lead in the fourth.
Reichstein provided the bulk of London’s offence with a single and solo home run.
The Majors had just three hits off Claudio Custodio (5-0), who went all seven innings and struck out 10 with two walks.
Angelo Andujar (0-1) took the loss, giving up a run without allowing a hit in two innings of relief. He walked two and struck out two. Starter Chris Boatto lasted four innings and yielded a run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
The Baycats (26-0) are back in action tonight when they travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs (13-14) in a 7:30 p.m. start in a make-up game from last week.
Barrie then travels to Hamilton on Wednesday night to take on the Cardinals (7-19). with follow-up training, running monthly positional mini-camps and school-break camps throughout the year.
“What I am most proud of is that the Elites are end-product focused and not on short-term gains or wins, which is illustrated by the number of our graduating athletes that claim college and university positions each year,” Gross said. “I know that there are no short cuts to success.
“It is all about our athletes receiving quality input and feedback and then each of them working hard to maximize their own performance,” he added.
Anyone interested in a coaching position with the cub can visit www.barrieelitesvolleyball. com and complete a coaching application.
BRADFORD – Around this time, 110 years ago, there was only one topic being discussed in every household in Bradford.
Bradford players on the Canadian Lacrosse Association’s all-star team were playing across Canada on their way to Vancouver as part of an around-the-world trip promoting the national game.
At that time in Canada, that game was lacrosse, not hockey.
My great-uncle, Dr. Lewis Campbell, was on the 1907 team, and our family room walls were covered with pictures of the allstars, as well as the Bradford lacrosse team, of which my grandfather, William L. Campbell, was also a member.
Souvenirs from the 1907 trip decorated the room. My father, Lewis B. Campbell, prized the boomerangs his uncle brought back from the Australian leg of the tour.
While cleaning out my parents’ home, my sister Suzanne and I found a scrapbook, put together by Dr. Campbell’s sister, Elizabeth.
John C. Miller, director of the Orillia lacrosse team and president of the CLA, selected the allstar players from across Ontario. Three were from Bradford – Fred Coombs, Vic Graham and Dr. Lewis Campbell, who was 41 at the time.
The players left from Orillia after a huge banquet. The team played in Port Arthur, Winnipeg, Regina, Moose Jaw, Calgary, New Westminster, Vancouver and Victoria.
Many friends and family of the players travelled across Canada to see the games.
The all-stars sailed from Victoria to Honolulu. They went to the Fiji Islands, arriving in Brisbane, Australia. After Brisbane, the Canadians travelled south, playing 16 matches over a three-month period in Sydney, Melbourne, Bendigo, Ballarat, Adelaide, Perth and Kalgoorlie.
The second game in Melbourne attracted a crowd of 20,000 people; at that time, a lacrosse game in Toronto that attracted 10,000 would be considered a record.
One interesting side trip was to an artificial ice rink in Melbourne, for a game of hockey against a local team. “It was a funny game as they have little or no rules, no offside. We won by 12-1,” Dr. Campbell wrote. But there was a downside. Vic Graham broke his forearm. There were many small injuries over the course of the trip, and Dr. Campbell’s presence was appreciated.
Dr. Campbell toured hospitals in Australia, and even helped with some cases. After the tour, one wealthy patient sent him a large silver double inkwell, with a large kangaroo on it and a lovely message of thanks, in appreciation.
The team travelled some 30,000 miles, over five months, with 60 days spent on the water. Upon their return, the three Bradford players were town heroes for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Campbell boosted all types of sport until his death in 1935.
Barrie Baycats pitcher Jaspreet Shergill (#47) gets airborne celebrating his team's 2-1 victory over the visiting London Majors during Intercounty Baseball League action Saturday afternoon at Coates Stadium in Midhurst. The Baycats then improved to 26-0 on Sunday with a win over the Brantford Red Sox.