IBL Media Relations
KITCHENER – The Kitchener Panthers rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the London Majors 10-9 Friday night at Jack Couch Park.
Kitchener leads the best-of-seven semifinal 3-0, and can complete a sweep of the Majors Saturday night in London.
Trailing 8-2, the Panthers scored five runs in the sixth inning and added three in the seventh to take the lead for good.
Tanner Nivins hit a grand slam in the sixth inning, while Yorbis Borroto homered and drove in three, and Mike Gordner went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI.
Justin Interisano had two hits and an RBI, Zarley Cina singled twice, doubled and scored two runs, and Sean Reilly singled once and scored twice.
Mike Schnurr (1-0) picked up the win, allowing a run on one hit with a walk and three strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Noelvis Entenza went two scoreless innings with two strikeouts for his first save. Matt McGovern started and went 5.1 innings, giving up eight runs (three earned) on 13 hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
Carlos Arteaga singled and hit a solo home run while scoring three times for the Majors. Chris McQueen had three hits, two runs and an RBI, Byron Reichstein and Quinton Twohey each had two RBI, LeJon Baker singled twice and added an RBI and a run, and Robert Doyle drove in a run.
Cleveland Brownlee and Michael Ambrose each singled and scored.
Todd Leavitt (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on four hits over 1.2 innings with a strikeout. Brett Sabourin started and yielded eight runs on eight hits with six walks and three strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
In the other IBL semifinal, Branfy Infante went 3-for-4 and scored three runs as the Barrie Baycats took a stranglehold on their semifinal series with a 6-2 win over the Brantford Red Sox Friday night at Coates Stadium.
Barrie leads the best-of-seven series 3-0.