Kitchener sweep the Bandits in doubleheader

ibl logoKITCHENER – The Kitchener Panthers scored six runs in the fourth inning and completely shut down the Burlington Bandits 12-0 in game one of an evening doubleheader.

Game one was originally slated for last night in Burlington, but the game was rained out and moved to Kitchener to 5pm this evening and played as a doubleheader. The regularly scheduled game between the two teams was to follow at approximately 7pm.

The Panthers scored single runs in each of the first two innings before posting six more in the fourth to take a commanding 8-0 lead. They added four more in the seventh for the 12-0 victory, holding the Bandits to just four hits while making five errors.

Mike McGillivray was the Panthers starter and earned the win, allowing the only four Bandits hits of the game with two walks and six strikeouts over six innings pitched.

Mike Glinka singled, doubled and homered for the Panthers, with two RBI and three runs scored while Iggy Villalobos had a pair of hits with three RBI. Jeff Pietraszko had a pair of doubles with a run scored and an RBI while Mitch Delaney had a two-run home run in the win. Kaiden Bowers and Keith Kandel each had a hit and two runs scored while Mat Taube and Kevin Nickel each had a hit with one run scored. Tanner Nivins added a run scored to round out the Kitchener offence.

Evan DiMichele was the Burlington starter and lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and five earned runs with five walks to take the loss.

Phil Steer had two of Burlington’s four hits, with Peter Bako and Tyler Fata accounting for the other two.

Burlington held off in Game 2

A single run in the bottom of the fifth proved to be the last laugh for the Kitchener Panthers, as they held off the Burlington Bandits 5-4, earning a sweep of the day’s doubleheader.

It was a back-and-forth affair which saw the Bandits strike first with a single run in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead, only to see the Panthers respond with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. The Bandits got right back into it with two runs in the top of the second to tie the game 3-3. After the teams exchanged a run each over the next two innings, the Panthers registered the final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth to break open the 4-4 tie, which proved to be the game-winning run.

The doubleheader sweep for Kitchener (23-16) leapfrogs them over the Barrie Baycats into third place in the IBL standings by a half game. The Bandits (13-26) hold a two game lead over the last place Guelph Royals.

Matt McGovern was the starter for Kitchener and earned the win, allowing eight hits and four runs – three earned – with three walks and eight strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings pitched. Bryon Bell came in to pitch the seventh inning and earned the save, striking out a pair.

Mike Glinka and Jeff Pietraszko singled and homered for the home side, each scoring a pair of runs and driving in one and two runs, respectively. Tanner Nivins and Rick Murray each had a pair of hits with Nivins adding an RBI, while Mat Taube and Mike Andrulis both notched singles, with Andrulis adding a run scored. Mitch Delaney added an RBI to round out the Kitchener attack.

Jack Dennis started for the Bandits and took the loss, allowing nine hits and five earned runs with one walk and one strikeout over 4 2/3 innings pitched.

Ryan Clarke had a pair of hits with an RBI and two runs scored for the Bandits, while Dan Franceschetti also had a pair of hits with a run scored. Peter Bako and Jeff Kosta each singled and drove in a run, while Daniel Peake and Nick Studer added singles with Peake adding a run scored. Sean Molony drove in a run to round out the Burlington offence.