BRANTFORD – The Brantford Red Sox broke open a 2-2 tie with two runs scored in the bottom of the fifth and held on for a 4-3 victory over the Kitchener Panthers in Intercounty Baseball League action Friday night.
Brantford won its eighth straight game, improving to 26-4 with the win. The Panthers dipped to 15-13 with the loss, but remained in fourth place in the IBL standings, three games back of the fifth place Toronto Maple Leafs.
Brantford starter Mike Meyers lasted just 1/3 of an inning before Chris Chavez came on in relief, standing his own and allowing just four hits and two earned runs with two walks and three strikeouts over 6 2/3 inning pitched to earn the win. Stefan Strecker came on to pitch the ninth, allowing one hit and one earned run to earn the save.
The Red Sox out-hit the Panthers 11-5 and witnessed the visitors commit two errors, compared to the hosts, zero.
Steve Lewis and Jeff Hunt each had a pair of hits, a run scored and an RBI in the win, while Josh McCurdy singled and doubled. Hyung Cho and Scott Thorman each singled and scored, while Terrell Alliman, Tyler Burnell and Tom Weir each chipped in with a hit to round out the Red Sox offence.
Mike Andrulis had a pair of hits to lead the Panthers in their losing effort, while Iggy Villalobos and Mitch Delaney each singled and scored for the visitors. Rick Murray doubled and drove in two runs, while Bryon Bell drove in a run and came in to score.
-IBL Media Relations