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Panthers double London to keep pace atop IBL

The Kitchener Panthers scored three runs in the first, and never looked back
Panthers 2019 Tanner Nivins
Kitchener Panthers' Tanner Nivins makes contact with a baseball during an at bat against London on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Mark Pare/KitchenerToday

Since returning to action after missing nearly a month, Tanner Nivins hasn't lost his touch at the plate.

He went two-for-five Tuesday night, and both hits generated runs for his team, starting with a two-run single in the first to get his team on the board.

He would add another RBI on a single in the fifth to help the Kitchener Panthers to a 6-3 win over the London Majors.

Nivins has played in six contests since a three-week layoff, and has hits in five of those games.

And when it wasn't the offense helping out --- four Panthers registered at least two hits --- the pitching was on point.

Stephen Gade went five solid innings of two-hit ball, surrendering an earned run and three walks, while striking out two to get the win.

The win puts the Panthers neck-and-neck with the Barrie Baycats at the top of the IBL at 17-6 on the year.  They're both 4.5 games up on the third place Welland Jackfish.

Kitchener is home to Toronto Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. from Jack Couch Park.


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