Three-run first enough for Panthers

by Ryan Harrison

LONDON – Three first-inning runs were the difference in the Kitchener Panthers' 6-3 win over the London Majors Tuesday night at Labatt Park.

Kitchener's Tanner Nivins drove in three while adding a pair of hits and scoring a run. Yorbis Borroto scored three times, Zarley Cina went 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, Liam Wilson singled twice, and Ryley Davenport added two hits and an RBI.

Stephen Gade (1-0) earned the win, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Miguel Lahera picked up his fifth save with a scoreless ninth, striking out one.

Yuki Yasuda had two of London's four hits while also scoring twice. Yasuda, Myles Miller and Cleveland Brownlee all drove in a run.

Juliandry Higuera (4-3) took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Kitchener (17-6) kept pace with Barrie atop the standings, and fifth-place London dropped to 13-13.