Vasquez goes the distance in Panthers' first win

LONDON - Jose Vasquez brought the gas, and he kept his foot on it to help the Kitchener Panthers get their first win of the 2024 season.

Vasquez needed 124 pitches (87 strikes) to go the distance in a 5-2 win over the London Majors Friday night.

Kitchener improves to 1-4 on the season, while London drops their first game of the year and now sport a 4-1 record.

The Cambridge native struck out 12 batters and handed out just one walk in the victory. He gave up five hits and two runs.

Nick Parsons led the way on offense, finishing three-for-five including a seventh inning rocket over the left field fence off London reliever Alex Springer. That made it 4-1 Kitchener at that point.

Parsons was a triple away from the cycle.

Kitchener went out to an early lead, scoring a run in both the first and second innings, courtesy an RBI double from Stephen Whalen and an RBI single from Raul Gonzalez.

Gonzalez would finish two-for-five with a pair of runs driven in. Seven of the nine Panthers starters registered a hit.

Jose Arias was tagged with the loss, going six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. He struck out nine and issued three walks.

The Panthers wrap up the weekend at Jack Couch Park Sunday, May 26 against the Brantford Red Sox on Minor Baseball Day! First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.


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