Barnstormers win first game

CHATHAM – The Chatham-Kent Barnstormers’ debut was a success.

The Intercounty Baseball League’s newest team opened with a 5-3 win Saturday over Kitchener at Fergie Jenkins Field.

Chatham starting pitcher Aden Ryan (1-0) threw five scoreless innings to earn the win. He scattered four hits and fanned five. Robert Mackie allowed a run on a hit and a walk but worked out of a ninth-inning jam to get the save.

Seth Strong hit the Barnstormers’ first-ever home run, a solo shot to open the scoring in the fourth inning. Spencer Marcus also went deep with the bases empty. Sillett had two hits and two RBI, and Daniel Battel went 2-for-4.

Yunior Iberra and Spencer Voisin both picked up a pair of hits for the Panthers (0-2). Nolan Misa, Stephen Whalen and Luke Murray drove in the Panthers’ runs.

Jose Vasquez (0-1) took the loss, yielding four runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.