Panthers Win Game 1 of Back to Back with Toronto
The Panthers visited the Toronto Maple Leafs at Christie Pits on Wednesday evening, battling in a back and forth game until the team scored six runs in the sixth inning to pull away from the leafs on their way to a 14-6 Victory.
The Panthers continued their strong offensive start to the season, picking up 14 hits, led by Simon Grinberg who had a two-run double in the pivotal sixth inning and finished with four RBI. He reached base four times on three hits and a walk, and he also scored twice.
Blake Jacklin went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs, Andy Leader drilled a two-run home run in the third inning, Stephen Whalen went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs, Keegan Marsden picked up a pair of hits and Stephen Nahrabeki scored three times.
Jacob Douglas improved to 2-0 on the season as he went five innings for the win. He allowed eight runs on four hits and fanned four without issuing a walk. The Panthers have now won all 3 games Douglas has started in this season.
Matt Stoddart threw two innings of relief, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out one. Grant Shantz threw two scoreless innings to finish the game off, allowing two hits and striking out 1.
Diego Dominguez (0-1) took the loss as he started and lasted three innings, allowing three runs on two hits with three walks and no strikeouts.
The Panthers will look to sweep the Maple Leafs in game two of their back to back series on Thursday evening at Jack Couch Park. This is the only home game of the week for the Panthers and first pitch is scheduled for 7:30.