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Five in a Row for Aviators

June 16, 2019 - Prospect League (Prospect) - Lafayette Aviators News Release

The Aviators jumped on the Sliders really quickly. In the first inning Trey Sweeney (Eastern Illinois) rocked a lead-off homerun to greet Springfield starting pitcher Jared Beck. It was Sweeney's first tater of the season.

Following the Sweeney homer, the seven-foot tall Beck struggled to find the zone and walked two consecutive Aviators. With two men on, Brent Todys (Ohio State) drove a ball to left for a single that scored Chris Monroe (Illinois Springfield) from third. Next up with the bases loaded, Zach Heeke (Central Michigan) dribbled a ball up the middle that the Springfield second basemen misplayed to allow the third run of the first inning to score. Tyler Powers (Purdue) then hit a two-run single to left. With the score at 5-0, a dropped third strike from Springfield allowed the sixth Lafayette run to come across.

Not satisfied at six, the Aviators plated their seventh run thanks to a Trey Sweeney ground ball to score Powers from third. As if seven wasn't enough, Chris Monroe and Braedon Blackford (Illinois State) singled and tripled respectively to score two more runs for Lafayette. At the end of the top of the first inning, the Aviators led the Sliders 9-0.

Chase Phelps (Purdue Fort Wayne) gave his Lafayette Aviators a solid start on the mound. The Fort Wayne native went five strong innings and only allowed five hits and one earned run. The Aviator starter notched five strikeouts.

In the fourth inning, the Lafayette lineup struck again. Mason Sykes (Wabash Valley), Matt Mackey (Eastern Illinois), Trey Sweeney, Chris Monroe, and Braedon Blackford pieced together five consecutive hits to score five runs for the Aviators. After four innings of play, the Aviators led 14-2.

The torrent of runs continued in the fifth inning when Trey Sweeney and Chris Monroe strung together a single and a double. Four more runs came across the plate with those two swings, putting the tally at 18-2. Monroe was subbed out in the middle innings and finished the day three for four with five RBI. Entering Sunday's game, Chris Monroe led the Prospect League in hits (27) and at-bats (67). The Illinois Springfield first baseman has now recorded a hit in 14 straight games and has nine multi-hit games to his name.

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