The Chillicothe Paints took three of four games from West Virginia Miners after starting the season with a win over Champion City, Thursday night.
MONDAY, JUNE 6
The game scheduled for Monday, June 6 was postponed.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
The Paints avenged their loss to the Miners Saturday night with a 11-4 win Sunday afternoon in Beckley.
Brandon Bergert got the start for the Paints, leaving with a no-decision after allowing two runs on four hits over three innings. Nick Lallathin got the win in relief, allowing two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out five in six innings of work.
The Miners scored a pair of runs in the third inning to break a scoreless tie. Kevin Shea drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on a single by Josh Griffin. Griffin made it 2-0, scoring on a double by Alex Christie.
Chillicothe, who had been held hitless, opened the top of the fourth with five consecutive singles from Tim Orr, Kade Wroot, Mike Sprickett, Connor Ashby and Hunter Klotz. The first four scored, putting the Paints up 4-2, a lead they never relinquished.
Orr began a rally in the fifth with a double and later scored on a double two batters later by Wroot. Wroot stole third, scoring on a throwing error, pushing the Paints’ lead to 6-0.
In the eighth frame, Brett Hilsheimer and Cameron Bowen starred off with back-to-back walks. Santrel Farmer singled, scoring Hilsheimer. Two batters later, a double steal allowed Bowen to score from third. Orr followed with his second double of the day, brining in Farmer. Sprockett followed suit to score Orr and Wroot and give the Paints an 11-2 lead.
West Virginia was able to score twice in the ninth inning, Devin Hooper doubled home Hayden Skipper, then Shea, who singled earlier, scored on a wild pitch to finish the scoring.
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
The Paints fell in their first road game of the year, taking a 10-8 loss in Beckley.
Chillicothe wasted no no time scoring, with two runs in the first inning. Santrel Farmer leadoff the rally with a bunt single, Josh McAlister drew a walk and after a double-steal, the Paints had runners at second and third with no outs, Jeron Williams hit a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing home Farmer for the game’s first run. Tim Orr knocked home McAlister on a single, making it 2-0.
West Virginia answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, The Miners had two hits in the inning and capitalized on three walks to knot the game.
The Paints used some two-out thunder to retake the lead in the second inning. With two down, Cameron Bowen reached on an infield single, then stole second, scoring on Farmer’s second hit of the night.
Once again, the lead was short lived. The Miners scored five runs on four hits and used one Paints error, to take a 7-3 lead. The lead grew, to 9-3, with a pair of runs in the fourth inning off a two-run Zach Doss double.
The Paints weren’t going away quietly. The Paints cut the lead to one with a five-run inning. Farmer collected his third hit of the game, a triple, and scored on a ball put in play by McAlister, who reached on an error. Then the Paints generated some more two-out thunder. Tim Orr walked. Kade Wroot doubled, scoring McAlister and Orr. Wroot then scored on an RBI single from Mike Sprockett, making it a 9-8 ballgame.
That would be as close as the Paints would get.
West Virginia grabbed an insurance run in the sixth inning on a two-out wild pitch to make the final margin of 10-8.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3
The first contest with the Miners was a back and forth affair with the Paints pulling out a , 12-7, win. The Paints scored a pair of runs in the second inning, with a Josh McAlister RBI single and another run scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Nate Dorinsky.
The Paints busted the game wide open with a five-run fifth inning, including a three-run blast by Trey Pancake to make the score 7-0.
After cutting the lead to 7-1 in the sixth fame, the Miners stormed back in the seventh inning. The Miners utilized four hits and a trio of Chillicothe errors to engineer a six-run inning and knot the game at 7 -7.
The Paints used the long ball to get back on top in a five-run bottom half of the seventh inning. Tim Orr crushed a three-run home run to put the Paints up 12-7.
Pitcher Seth Evans shut down the Miners for the last two innings to give Chiliicothe the win.