Sports by Mike Townes
The Barrie Baycats started the 2018 season on the right foot with a 3-1 home victory against the Kitchener Panthers despite being out hit by the visitors 6-5. The game was tight the whole game with Barrie finally scoring the first run of their season in the 6th inning. Branfy Infante doubled and was singled home by Brandon Dhue to give Barrie a 1-0 lead. The Baycats extended the lead to 3-0 in the seventh when Kyle DeGrace and Kevin Atkinson went deep for their first homeruns of the season.
Emilis Guerrero was in full control on the mound for Barrie pitching 7 innings and allowing only 2 hits while striking out six. Jaspreet Shergill pitched the eighth giving up 1 hit and Chris Nagorski pitched the 9th for the save even though he gave up 3 hits and the only Kitchener run.
Barrie played their second game of the season at home last Sunday and they exploded with an 18 hit attack and a 15-1 win over Burlington. Even though the Baycats committed 5 errors, Burlington was only able to score once scattering 7 hits.
Kevin Atkinson led the attack with 4 hits and 3 RBI. Ryan Spataro had three hits and scored 4 times while Glenn Jackson had 4 RBI and hit a homerun. Barrie led only 1-0 after four innings but 3 in the 5th, 4 in the 6th, 5 in the 7th and 2 more in the 8th sent the Mother’s Day crowd to the exits early.
Emilis Guerrero made his second start of the young season pitching 5 innings giving up 4 hits and striking out 5 and allowing no runs. Guerrero is 2-0 with an ERA of zero and is on his way to another great season. Santos Arias pitched two innings giving up two hits and the only Burlington run. Matthew St. Kitts and Brad Bissell pitched the last two innings.
Barrie next home games are Saturday May 19 @ 2:00 pm against Guelph and Saturday May 26 @ 2:00 pm against Hamilton…As of Monday, Barrie shares first place with the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 2-0 record…This is the 100th season of the InterCounty Baseball League. The league started with four teams. Berlin (Kitchener), Guelph, Stratford and Galt (Cambridge)…Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins played in the IBL…Many Ex-Negro League players made their way north to play in the league…Barrie is trying to win their 5th league championship in a row this season…Galt Terriers won five in a row from 1927-31 and Brantford Red Sox won five from 1959-63 but Brantford holds the record with 6 consecutive titles from 2008-13.
On May 12, Garry Turner passed away at the age of 70. Garry was part of the sports scene in Elmvale for many years. He was on two teams inducted into the Springwater Sports Heritage Hall of Fame in 2014. He played goal for the 1964-65 Ontario Minor Hockey Champion Alex Currie Pontiac Juvenile team and third base for the Ontario Amateur Fastball Champion Elmvale Merchants in 1977. Garry was also well known on the ice representing the Elmvale Curling Club for many years. Garry and his team of brother Lou, Keith Williams and Peter Vollett represented Elmvale in the Ontario championships. Garry played fastball into his 60’s with the Elmvale Merchants of the Thursday Night Recreational Fastball League. He will be missed by all his friends and family. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elmvale Curling Club on Sunday June 3 from 1-4 pm.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are down to the final four and I only picked one of the teams that made it to the semi-finals. The Winnipeg Jets are representing all of Canada in the playoffs. I will cheering on the Jets not only because the team is in Canada but also because I only have 5 players left in my hockey draft and they all play for Winnipeg…The NHL made new rules to open up the game and teams built their rosters because of those new rules but in the playoffs calls are not being made for holding and interference that were called most of the season. Teams are slowing down the faster players. Tampa Bay beat Boston because of a missed call on a hold that allowed Tampa to tie game five against the Bruins. Boston then lost in overtime and then game six. A penalty on that play might have changed the outcome of that series.
The Toronto Blue Jays are limping along in the American League. Experts are still picking them to be in the mix for a wildcard spot but the starting pitching has to get better. The strength of the team was the starters and that has not happened so far…Teams play 19 games against each team in their division which makes it much harder for the Jays to make the playoffs. If they are going to have wildcard playoff teams, they should be playing fewer games within their division and more against other teams in the other divisions.

Setting Guinness World Records
On Thursday, April 26, a whopping 792 students, teachers, and community members lined up and broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Game of Knockout!  The game lasted just over 3 hours with the final 45 minutes becoming quite competitive as players vied to be the final player standing.
The final 5 players were:
Ross Hreljac, Teacher at Minesing Public School
Derek O’Neill, Grade 12 student at EDHS
John Minty, Teacher at EDHS
Isaak McGinnis, Grade 10 student at EDHS
Micah Mullings, Grade 8 student at Minesing Public School
A huge thank you to all the local businesses who donated prizes!
Chris Messecar, EXIT Lifestyle Realty, who generously donated the EXIT Box for 2 Barrie Colts games next season for first and second place prizes. • Wasaga Beach Paintball  •  Steelers  •  B2’s Pizza  •  Boston Pizza, Wasaga Beach  •  The Fan Cave, Bayfield Mall  •  Snow Valley Ski Resort  •  Swiss Chalet, Wasaga Beach  •  L.A. Fitness, Barrie