Bay­cats purr-fec­tion

Bar­rie squad chalks up 3 week­end wins to im­prove to 26-0

The Barrie Examiner - - SPORTS - Branfy In­fante of the Bar­rie Bay­cats steals sec­ond base dur­ing the sec­ond game of a dou­ble­header ver­sus the Lon­don Ma­jors at Coates Sta­dium on Sun­day. Mo­ments later, he was driven home on a Glenn Jack­son sin­gle. LUANNE CAMP­BELL ED­WARDS SPE­CIAL TO POSTMEDI

(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 visit­rieel­itesvol­ley­ball. 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.



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