The Kitchener Panthers exploded with eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and staved off a late-game Burlington comeback attempt to come away with an 11-9 win in Intercounty Baseball League play on Wednesday (June 26).
Matt McGovern earned the win for the Panthers (10-8), who remain in fourth spot in the IBL standings and move to within a half game of the third place Barrie Baycats. McGovern went six innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs with two walks and five strikeouts. Three others pitched an inning each of relief to solidify the victory.
The Bandits drop to 3-15 on the season and remain in last place in the IBL standings, trailing the seventh place Guelph Royals by a game and a half.
The Panthers outhit the Bandits 16-14, which included a big night from Tanner Nivins who went 5-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Keith Kandel singled and homered with two RBI and two runs scored, while Mat Taube singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored. Iggy Villalobos and Rick Murray each had a pair of hits and a run scored, while Darnell Duckett doubled, drove in a run and scored twice. Mike Andrulis and Mitch Delaney each registered a hit and a run scored, with Delaney adding an RBI.
The Bandits were led offensively by Daniel Peake, who went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. Darryl Pui had three hits with two RBI and a run scored, while Peter Bako also homered, singled, drove in a pair and scored twice. Kyle Morton had a two-run homer in the loss, while Connor Panas and Tyler Fata each singled, with Panas adding an RBI and Fata scoring a run.
Burlington starter Kyle Bolton was the loser, giving up 11 hits and nine earned runs with one walk and one strikeout over just 3 1/3 innings.
Burlington welcomes the London Majors to Nelson Park for a 7.30 p.m. game on Thursday (June 27).