London Majors on verge of quick series exit

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It’s pretty simple for the London Majors on Saturday night.

They either win at Labatt Park against the Kitchener Panthers or they go another year without an Intercounty Baseball League championship.

They trail the Panthers 3-0 in the best-of-seven semifinal but this was the best chance they had of making the series a close affair. The Majors will have a tough time getting over Friday’s 10-9 loss to the Panthers after blowing an 8-2 lead in Kitchener.

The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning but the Majors came right back to tie the game.

The Majors then built an 8-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. Starter Brett Sabourin lasted into the sixth inning and then the roof fell in.

The Panthers struck for five runs in that inning with the big blow a Tanner Nivins grand slam home run. They then added three more runs in the seventh to build a 10-8 lead.

Sabourin left after going 6 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits, eight runs, all earned and six walks.

Panther starter Matt McGovern only pitched into the fifth giving up 13 hits and eight runs although only three were earned. Mike Schnurr and Noelvis Entenza picked him up with Schnurr earning the win and Entenza the save.

Todd Leavitt who gave up two runs was tagged with the loss for the Majors.

The Majors managed to cut the lead to 10-9 with a run in the eighth inning but couldn’t get any closer.

Yorbis Borroto had a three RBI night for the Panthers including a home run. Mike Gordner had four hits with a home run while Zarley Cina had a three-hit night.

Carlos Arteaga continues to have a strong playoff series for the Majors. He had two hits and scored three runs that included a solo home run.

Chris McQueen had three hits and Byron Reichstein a pair of hits and two RBI for London. Le’Jon Baker also had a pair of hits and Quinton Twohey had a hit and two RBI.

Neither team was particularly sharp in the field. The Majors continue to struggle defensively in this series making three errors while the Panthers made five.

The Majors must win Game 4 goes Saturday at 7:35.

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