Not to make excuses, but fatigue might have played a factor for the Kitchener Panthers.
They were routed 19-8 at home to the Welland Jackfish Sunday afternoon, despite a late-game comeback effort.
Christian Hauck got the start for the Panthers, but was shelled for seven runs (five earned) in two innings of work. He gave up six hits, three walks and struck out one batter.
The bullpen didn't fare much better, as the Jackfish were already up 13-0 by the fourth inning.
It wraps up a stretch where Kitchener played four and a half games in six days, and three and a half games in four consecutive days.
Kitchener remains a half game back of Barrie for first place, with just six games to go for the Panthers.
The Panthers will seek some revenge later this week, as they visit Welland Thursday night.