Quartet of Warriors sign with Panthers

KITCHENER - This year’s edition of the Kitchener Panthers will have a heavy Waterloo Warriors influence.

Nolan Misa, Jayden Kemp, Spencer Voisin and Carson Hepburn, a quartet of players from the local OUA squad have signed on for 2024.

All four were part of Waterloo’s run to the OUA championship final last October, before losing to Toronto in extra innings.

All four bring their own style to the diamond.

Misa, an infielder and Toronto Mets alumni, made one appearance for the Panthers in 2022. But it is his performance last fall that has Panthers brass excited.

Misa posted a .349 batting average in 16 games, including 15 hits, 14 RBI and went 10-for-11 on stolen bases with the Warriors.

Kemp, another infielder, was one of the best hitters in Canadian university ball last fall, leading the Warriors with a .568 batting average and a .619 on-base percentage in 13 games.

He was named an OUA first-team all-star as a designated hitter.

A native of the Bahamas, Kemp is a Canadian citizen and counts as a domestic player.

Outfielder Voisin has competed in 20 career IBL games, as a member of the Brantford Red Sox in 2021 and 2023.

In 2022, he played for the Brooks Bombers of the Western Canadian League, posting a .238 AVG in 29 games.

Hepburn has been a strikeout artist as a relief pitcher with the Warriors.

In 2023, he made five appearances and struck out 13 batters in nine innings of work, walking only two batters in the process. 

In 2022, he made four starts on the hill and recorded a 3.79 ERA in 19 IP. He had 17 strikeouts to seven walks.

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Position: Infielder

Hometown: Markham, ON

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 175 lbs

Hits/Pitches: R/L

Birthdate: August 27, 2001

Pronunciation: No-lin Me-suh


Position: Infielder

Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 215 lbs

Hits/Pitches: R/R

Birthdate: June 20, 2000

Pronunciation: Jay-din Kemp


Position: Outfielder

Hometown: Kitchener, ON

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 190 lbs

Hits/Pitches: L/R

Birthdate: June 4, 2001

Pronunciation: Spen-sir Voy-z-inn


Position: Pitcher

Hometown: Newmarket, ON

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 175 lbs

Hits/Pitches: R/R

Birthdate: December 21, 2001

Pronunciation: Car-sin Hep-burn