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Grey Jays end regular season with losses against Barrie team

Improving Grey Jays come close to knocking off powerful Barrie Green during season finale
Huronia Grey Jays' season now underway.

The Huronia Grey Jays ended the regular season recently against league leaders Barrie Green.

The continuing improvement of the Grey Jays showed in it giving Barrie Green all it could handle. The first game began with each team scoring the maximum five runs in the first inning and the Grey Jays executing a perfect 2nd to rover to 1st double play in the second to hold Green to two runs and a 7-5 lead.

The Jays then took the lead 10-8 in the third stunning Barrie Green, who had expected an easy time in the games.

The Grey Jays held the lead through the fifth inning and headed into the 6th inning with a 12-11 lead. However, Barrie Green managed to regain the lead 16-14 in the 6th and scored four in the 7th. However, the Grey Jays had the top of the order that had scored 13 runs in the game thus far coming to bat and felt they could make a comeback. But the Barrie Green defence had its best inning and won 20-14. Tim Sweeting led the way with a perfect 4 for 4 game.

Barrie Green took the lead from the beginning in the second game leading 2-1 after 1. But they couldn’t pull away from the vastly improved Jays. Third baseman Dave Pettibone made a tremendous catch on a scorching line drive in the third inning to stop a Green rally. And in the fourth, pitcher John Baird retired the almost unheard of feat in Slo-pitch.

The Grey Jays bats were mostly silent throughout the first six innings and trailed Barrie Green 19-6. It looked like an impossible task to mount a comeback.

But the Grey Jays dug deep and everyone contributed to an incredible bottom of the 7th. The Jays hit around the order with every player getting a hit and scoring a run. In fact, John Baird and Ken Lockhart scored twice in the inning and the Jays scored 12 runs in the bottom of the 7th.

The game ended when, with the bases loaded, Joe Rankin hit a long fly to centre that was caught in the stomach by the falling Barrie Green centre fielder. The game ended 19-18 for Barrie but with little luck and the Jays would have won.

The Grey Jays played in tier 2 at the league playoff tournament this past Tuesday.

Simcoe-Muskoka Slo-pitch Final Standings

Barrie Green 25 wins 5 losses 50 pts

Orillia 22 wins 8 losses 44 pts

Barrie Blue 19 wins 9 losses 38 pts

Bracebridge 7 wins 21 losses 14 pts

Wasaga 6 wins 22 losses 12 pts

Grey Jays 5 wins 23 losses 10pts