Hilderbrandt, Boatto carry Jackfish past Baycats

Photo by CJH Photography

BARRIE -- Matt Hilderbrandt hit his league-leading fifth home run, and Chris Boatto allowed one earned run and struck out eight in a complete-game effort to carry the Welland Jackfish to an 8-2 victory in Barrie Tuesday night. 

Hilderbrandt's solo shot in the seventh gave Welland a 4-1 lead, and it moved him into a four-way tie atop the IBL home run leaders. He also drove in a run the following inning with an RBI single. Brendon Dadson went 2-for-5 with four RBI, Dane Tofteland had two hits, an RBI, a run and stolen base, Griffin Keller went 4-for-6 and scored three times, Eric Marriott singled twice and swiped a base, and Cole Warken drove in a run. 

Boatto (3-2) scattered eight hits and walked a batter. 

Noel McGarry-Doyle and Owen Jansen drove in Barrie's runs. Tyler Plumpton singled twice and scored. 

Juan Benitez (3-2) took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits in 5.2 innings. He walked three and fanned six. 

Welland improved to 7-9, and Barrie dropped to 6-10.

The Welland Jackfish return to The Pond tomorrow as they welcome the Hamilton Cardinals for the Battle of the QEW and makeup from July 8th. Tickets from the July 8th game are good for entry this Wednesday. First pitch 7:30 pm.

This Thursday, $3 Beer Night returns to The Pond as the Jackfish take on the London Majors! Enjoy a 12oz Pond Water Lager for only $3 until the end of the third inning while supplies last. First pitch 7:30 pm.

A fan favourite this Saturday as Tropical Night returns to The Pond! It's time to get tropical! Wear that Hawaiian shirt and come enjoy the sound of the Steel Drum Band on the concourse pre-game and post-game fireworks! First pitch 6:05 pm.

For tickets, visit the Welland Stadium box office or call 905-735-9834. Tickets can also be purchase online via your computer at wellandjackfish.com/tix