By Darryl G. Smart
The Brantford Red Sox hung around again, but the middle innings again proved to be a struggle, as the Kitchener Panthers hit their way to an 8-4 win Tuesday night in Intercounty Baseball League action.
The Panthers scored three runs on three hits in the fourth and fifth innings to pull away.
Liam Wilson homered for the second-straight game and had two RBI to lead the Panthers, while Stephen Whalen also drove in a pair of runs. Jason Kauffeldt went 4-for-4, Lucas Diluca added two hits and two runs, while Jett Jarvis and Delhi’s Evyn Sherman knocked in the Panthers’ other runs. That was Sherman’s second IBL RBI of the season.
Brantford struck early and got on the board in the top of the first inning when Nick Burdett had an RBI single to score Gianfranco Morello.
Brantford got a run back in the top of the fifth thanks to an RBI groundout to cut the deficit to 5-3. Morello would add a sacrifice fly for the Sox in the top of the sixth inning to make it 8-4.
The Panthers bullpen was tough to beat, pitching three scoreless innings to seal the win.
Adam Robertson (1-1) picked up the win in three innings of relief. He gave up two runs on two hits, walking two and striking out one. Ryan Douglas started and allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Mile Mueller (0-1) took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in four innings.
The Red Sox are now 1-5. They host the Hamilton Cardinals on Friday at 8pm, before hitting the road Saturday against the Barrie Baycats for a 7pm game.