An undermanned Huronia Grey Jays squad opened their season with a doubleheader against perennial powerhouse Barrie Blue on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, the rust of having missed two seasons due to the pandemic showed as a result with two losses by scores of 22-11 and 28-16.
Blayne Neilon pitched the first game and had a strong outing keeping the score close through the first 6 innings including a scoreless 6th. However, Barrie exploded for 9 in the seventh and the Jays couldn’t muster a comeback.
John Baird pitched the second game and it was clear that the Jays defence was tiring and started making a number of uncharacteristic errors. It was clear that the team had lost much of it defensive prowess due to the long layoff.
However, the offence output was actually good with Joe Rankin going 5 for 5 in the first game and 4 for 5 with a home run in the second. The run output suggests that when the defence gets in form with more play that the Grey Jays will win their share of games.