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Kitchener Panthers take commanding series lead over Brantford

The Panthers have 2-0 series lead, can close out series Sunday at home
Panthers - Martinez and Iltshishin
Kitchener Panthers pitcher Yonder Martinez winds for a pitch, with first baseman Chris Iltshishin in the background. (Mark Pare/KitchenerToday.com)

Jonder Martinez had quite the Intercounty Baseball League playoff debut Friday night.

The Kitchener Panthers righty walked one, struck out nine and gave up two hits in seven innings of work to lead the Panthers to a 9-1 win over the Brantford Red Sox.

On offense, it was a true team effort for the home side at Jack Couch Park.

Zach Johnson was one-for-four with two RBI.

Four others --- Tanner Nivins, Mike Gordner, Brian Burton and Mike Glinka --- had an RBI each.

It started off slow, with Burton's sac fly RBI in the first inning the only offense.

But the Panthers came through with a five-run fifth inning to blow the game wide open.

Jose Bautista --- not the former Blue Jay --- pitched five innings for the Red Sox.

He gave up seven hits, six runs (four earned), walked four and struck out three and took the loss.

The win gives the Panthers a 2-0 series lead, and a chance to close out the series at home Sunday afternoon.





Mark Pare

About the Author: Mark Pare

Mark is a graduate of Canadore College in North Bay whose career has taken him through a number of spots across Ontario. He spent nearly a decade in the radio news industry in North Bay, Timmins and Waterloo Region
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