BARRIE - The Intercounty Baseball League Championship Series is going to a seventh and deciding game.
Jamie Richmond pitched seven and two-third strong innings as the five-time defending champion Brantford Sox defeated the Barrie Baycats 7-4 in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series for the Dominico Trophy Sunday night in Barrie, tying the series 3-3.
Game seven will be played Monday night in Brantford as the Red Sox will try to complete the comeback to win a record sixth straight title and seventh in eight years after trailing the series 3-0. The Baycats will look to finally claim their second title in franchise history and first since 2005.
Richmond carried a 7-0 lead into the eighth inning before tiring but got the win. He allowed four runs – all of them unearned - on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk before Nathan Forer came on to get the last out of the eighth inning after the Baycats had scored four runs.
Tom Boleska came on to close out the game with a perfect ninth inning and earn the save.
Barrie starter Brad Bissell was the loser. He went 5 2/3 innings and was charged with seven runs – just two of them earned - on just five hits with four strikeouts and three walks as the Red Sox scored a single run in the fourth, four more in the fifth and another two in the sixth to take their 7-0 lead.
Scott Thorman opened the scoring with a solo home run in the fourth for Brantford, and Lee Delfino’s three-run homer keyed the four-run fifth. The Baycats made a couple of crucial errors as Brantford could manage just five hits in the game off Bissell and two relievers.
Barrie rallied for four runs in the eighth inning on a two-run single by Kevin Atkinson, an RBI single by Kyle DeGrace and a run-scoring double from Jordan Castaldo, but they couldn’t add any more runs to lose their third straight game in the series.
Tyler Burnell scored a pair of runs, had a hit and an RBI, and Thorman also scored two runs for the winners.
Castaldo and DeGrace both had two hits, a run scored and an RBI for the Baycats, who had seven hits.
-IBL Media Relations