The Cloverdale Black Panthers iced the Tim Hortons Terminators 9-8 in Mosquito baseball playoff action Monday night at Lakeview Park.
The Terminators were leading by one run going into the top of the sixth when the Black Panthers scored four to go ahead.
Both teams displayed strong defence and pitching with the Black Panthers’ staff sparked by Drayden Routley, who only faced three batters, allowing no runs and striking out one.
Oakley Kemper pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, fanning two. Evan Kashuba faced only three batters in the fifth and Ben Thompson mowed down three in the bottom of the sixth to preserve the win.
The Terminators’ hill was led by Mark Johnson, who struck out one and pitched a scoreless first, Leland Robertson-Haupstein and Nolan Smyth, who each recorded two Ks, and Reilly Beer, with three punchouts.
Kashuba went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored two runs, Lucas McCool went 2-for-3 with one run and Thompson was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs for the Cloverdale crew. Reece Holmes went 3 for 3 with a double, two runs and a walk.
John Geiz hit a single and scored a run for Tim Hortons, while Mark Johnson was 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs and Beer was 3-for-3 with two runs.