Stratford Ideal Supply Indians dropped two games last week to see their record fall to 2-2.
The visiting Guelph Royals trailed 6-5 after two innings, but were able to rally back and post a 13-7 victory.
Stratford starter Cal Ferguson battled nerves in his first career start on the mound, giving up four runs in the first inning before settling in and finishing up with two strikeouts over two innings of work. Reliever Jared Lesouder fanned seven batters over four innings of relief and also paced the Stratford offence with a single, double and triple.
Garrett Culliton and Braeden White added two singles apiece and Jordan Sinclair contributed a double.
Kitchener 6 - Stratford 5
On Monday, May 20, the Major Mosquitos dropped a 6-5 decision to the first-place Kitchener Panthers despite getting solid pitching performances from Lesouder and Keegan McArthur, who combined to strike out 10 Kitchener batters over seven innings.
Indians trailed 3-0 heading into the top of the fifth inning, when a walk, hit batter and Kitchener error helped load the bases for Tyler Gould who smashed a one-out triple to tie the score 3-3. Gould later scored on a groundout to stake the Indians to a 4-3 lead which lasted until the bottom of the inning when Kitchener scored two runs despite not recording a hit.
The sixth inning saw both teams retired three-up, three-down, leading to the dramatic seventh inning which saw Cieran Diebolt lead off the inning with a walk, advance to third on a single by Ethan Zehr and eventually score on a throwing error by the Kitchener shortstop to tie the count 5-5.
That elation, however, was short-lived as Kitchener got a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to chase home the winning run.
Kitchener out-hit Stratford 4-2 in the contest.
Next action for the Major Mosquitos is this Saturday at 12:15 p.m. at Dufferin Park where they are hosting the Jack Grasby Memorial tournament.