SOSA Staff Report
CHILLICOTHE — Now just four games back of Danville in the Prospect League’s East Division, the Chillicothe Paints stayed hot Sunday evening.
The Paints (22-13) swept a doubleheader with Champion City at VA Memorial Stadium in two seven-inning contests … the first of which was rescheduled after Saturday’s rainout.
Chillicothe had little trouble with the visiting Kings in the first contest, taking an early lead and riding it out to a 15-1 victory.
While the Paints won by 14 runs, the Kings actually tallied more hits … winning that margin 11-10. However, Chillicothe hit when it counted.
The Paints scored two in the first inning, another in the third, six in the third, four in the fifth and two in the sixth. Joe Laudont (Grand Valley State) led that charge, finishing 2-for-2 with his first home run of the year alongside a double, four runs scored and three RBIs.
Following Laudont’s lead was Chris Eisel (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), who was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Collin Luty (Northern Kentucky) also chipped in, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and three runs.
Jack Raines (3-1, Baldwin Wallace) picked up the pitching win in six innings of work while one run on nine hits and striking out six.
In the second contest, which featured a much different storyline, the Paints used pitching to get the job done, winning 2-1.
Austin Calopietro (3-1, Toledo) earned the win in 2 2/3 innings of relief, surrendering no runs and just a single hit. Nate Haugh (Toledo) then picked up the save, throwing the ballgame’s final two innings.
At the dish, Cole Andrews (Miami) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Laudont finished 1-for-3 with a run, Trey Smith (Indianapolis) was 1-for-3, and Parker Murdie (Grand Valley State) also had a base hit.
The Paints are back in action Tuesday evening, hosting rival West Virginia at VA Memorial Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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