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Brantford Red SoxRed Sox rough up Baycats for first home win of season

Brantford Red Sox earned their first home win of the season after defeating the Barrie Baycats 20-15 on Sunday, July 9, 2023.

Over 400 residents came out on Sunday afternoon to watch the Red Sox storm back to victory and to acknowledge Brantford Professional Firefighters Association (BPFA) day at the ballpark.

Over 400 residents came out on Sunday afternoon to watch the Red Sox storm back to victory and to acknowledge Brantford Professional Firefighters Association (BPFA) day at the ballpark.

The Baycats jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first, capitalizing on some erratic pitching by Red Sox SP Sean Hood-Tidman. Hood-Tidman hit the first batter of the game but then followed it up with two quick outs before allowing a walk and a three-run home run to give Barrie the early 3-0 lead. Barrie continued to pressure the Red Sox, getting three more walks and a couple of hits to jump out to a 7-0 lead after the top of the first. Hood-Tidman lasted two-third of an inning before being replaced by RP Aidan Armitage.

Brantford C Jeremie Veilleux snags a bunt attempt for an out against the Barrie Baycats on Sunday, July 9, 2023.

Brantford battled back in the bottom half of the inning, getting a lead-off single from RF Matt Fabian, which was followed up by a single from 3B Keiran Bowles and a double off the bat of C Jeremie Veilleux to cut into Barrie’s lead 7-2. The Red Sox added consecutive singles from DH Christian Kuzemka and LF Roger Keen as they made it 7-3, sending nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first.

Red Sox RF Matt Fabian slides headfirst into second for a stolen base against the Barrie Baycats on Sunday, July 9, 2023.

Armitage had a solid second inning, getting three of the four batters out for a quick half inning. Brantford responded in a big way in their half of the second, starting with Fabian’s second hit in as many innings, followed by a perfect bunt single by SS Gus Wilson. The Red Sox then capitalized on some erratic pitching from Baycats SP Evan Soules. Soules hit the next two batters, walked one and then allowed three straight RBI singles as Brantford sent 13 batters to the plate, scoring nine runs to take a 12-7 lead through two innings.

Red Sox 3B Keiran Bowles takes the ball to right field for a single against the Barrie Baycats.

Both teams settled in for the next two innings before the bats came alive again in the fifth. Barrie scored two runs in their half of the fifth while Brantford responded with six more runs of their own to take an 18-9 lead through five innings.

The Baycats tried to make a game of it in the top of the sixth as they got to Sox RP Kyle Nash for six runs but RP Gabe Bruder came on in relief to stop the bleeding as the Red Sox took an 18-14 lead into the late stages of the game.

Red Sox CF Jesse Fishbaum makes the catch for the second out in the top of the second inning.

Brantford SP Isaiah Ramos came in to closed out the game, throwing 2.2 innings, while only allowing two hits giving his team their first win at Arnold Anderson Stadium this year and ending the team’s home winless streak at ten games.

Brantford CF Jesse Fishbaum flies out to centre field against the Barrie Baycats.

Brantford had solid performances all the way around as every member of the starting lineup collected at least one hit. Fabian went 4 for 6, with 3 RBI and two runs, Wilson went 4 for 5 with 3 RBI and 3 runs, while Veilleux and CF Jesse Fishbaum also recorded 3 RBI in the victory.

Red Sox C Jeremie Veilleux rips a double to the fence in the bottom of the first against the Barrie Baycats.
Baycats C Josh Cote makes the catch behind home plate against the Brantford Red Sox on Sunday, July 9, 2023.

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