Panthers Drop Dramatic Slugfest in Guelph

The Kitchener Panthers weren’t able to hold onto a late lead and fell 13-12 in an action packed contest visiting the Guelph Royals.

The Panthers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the First Inning thanks to a Blake Jacklin RBI double, a Keegan Marsden RBI single, a Stephen Whalen RBI triple and a Danny Mahoney RBI sacrifice fly.

Guelph answered back with 1 run in the Second Inning and 3 more in the Third to tie the game at 4-4. The Panthers restored their 3 run lead immediately in the Fourth with Jacklin knocking a 2 RBI triple. A Robbie Gauthier RBI double in the Fifth stretched the lead to 8-4 but a pair of 2 run home runs by the Royals in the bottom of the inning brought the score back to even.

The Panthers took yet another 3 run lead on a Drey Sloat 3 run home run in the top of the Seventh Inning making it 11-8. However, the Royals answered back once again with 4 runs in the bottom of the Eighth, ultimately winning the game 13-12.

Despite the loss, the Panthers’ bats were on fire, picking up 17 hits as a team. Blake Jacklin ended the day 4 for 6 with two doubles, a triple, and 3 RBI. Drey Sloat picked up his first IBL Home Run as he went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI. Marsden, Whalen, Mahoney, and Gauthier all had 2 hits and an RBI each.

Looking Ahead

The Panthers will look to get back into the win column on Sunday the 5th as they are visiting the Brantford Red Sox for a 2:00 PM first pitch at Arnold Anderson Stadium.