KITCHENER – After a wild, back-and-forth, rain riddled evening, it all ended on a walk.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Rick Murray took his base on balls and in walked Brian Burton, scoring the winning run for the Kitchener Panthers to defeat the visiting Guelph Royals 14-13.
It was a game the Panthers surely thought they put away much earlier on, as they led 8-0 after three innings, and 12-3 after the fourth. The Royals responded with one and two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to cut into the Kitchener lead 12-6, but then the wheels fell off for the Panthers.
The Royals took advantage of deteriorating weather conditions and sloppy play by the Panthers to score seven runs in the top of the ninth and take a 13-12 lead. In the bottom of the inning Tanner Nivins scored for Kitchener to tie the game as the Royals turned a double play, yet the Panthers were able to load the bases and Burton was walked in for the winning run.
Bryon Bell was the sixth Kitchener pitcher of the night and earned the win, allowing two hits and three runs – one earned – with one walk and one strikeout over an inning pitched. It was the second straight win for the Panthers (14-11), who remain just a half game back of third place Barrie and a game back of second place London in the IBL standings.
The Panthers outhit the Royals 20-15, but also committed four errors compared to Guelph’s two. Nivins homered and singled twice, finishing with three RBI and two runs scored, while Mike Andrulis also homered and singled twice with two RBI and two runs scored.
Mitch Delaney singled twice and doubled, scoring twice, while Bryon Bell singled and homered, driving in three and scoring once. Darnell Duckett had three hits with a pair of RBI, while Kaiden Bowers doubled and homered with an RBI and two runs scored. Keith Kandel had a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored. Burton singled, scored three runs and had three walks in total, including his ninth inning base on balls.
Brendan Sorichetti took the loss for the Royals (6-18), who lost their fourth in a row. Sorichetti allowed four hits and two earned runs with two walks while registering just two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Dan Treccia went 4-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored, while Josh Garton singled and hit his seventh home run of the year, driving in three runs and a run scored. Nick Lancisi homered, driving in three and scoring two, while Bruce Yari and C.J. Fearon each had a pair of hits with a run scored, with Fearon adding two RBI. Robert Grilli singled twice with two runs scored, while Chaz Pal and Taylor Castrillo each singled, adding one and two runs, respectively.
The Panthers' next game is Monday night at home vs. Hamilton at 7:30 p.m.
-IBL Media Relations