The Kitchener Panthers are in control of the Intercounty Baseball League finals.
They managed to hold Barrie's offence to just one hit in a 1-0, 11-inning victory over the defending league champion Baycats in the Game 1 Tuesday night.
Brian Burton (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, R) hit a one-out triple in the 11th off reliever Chris Nagorski (L, 2IP, 1R, 3H, 1K) and was driven home on a single by Keegan Martin (2-for-4, RBI) for the only run of the game.
Branfy Infante (1-for-4) got Barrie's first and only hit of the game, a one-out single in the 10th off reliever Mike Schnurr (W, 3IP, 1H, 2BB, 1K).
The Panthers thought they scored first in the 6th inning when Mike Gordner drove in Andy Leader from third on a sacrifice fly.
But Leader was doubled up at third on an appeal to end the inning.
Baycats starter Frank Garces went 9 innings, giving up 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8 for the Baycats and got a no-decision.
Panthers starter Noelvis Entenza issued 4 walks but no hits over 7 innings, striking out 6.
Miguel Lahara set the Baycats down in order in the bottom of the 11th for the save.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven goes Thursday night in Kitchener.
Click on audio to hear Ken Hashizume's game recap plus interviews from Brian Burton of the Panthers and Kevin Atkinson of the Baycats.