The Kitchener Panthers took advantage of four Hamilton Cardinals errors to win their IBL quarter-final series Wednesday night at Bernie Arbour Stadium.
Sean Reilly and David Whiteside homered for the Panthers in the 10-6 win while Kyle Gappa and Anthony Rizquez each went two-for-four for the Cards.
The Panthers would get on the board first as Reilly hit a solo home run with two out in the top of the first inning. Kitchener would double their lead in the second. Jeff Pietraszko led off with a walk and moved to second with a stolen base. Mike Andrulis would then single to move Pietraszko to third, and then took advantage of an error to cross the plate and go up on Hamilton 2-0. Kitchener would of added more in the inning but Gappa dove to make an outstanding grab to end the inning.
Gappa would lead off the Cardinals half of the second with a single and moved up 90-feet on Jon Saporsantos’ walk. Later in the inning Rizquez singled to cash in Gappa and cut the Panther lead in half.
In the fourth, Pietraszko would reach second base on an error to lead off the inning. After a couple of fly balls, Mike Glinka singled to score Pietraszko to regain a two run lead for Kitchener.
Hamilton’s bats then came alive in the fifth. Rizquez singled to open the inning and scored on a double by Marcus Dicenzo. John Solazzo would then single with two outs to put runners on the corners before Dan Jagdeo drew a walk to load up the bases. Gappa would then single and bring in two runs to tie the game at three.
The Cardinals weren’t done there though. Jagdeo moved to third on a Saporsantos single and scored on a fielding error by Kitchener’s left fielder Pietraszko. Hamilton would add one more in the inning when Gappa scored on a wild pitch to go up 6-3 after five innings.
Kitchener threatened to score in the sixth as they loaded the bases up with a walk and two singles, all with two outs. However a ground out ended the inning. However, the Panthers would get back into the game in the seventh. Reilly led off with a double and then scored on Whiteside’s two-run home run. Pietraszko would then draw a walk, followed by singles from Murray and Andrulis to push him across the plate to tie the game at six.
The Panthers would take the lead for good in the eighth as Reilly scored on a throwing error. Kitchener added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth to take the game and the series.
For the Cardinals, Kyle Adoranti started the game and went five and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs, only one was earned, on three hits, walking six batters, while striking out one. Matt Betts would take over for Adoranti, going a third of an inning giving up three runs on four hits and a walk. Tanner Guindon would pick up the loss going an inning and two-thirds, allowing an unearned run on two hits and walking one batter. Benson Merritt went the final inning and a third, giving up three runs on five hits, walking one and striking out one.
Mike McGillivray took to the mound for Kitchener, allowing six runs on eight hits, walking four batters and striking out four over six innings. Adam Echlin picked up the win in relief of McGillivray, going two innings, allowing a hit and striking out one. Russell Luxton pitched the final inning, giving up a walk and striking out one.
With the win, Kitchener moves on to the IBL semi-finals against the London Majors.