WEEK AHEAD: Panthers look to snap losing skid

KITCHENER - A trio of tough tests lie ahead this week, as the Kitchener Panthers look to snap a three-game losing skid.

It begins at home Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, as Kitchener looks to avenge an 8-7 loss at Christie Pits back on May 22. In that one, Kitchener held a 7-1 lead, but Toronto clawed back and walked it off.

Thursday is also Eastwood Secondary School Day at Jack Couch Park. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m.

If there is an Achilles heel for Toronto, they are last in the IBL in both errors on defense (28) and strikeouts by its batters (131). For reference, no other team has struck out more than 100 times.

Afterwards, the Panthers head out on the road for four straight games, including two this weekend.

First, it's a visit to Hamilton to face the Cardinals Friday at 7:35 p.m.

Danny Berg and last year's league MVP Tyler Duncan are the top two hitters in the league with averages of .462 and .436 respectively.

Kitchener wraps up the weekend with its second trip to Chatham-Kent to take on the Barnstormers Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m.