KITCHENER - The Panthers scored five runs in the first inning and 18 runs in the first five innings combined to rough up the pennant-winning Brantford Red Sox 22-8 in their last home game of the regular season.
Kitchener (25-16) moved into a second place tie with the Barrie Baycats with the win. Both teams have one scheduled regular season game left, with London (24-16) right behind them in the battle for second after Sunday’s play.
Mitch Delaney and Bryon Bell both hit three-run homers for the Panthers, while Rick Murray and Tanner Nivens also homered. Delaney wound up with six RBI, four runs scored and two hits, while Bell had four hits, three runs scored and four RBI.
Murray drove in five runs with his three hits, while Jeff Pietraszko had three hits, three runs scored and an RBI. Mike Glinka and Mike Andrulis both added three hits and three runs scored and Mat Taube had two hits, three runs and two RBI for the hard-hitting Panthers, who had 21 hits off four Brantford pitchers.
Kitchener starter Marcos Reyna managed to get the win, going five innings. He was tagged for eight runs on five hits with two strikeouts and four walks before four relievers finished up, holding the Red Sox to just seven hits.
Brantford starter Chris Chavez took the loss and was hit hard, allowing 12 runs – nine earned – on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking two, before three relievers finished the game.
Terrell Alliman and Steve Lewis hit back-to-back homers for the Red Sox (32-9), with Alliman scoring twice and driving in two runs and Lewis added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Tyler Burnell drove in a pair of runs and Lee Delfino had two hits for Brantford, the five-time defending IBL playoff champs.
The Red Sox have dominated the league all season, but they have now lost three straight games and five of their last seven.
The remaining games in the Intercounty Baseball League’s regular season listed below. There are seven games left to be played and still two games to be potentially re-scheduled before the playoffs begin next week.
Brantford has finished first, Toronto will finish fifth, Hamilton is sixth, Burlington is seventh and Guelph will finish last in eighth place. First round playoff series are all best-of-sevens, with only Brantford vs. Guelph determined as a first round match-up as of Sunday night.
-IBL Media Relations