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Paints Win Fourth Straight, Beat Miners 17-6

June 15, 2019 - Prospect League (Prospect) - Chillicothe Paints News Release

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - The Chillicothe Paints, presented by Adena Health System, erased an early six-run deficit and scored the final 17 runs of the game to beat the visiting West Virginia Miners 17-6 Friday night at VA Memorial Stadium.

West Virginia (4-10) hit three home runs in the second inning and a Jonathan Pasillas hit his second of the game in the third to give the Miners an early 6-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third, the Paints' (6-7) offense went to work. Chris Eisel started the inning with a triple. Cody Orr followed with his first home run of the season, cutting the West Virginia lead to 6-2. After the next two batters were retired, Cole Andrews doubled and Gavin Homer walked, they both scored on a Collin Luty double to get the Paints within two at 6-4. Joe Laudont then singled home Luty, making it a 6-5 ballgame.

Orr led off the bottom of the fourth for Chillicothe and beat out an infield single to the shortstop and stole second base. Trey Smith followed with an infield hit to second base. Andrews then tripled to center field to bring home Orr and Smith, giving the Paints their first lead at 7-6. Two batters later, Luty hit a two-run home run to make it a 9-6 lead for the Paints.

Luty homered again in the sixth, a three-run home run that also brought home Andrews and Homer, extending the Paints' lead to 12-6 and giving Luty his seventh RBI of the night. After Laudont doubled later in the inning, Ethan Hajdukovic hit his first home run of the year, a towering blast into the trees beyond the right-field wall, making it 14-6 Chillicothe.

Eisel singled to lead off the eighth for Chillicothe and Charlie Patrick walked. Eisel scored on an error by the centerfielder, who misplayed a deep fly ball by Andrew Bacon, allowing Patrick to go to third and Bacon to second. Smith singled to right field, scoring Patrick. Bacon scored on a passed ball to cap the scoring with the Paints in front 17-6.

Mitch Milheim (1-0), from The Ohio State University, made his season debut for the Paints, earning the win in relief. The left-hander threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits and striking out five in the process.

Luty finished the night 3-for-4 with 7 RBIs on a double and two home runs. He also scored three times. Andrews and Laudont joined Luty with three hits on the night, Andrews scored three times as well. Orr, Bacon, Smith, Homer and Eisel each collected two hits in the game.

The Paints hit five doubles, two triples and four home runs for a total of 11 extra-base hits in the game, tying a season-high set the night before in Terre Haute. The four home runs is a season high, as well as the 20 hits the Paints collected on the night.

In the Paints' last three games, they've won 17-0 vs Champion City, 19-5 at Terre Haute and 17-6 vs West Virginia.

The Paints are home again Saturday night against West Virginia at 7:05 p.m. It's the first "Party with the Paints" of the season, sponsored by Budweiser. Immediately following the game, Ben True and the Basement Collective will be playing live on the deck.

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