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Derrick Webb

Derrick is SOSA's chief content coordinator and has worked for the Chillicothe Gazette, the Portsmouth Daily Times and Eleven Warriors. He's a 13-time award-winning journalist, a self-proclaimed baseball purist, a suffering Bengals fan and has never met a stranger.

Andrews leads Paints to fourth straight win in victory over West Virginia

The Chillicothe Paints won their fourth straight game Tuesday evening, topping West Virginia at VA Memorial Stadium.

SOSA Staff Report

CHILLICOTHE — While WKKJ provided the postgame fireworks Tuesday evening, Cole Andrews (Miami) provided the same in between the lines.

Andrews gave the Paints (19-11) an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and the group never looked back in a 4-1 win over the West Virginia Miners … the team’s fourth straight win.

After Andrews’ RBI single, he scored on a base hit off the bat of Collin Luty (Northern Kentucky). On the same play, Trey Smith (University of Indianapolis) scampered home on an error, putting the Paints up 3-0.

That’s all they’d need to nail down a win, especially with the way starter Zach Kendall (3-0, Rio Grande) was pitching. Kendall threw 6 2/3 innings, surrendering just one earned run on three hits while whiffing seven.

“I had a lot of trust in my defense, knowing they’d back me up,” Kendall said. “I mixed my pitches pretty well and was able to record a good number of strikeouts.”

Austin Calopietro (Toledo) nailed down a save in 2 1/3 innings of work, allowing just one hit.

The Paints’ final run came in the bottom of the sixth when Andrews turned on a 2-2 pitch, sending a solo home run sailing over the wall. The homer was Andrews’ seventh long ball this year. He now has 35 RBIs this summer.

“West Virginia’s pitcher was throwing a lot of off-speed stuff, so I sat on that pitch instead of the fastball,” Andrews said. “I knew I’d get the pitch again and I caught it on the barrel.”

Andrews finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs while Luty finished 1-for-4 with an RBI. Ethan Hajdukovic (Western Michigan) was 2-for-3 at the dish and Gavin Homer (Penn State) was 1-for-4 with a double and a run.

Chillicothe will look for its fifth straight win Wednesday evening as they travel to West Virginia for Game 3 of a four-game series. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.

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