Panthers punch ticket to IBL final

by Ryan Harrison

KITCHENER – It will be first vs. second for the 100th Intercounty Baseball League championship.

One day after the first-place Barrie Baycats clinched a spot in the final, the second-place Kitchener Panthers joined them after a 4-3 Game 4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night at Jack Couch Park.

Kitchener swept the best-of-seven semifinal.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first, Mike Gordner's two-run blast tied the game for the Panthers.

Brian Burton led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run, and Yorbis Borroto did the same in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie. Borroto, Burton and Keegan Marsden each finished with two hits.

Mike Schnurr (1-0) earned the win after two scoreless inning of relief. He yielded one hit and struck out two.

Starter Jonder Martinez went six innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

For Toronto, which finished fourth in the regular season, Marcus Knecht had three hits and two RBI. Mike Reeves drove in the other run. Grant Tamane singled once and scored twice.

Justin Cicatello (1-2) took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits over eight innings. He walked two and struck out three.