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Smith’s grand slam highlights Chillicothe’s win over Terre Haute as Paints snap four-game skid

Derrick Webb, Staff Writer

CHILLICOTHE — At some point, Chillicothe’s bats had to awaken. Thursday happened to be the night they decided to do so.

And, they got a little help along the way.

Chillicothe’s Cody Orr was 3-for-4 in Thursday’s 10-3 win over Terre Haute at VA Memorial Stadium.
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In the third of a four-game series against Terre Haute, the Paints (2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over the REX — using 10 hits, multiple free bases, and four Terre Haute errors to do so.

“It feels great,” Chillicothe’s Trey Smith said of the win. “We finally got to string a few hits together, got some guys on, moved some guys over .. really good situational hitting I thought.”

Chillicothe took a one-run lead in the bottom of the first inning when Colin Shepherd (Miami) crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Cole Andrews (Miami).

But in the top of the second, Terre Haute provided a quick answer and took a 2-1 lead, scoring twice on RBI singles via Brendan Sher and AJ Fritz.

Chillicothe tied the game 2-2 in the third after Cody Orr (Tiffin) singled in Shepherd, who tripled to lead off the frame. The REX (4-3) went back on top, 3-2, in the fifth when Carter Bridge grounded into a fielder’s choice.

However, in the bottom of the fifth, the Paints took advantage of two costly Terre Haute miscues.

After Charlie Patrick (DePauw) was hit by a pitch, Parker Murdie (Grand Valley State) advanced on a sacrifice bunt that turned into a throwing error. With no outs and two on, Shepherd knocked in a run with what would’ve been a fielder’s choice. But another throwing error allowed both Patrick and Murdie to cross the plate, handing the Paints a 4-3 lead.

Later in the same inning, with the bases loaded and just one out, Trey Smith (University of Indianapolis) sent a high, fly ball into the trees past the left field fence, giving Chillicothe an 8-3 advantage … a five-run hole Terre Haute ultimately failed to climb out of.

The grand slam was Smith’s first home run of the season. It also gives him a team-leading nine RBIs through seven games.

Chillicothe’s Collin Hoffman delivers a pitch in the first inning of Thursday’s win.
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“I went 3-0 [in the count] and I looked at [Paints coach Brian] Bigam and was hoping to get the green light,” Smith said. “He didn’t give it to me. That’s why I had the big leg kick to let him know I was on it. Next pitch, I knew he was going to be coming back with the fastball so I geared up for it and really tried to get the good part of the barrel on it. It just went after that.”

In the sixth, Chillicothe extended the lead to 9-3 when Orr tripled in Shepherd, the centerfielder’s third hit of the evening. Orr then scored, making it 10-3, on a wild pitch later in the frame to round out the final.

On the hill, Collin Hoffmann (Otterbein) picked up his first win of the year. Hoffmann (1-1) threw five innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and striking out a pair.

At the dish, Shepherd was 2-for-5 with three runs and an RBI while Orr finished 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs and two RBIs. Smith ended 1-for-4 with the grand slam.

The Paints are back in action Friday evening, traveling to Terre Haute for the series finale. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

To find news, updates, and more information about the Paints, be sure to visit chillicothepaints.com.

About 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.
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