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Barrie Baycats prepare for prolonged IBL season

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Baycats media day gets underway

The Barrie Baycats welcomed media and fans to the field at Vintage Throne Stadium on Thursday evening.

The 2022 Intercounty Baseball League season is unique in its length. The Baycats will play 42 games, up from 30 last season. Spectators got a first-hand look at some of the team’s new players while being reintroduced to familiar faces.

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Branfy Infante

Newcomer and hometown product Domenico Morea shared his thoughts.

“I want to come into a new organization (Baycats) and make an impact immediately. This is my hometown. This is where I live. To have fans and family watching at home, there’s nothing more I’d like to do than succeed with this organization.”

While the Baycats showcased fresh faces to the public, returning stars were also in attendance.

Baycats veteran Ryan Rijo, who’s been with the club since 2017, recognizes the importance of building team unity early on.

“Every year, we play to win. We want to build a tight-knit team that’s like family. It’s nice to see these guys on the field but get to know them off the field. Once you get that tight bond, it’s like going to war for your brothers.”

Additionally, Rijo leads by example. His whopping 0.412% batting average and 26 RBI last season can attest to that.

Ryan Rijo

Team expectations

The upcoming Baycats season aims to be more community-driven than ever before. Team President Josh Matlow ensures competitive baseball coupled with fun-filled theme nights for the whole family. Importantly, Matlow has a clear message for his players to help bring that goal to fruition.

“Win on and off the field. That’s what I’m driving home with the guys. If the guys get involved off the field, they become closer on the field. That gives us a better chance to grow a good core for many years.”

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Team President Josh Matlow

The Baycats kick-off exhibition action this Saturday at 4 pm against the Thornhill Reds in support of the Barrie Food Bank.

Further, the team’s home opener gets underway at Vintage Throne Stadium on Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 pm against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Roll Cats!

Barrie Baycats

Click Here For The Full Audio Of Our Conversations with the players and Team President Josh Matlow!

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