Bats Are As Hot As The Weather
Kitchener and Hamilton would meet for the second time in three days on a perfect Sunday afternoon for baseball at Jack Couch Park.
Hamilton took the game on Friday night, this time it was the Panthers turn for the win. Yorbis Borroto was the catalyst for the Panthers victory today. Borroto opened the scoring in the 2nd inning with a RBI single to score Colin Gordner.
Hamilton would take the lead in the 3rd on a two run home run by Justin Gideon. The Cardinals also got another run in the frame on an error by Jeff Hunt. Hamilton would extend the lead to 4-1 in the 4th on a Sac Fly by Luke Tevlin.
Jeff Hunt brought the Panthers within two in the bottom of the 4th with a RBI single scoring Gordner again. Grant Arnold would homer for Hamilton in the 5th, Brian Burton answered with a homer of his own for the Panthers in the bottom of the 5th
In the 6th it looked like Hamilton may have been starting to pull away when Connor Patterson smacked a two run shot to make it a 7-3 Hamilton lead. The lead however was short lived as Kitchener scored six times in the bottom of the 6th. Mike Gordner had a RBI single scoring Zarley Cina. Brian Burton would scamper home on a wild pitch, the big blow of the inning was a Borroto grand slam to put the Panthers up 9-7.
Keegan Marsden would cap the scoring with a pinch hit RBI double in the 8th that scored Tanner Nivins to make it 10-7 in favor of Kitchener.
Hamilton would try to mount a comeback in the latter innings however Tanner Nivins laid out in center field to save extra bases in the 7th and Borroto put his stamp on the game once again in the 8th with a diving stop at short to save a run and end the frame for the Panthers.
Miguel Lahera would pitch a scoreless 9th to nail down the save and the 10-7 Panthers win.
Kitchener is off until Thursday when they travel to Barrie to face the Baycats. The next home game for the Panthers is Sunday, July 7th when the Baycats come to Couch for a 2:00pm start.