KITCHENER – Mitch Delaney and Darnell Duckett both drove in a pair of runs to lead the Kitchener Panthers to a 7-5 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, one night after the Leafs routed the Panthers 17-8 in Toronto.
Delaney also had two hits and scored a run as Kitchener (15-12) built an early 5-0 lead and made it stand up, as Toronto (12-16) remained in fifth place in the IBL standings with the loss.
Kitchener scored four first inning runs as the Leafs fell into another early hole and unlike Wednesday night, couldn’t climb all the way back out of it.
Panthers starter Adam Echlin was consistent enough over six innings to get the win. He allowed two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk before three relievers finished up. Bryon Bell pitched the ninth to earn a save, allowing one run on a hit and two walks.
Duckett’s two-run double keyed the big first inning for Kitchener, while Mike Andrulis also had two hits and scored a pair of runs. Iggy Villalobos and Bell also both had two hits and an RBI for the winners, who had 10 hits. Tanner Nivins added a solo homer for Kitchener.
Toronto starter Troy Marks was the loser. He went six innings, allowing six runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Conor Lillis-White came on in the seventh and couldn’t get an out but Justin Cicatello pitched two shutout innings to keep the Leafs close, allowing one hit with one strikeout and one walk.
Branfy Arias had three hits for the Leafs, who had 11 in the game. Sean Mattson had two hits, including a solo homer and two RBI, and Jon Waltenbury hit a two-run homer for the Leafs, while Raul Borjas also added a pair of hits.
The Panthers' next home game is Sunday at 7 p.m. vs. Barrie.
-IBL Media Relations