As hosts, the Kitchener Panthers were not very hospitable to their guests from Burlington. And when the party was over, the Panthers sent the twins home with a 25-8 senior Intercounty Baseball League loss.
The Panthers (13-14) took a 5-0 lead after the first inning, were up 16-4 after five innings, then added seven runs in the bottom of the eighth to add insult to injury on Sunday (July 8). Twenty-four hours earlier, the Twins beat the same Panthers, 9—2 in Burlington.
Matt Vickers was the Kitchener starting pitcher but lasted just 4 2/3 innings, so reliever Ryan Schwenn earned the win, allowing just one run on one hit with one walk over 1 1/3 innings.
The Panthers pounded out 24 hits, including three home runs from Jeff Pietraszko, Mitch Delaney and Rick Murray. Pietraszko added a single and finished with five RBI and two runs scored, while Delaney added a pair of singles and finished with six RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Luke Baker had four hits with a run batted in and four runs scored, while Darnell Duckett singled twice, doubled, scored twice and drove in three. Mike Andrulis singled and doubled, registering two RBI and two runs scored, and Ben Kangas tallied a single and double, with two RBI and three runs scored. Mat Taube singled and drove in a pair with two runs scored, while Mike Glinka singled twice and tripled, driving in one and scoring four times. Iggy Villalobos had two hits and two runs scored, while Mike Winter rounded out the Kitchener attack with a single, a run scored and an RBI.
Burlington starter and loser Ryan Noack lasted just 2 1/3 innings allowing nine runs – seven earned – on eight hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Four others came on to finish the game, with none lasting longer than Noack’s 2 1/3 innings. They combined to allow 16 earned runs on 16 hits, issuing five walks with four strikeouts.
The Twins (10-17) could manage just six hits coming from six different players. Greg Densem singled and drove in a pair of runs, while Ryan Asis singled and scored twice. Jamie Lekas had a hit, an RBI and a run scored, while Mattingly Romanin and Zach Elbirt singled and drove in a run. Peter Bako singled and scored, while Adam Cholewka and Ian Choy each scored a run. Jeff Kosta drove in a run and scored in the loss.
The Twins are home to the Barrie Baycats on Thursday, 7.30 p.m. at Nelson Stadium.