Another extra-inning win by Kitchener squares IBL final
KITCHENER – The Kitchener Panthers battled back to tie their Intercounty Baseball League championship series with the Barrie Baycats with another extra-innings victory Sunday night at Jack Couch Park.
Zach Johnson stroked a two-out, bases-loaded single in the 10th inning to give Kitchener a 3-2 victory to knot the best-of-seven final at two wins apiece.
The Panthers had won the opening game of the series 1-0 with the game’s only run coming in the 11th inning. Barrie followed that with two consecutive wins as the Baycats took the second game 6-4 and the third game 4-2.
Sunday, Barrie jumped ahead early when Jordan Castaldo clouted a solo homer in the first inning.
Kitchener tied it in the fifth when Mike Gordner’s groundout to shortstop scored Andy Leader.
Barrie regained the lead in the top of the seventh when Ryan Spataro’s triple plated Glenn Jackson, but the Panthers got that run back in the bottom of the inning on a solo leadoff homer by Mike Andrulis.
Mike Schnurr picked up the win for the Panthers. He relieved starter Noelvis Entenza in the seventh and held the Baycats scoreless the rest of the way. He yielded three hits and had two strikeouts while Entenza had surrendered the two runs off five hits and three walks. He had four strikeouts.
Chris Nagorski took the loss for Barrie. He pitched the 10th and gave up the winning run off two hits and two walks. He had a strikeout. Frank Garces had pitched nine innings, yielding the two runs off 10 hits and a walk. He had seven strikeouts.
The homer by Andrulis was Kitchener’s lone extra-base hit of the game. He also had a single while Mike Gordner, Brian Burton, Johnson and Leader each had two hits. Tanner Nivins and Yorbis Borroto added one single apiece.
Castaldo had two singles to go with his homer and was the only Baycat to get more than one hit. Spataro had a triple, Jackson a double and Starlin Rodriguez, Kyle DeGrace and Jeff Cowan each had one single.
Fifth game of the series is set for Tuesday at Barrie’s Coates Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The sixth game is to go at Kitchener’s Jack Couch Park Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
If the series goes its seven-game limit, the seventh game is scheduled for Saturday at Barrie starting at 7 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal