A tough weekend wraps up for the Kitchener Panthers

The Kitchener Panthers are lost in five games and have a few days to rest before hosting Brantford on Thursday

For the Kitchener Panthers, the busiest part of the season is now over.

And they’re probably glad it’s over.

The Panthers completed a six-day, seven-game stretch that sank into a five-game loss that dropped both ends of a double-headed Sunday with the Barrie Baycats.

The final wasn’t as one-sided as Saturday’s games against Toronto. The Baycats won 7-2 in Game 1 and 8-3 in Game 2.

“Christian (Hauck) gave us a good start earlier, but we fell behind again,” said Panthers manager Don Menard and we didn’t fight our way back. “

Hauck went four innings, gave up three hits and three runs, went two and hit a pair.

His counterpart for Barrie set up an entire game. Juan Benitez gave up two runs on seven hits, and he also went on strike and walked two.

Barrie took an early 3-0 lead in the second inning, and the Panthers took it to a one-run game in the fifth before the Baycats scored another three goals in the sixth inning to take the game out of reach.

But there were a couple of flaws on the basepath, including one where a runner migrated from second base to bottom of seventh and was substituted out of the game for the final.

“We can’t do that. We can’t kill small rallies,” added Menard, “we’re going to get more tidying up on our bases and more attention. But that also comes (with) a lot of games in many days. You you’re tired, you’re just not paying attention. “

In the second game, Barrie started a second inning with four runs, and the Panthers had another late ball game with one run.

However, that’s as close as the panthers would come.

There was a slight ray of hope when Liam Wilson expanded his hit series to 13 games. Menard said he was happy to see his racket continue to score, but noted that even Wilson would say that individual awards aren’t as important as shooting for an IBL championship.

Menard admits the defeat is a little frustrating but added that it is a league of workers and everyone has to deal with it.

He says that despite the difficult period, he is confident that the panthers can take things up again.

“As soon as we’re all healthy and we’re all back – people are missing and all – we’ll be fine,” Menard said. “I believe in the team, I believe in the boys very much. Just as much” Since we’ve won four or five games in a row, you can lose four or five games in a row in this league. Hopefully we’ll start a brand new winning streak on Thursday. “

The Panthers host the Brantford Red Sox Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

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