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LONDON – Sean Reilly went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Kitchener Panthers to a 5-2 win over the London Majors Tuesday night at Labatt Park.
Kitchener leads the best-of-seven semifinal 2-0. Game 3 in the series was rescheduled for Friday night at Jack Couch Park in Kitchener after Thursday's rain-out.
Reilly also singled twice and doubled while scoring a pair of runs Tuesday. Mike Gordner had two hits and a run, and Yorbis Borroto and Mike Andrulis each had a hit and scored once. Zarley Cina singled twice.
Pitcher Sean Ratcliffe allowed two runs on four hits with five walks and seven strikeouts over five innings. Mike Schnurr gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth for his first save of the postseason.
For London, Carlos Arteaga had two hits and scored once, Michael Ambrose singled twice and had an RBI, and Cleveland Brownlee drove in the other run.
Losing pitcher Luis Sanchez allowed five runs (two earned) on 10 hits with a walk and three strikeouts over seven innings.
In the IBL's other semifinal series, the Barrie Baycats defeated the Brantford Red Sox 14-1 to open their best-of-seven battle Tuesday night.
Barrie received a first-round bye after finishing atop the regular season standings and hadn't played since July 30, but the Baycats scored twice in the second inning and added five more runs in the third to pull away.
Branfy Infante doubled twice and drove in four to lead the Baycats' offence. Jordan Castaldo had two RBI and two runs, Kevin Atkinson and Ryan Spataro each scored twice, while Claudio Custodio and Kyle DeGrace both had an RBI and two runs. Jeff Cowan drove in two and scored once, Steve Lewis singled, doubled and had an RBI and scored, and Conner Morro plated a run.
Emilis Guerrero (1-0) earned the win, allowing an unearned run on seven hits while striking out eight in seven innings.
Nic Burdett had the Red Sox's lone RBI. Dan Jagdeo and Nate DeSouza had two hits apiece, and Benjamin Bostick went 2-for-4 with a run.
Adrian Yuen (0-1) took the loss, giving up 13 runs on 11 hits in six innings. He walked seven and struck out three.