Any time you can hold your opponents to three hits, a win should be in the offing. Not so for the Burlington Bandits who held the visiting Kitchener Panthers to a trio of hits but lost their senior Intercounty Baseball League contest, 3-2.
One of those hits was Keith Kandel’s three-run homer in the fifth inning to account for all of the Kitchener runs as the Panthers improved to 3-1 on the season, while the Bandits slipped to 1-3.
The Panthers pitching staffed also impressed with starter Marcos Reyna lasting seven innings, allowing just two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Mike McGillvray pitched a perfect eighth before Kyle McKay pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn the save.
Mike Andrulis had a hit, a stolen base and scored a run for the Panthers, who had only one hit besides the two they managed to score their three runs in the fifth inning.
Burlington starter Mathew St. Kitts went five innings, taking the loss. He allowed three runs on two hits with seven strikeouts and three walks before Kyle Bolton finished up with four shutout innings, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts and two walks.
Daniel Peake had two of Burlington’s five hits and drove in both runs. Burlington left six men on base, to Kitchener’s four.
On Sunday (May 19), Burlington visits Toronto for a 2 p.m. game.