GUELPH – The Kitchener Panthers posted five runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on for an 8-7 win over the host Guelph Royals, dealing the home team its third straight loss.
The Panthers (13-11) took an 8-2 lead with their seventh inning outburst, before the Royals responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 8-3. Guelph made things tight with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, closing the gap to 8-7, but it was as close as they would come, as the Panthers snapped a two game losing skid with the win.
Kitchener starter Mike McGillivray earned the win, allowing just four hits and two earned runs with five walks and four strikeouts over six innings pitched. Bryon Bell was the fifth pitcher to appear and closed things out, allowing just one hit and one walk with two strikeouts over the final inning to earn the save.
Brian Burton doubled to drive in three and also homered for the Panthers in the win, adding two runs scored. Mitch Delaney had a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Keith Kandel had two singles and a run scored. Mike Andrulis singled and scored twice, while Tanner Nivins singled and drove in a run. Pitcher Bryon Bell rounded out the attack with a single and a run scored.
Starter Mark Wilush took the loss for the Royals, allowing eight hits and eight earned runs with six walks and four strikeouts over 6 and two-thirds innings pitched.
Josh Garton singled and doubled for two of Guelph’s eight hits, adding two RBI and two runs scored, while Justin Interisano had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI. Dan Treccia singled twice, while Taylor Castrillo and C.J. Fearon each singled and scored a run. Robert Grilli and Duaine Bowles added a single run scored each to round out the Guelph offence.
-IBL Media Relations