Panthers make it two straight with rally over Thunderbirds

Hamilton Thunderbirds were nursing a one-run lead in the eighth inning when the Kitchener Panthers came to life. After losing their first nine games to start the season, the Panthers won their second straight game Friday night (May 30), beating the T-Birds 8-5 in senior Intercounty Baseball League.

Kitchener scored four runs in the eighth inning to rally past Hamilton at Bernie Arbour Stadium, leaving the Thunderbirds with a 3-7 record. Kitchener is now 2-9.

Richard Wright hit a two-run homer in the third inning for the Thunderbirds, while Henry Duke and Matt Bekar both had two of Hamilton’s six hits. Reliever Chase Gaff took the loss, allowing four runs – three earned – on two hits with three walks. Zach Staniewicz started for Hamilton.

Jeff Pietraszko led the Panthers 12-hit onslaught with three hits and scored a pair of runs, as Kitchener rapped out 12 hits off three Hamilton pitchers. Joel Scott added a pair of hits and drove in two runs, while Justin Gianfranseco and Mike Andrulis both had two hits for the winners.

Jeremiah Groulx picked up the win in relief of starter Lee Witmer, going 2/3 innings and being charged with one earned run and three walks. Lee Koch finished up to pick up the save.