The battle on top of the Intercounty Baseball League standings has been warmer than the weather.
And in their latest meeting, the Kitchener Panthers (16-5) made the jump over the rival Barrie Baycats (15-6) in a hotly contested game.
The Panthers took down the Baycats 11-5 Thursday night in Barrie.
Leading the way on offense was Mike Andrulis, batting from the eighth spot. He went four-for-five with two RBI and scored twice himself.
Yorbis Borroto and Andy Leader also came through with a pair of runs batted in, while Yoenis Yera was steady on the mound.
Yera pitched six innings of five-hit baseball, surrendering two runs, three walks while striking out eight Baycat batters.
Barrie took a 2-0 lead through the first couple innings, but that quickly changed when Kitchener came back with two runs in the third and three more in the fourth.
The offense came to a standstill afterwards, with Kitchener scoring four runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
The win puts the Panthers a game up on the Baycats, with Kitchener visiting London Friday night.