Connor Panas made sure that he stole the show in Canisius Golden Griffs doubleheader sweep against the Marist Red Foxes, as he drilled a walk-off homerun over the centre field wall to help lift the Griffs to a 4-2 win at the Demske Sports Complex. It was Panas’s world — as he went 10-for-14 (.714) with a double, three homers and 11 RBIs — the Foxes were living in it.
In the first game of the doubleheader … Panas (Toronto, Ont.) hit a contest-tying run in the bottom of the eighth knotted things up and Panas’ late inning heorics got Canisius off to a strong start in the series.
Panas was one of two players to notch two hits the game as Brett Siddall(Windsor, Ont.) recorded a pair. Panas, Siddall and Jake Lumley (Windsor, Ont.) all recorded an RBI apiece.
Panas helped Bring the Griffs closer as he tripled in the fifth inning and was later driven in by Lumley to make it 2-1.
In the bottom of the eighth Siddall made it 2-2 as he hit an RBI single up the middle, which set the stage for Panas’ game-winning homerun in the bottom of the ninth.
In game two … Canisius used a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth to help secure a 5-1 win in the doubleheader finale.
Devon Stewart (Maple Ridge, BC) pitched the full seven innings, allowing just six hits and one earned run and struck out two, as he improved to 5-6.
Panas once again led the team with three hits and three RBIs, while Nick Capitano (Bolton, Ont.) earned an RBI walks as part of the fifth-run rally to aid the offense.
Canisius answered in the home half of the inning, as Panas drove in a run on a fielder’s choice RBI.
And in the series finale … Canisius overcame a seven-run deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning, led by Panas, as the Griffs secured the weekend sweep of Marist with a 16-11 on Sunday. Panas completed what had already been a solid weekend, with a five hit, six RBI effort. With the win Canisius is now 24-25 overall and 12-6 in MAAC play.
Panas easily topped his hitting prowess in the opening doubleheader in Game 3, as he came to the plate in the bottom of the fifth and gave the Griffs their first lead of the game with one swing of the bat, hitting a grand slam to right. Panas hit another homerun in the bottom of the seventh as he went 5-for-5.
All nine Canisius starters tallied a hit in the game with Panas’ five hits leading the way. Siddall stayed with three hits for the game. Siddall added a homerun to extend his team-leading number of long balls to 11.
J.P. Stevenson (Hunter River, PEI) got the start and struggled again, as he pitched just 1 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits and six earned runs. Zachary Sloan (Brampton, Ont.) was credited with the win, as he pitched 1 2/3 innings allowed four hits, but kept the Red Foxes off the score sheet. Canisius closerIannick Remillard (Valleyfield, Que.) recorded his team-leading eighth save, as he worked the rest of the way, going 3 1/3 innings allowing four hits and two earned runs, and fanning two.
The Griffs benefitted from a Cyrus Senior (Kirkland, Que.) bases loaded with a single to drive in the first run of the rally. Panas was then hit by a pitch which brought home another run.
Canisius kept it going in the fifth, as Siddall got the inning off to a bang with his 11th homerun of the year. Panas did the rest later in the inning with a grand slam to take the lead.
Remillard came in and helped close the game out as Canisius tallied four more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.