KITCHENER – The Kitchener Panthers and Burlington Bandits split their doubleheader Sunday at Jack Couch Park.
Burlington won the first game 11-10. That game started June 26 and was suspended due to rain with Burlington leading 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Julian Johnson led the Bandits offence with a home run, single and six RBI. Justin Gideon had two hits, including his third home run of the season, four RBI and two runs. Canice Ejoh went 4-for-4 with four runs, Kevin Hussey singled, doubled and scored twice, and Jim Martin had the other RBI.
Branden Kuzyk (1-3) picked up the win in relief, allowing four runs on four hits in 3.2 innings, walking two without striking out a batter. Christian Hauck started and went 5.2 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits. Hauck struck out two and walked one.
Mike Gordner had five hits for the first-place Panthers, including two doubles and a home run. Gordner drove in one and scored twice. Tanner Nivins hit two home runs and drove in three while scoring twice. David Whiteside had two hits, two runs and an RBI, Mike Andrulis drove in a pair, Frank Camilo Morejon added an RBI, and Justin Interisano scored twice.
Noelvis Entenza (8-4) took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out four. Starter Matt McGovern allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits over six innings, striking out three and walking two.
In Game 2, Nivins homered, doubled and singled twice in the Panthers' 12-3 win. Nivins drove in two and scored three runs. Gordner had four hits, four runs and three RBI, Whiteside doubled and drove in four and scored once, Interisano had two hits, an RBI and run, Sean Reilly went 2-for-4 with two runs, and Terrell Alliman drove in a pair.
Entenza went five innings for the win, scattering two runs on seven hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk.
Ejoh had three hits and an RBI to lead Burlington, which dropped to 9-23. Gideon singled, doubled and scored. Derek Zwolinksi (0-2) took the loss after giving up nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits over six innings, walking four and striking out three.
The Panthers have only two games left in the regular season: Friday's game against second-place London, and Sunday's home game against Brantford at 7pm.