LONDON – The Kitchener Panthers broke open a close 2-0 game with a pair of runs in the eighth inning, then added to their 4-2 lead with three runs in the top of the ninth to come away with a 7-2 win in one of two games played in the Intercounty Baseball League on Tuesday night.
Mike McGillivray earned the win for the Panthers (17-14), who now trail the third place Majors (17-13) by just a half game, and the Barrie Baycats by a game and a half in the IBL standings.
The London loss also means the Brantford Red Sox magic number lowers to just one, and with a win tomorrow night versus the Barrie Baycats, they can clinch the IBL pennant.
McGillivray started and allowed eight hits and two earned runs with one walk and four strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings pitched.
Tanner Nivins powered the Panthers offence with a pair of home runs and four RBI in the win, increasing his season total to eight. Kaiden Bowers and Brian Burton each notched a pair of hits, with Burton adding a run scored. Mike Andrulis singled, scored and drove in a run, while Mike Glinka singled and Jeff Pietraszko scored and drove in a run. Mitch Delaney doubled and scored twice to pace the Kitchener attack.
Ryan Lapensee and Paul Young each had two of London’s eight hits on the night, with Lapensee adding a run scored and Young driving in a run. Paul Lytwynec singled and scored, while Paul LaMantia, Cleveland Brownlee and Larry Balkwill each had single hits in the loss.
Majors starter Cory Hammond took the loss, giving up six hits and three runs – two earned – with four walks and three strikeouts over seven innings pitched.
-IBL Media Relations