SOSA Staff Report
LAFAYETTE — After 17-13 and 5-3 wins over the past two days, the Chillicothe Paints will look for a weekend sweep of the Lafayette Aviators Sunday afternoon at Loeb Stadium.
The Paints (26-14) continue to inch closer to overtaking first place in the Prospect League’s East Division, a spot where the Danville Dans currently sit in. Chillicothe is just two games back.
Over the past two games, the Paints have relied on a career night at the plate from Chris Eisel (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and a pitching gem via Jack Raines (Baldwin Wallace) to get the job done.
On Friday, in the 17-13 victory, Eisel was 4-for-6 and hit for the cycle. He finished the game with four runs and three RBIs alongside his sixth home run of the year.
But he was far from the only roster member to see the ball well as six different players had multiple base hits.
Cody Orr (Tiffin) was 2-for-6 with three runs and an RBI, Gavin Homer (Penn State) went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs, Collin Luty (Northern Kentucky) finished 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, Joe Laudont (Grand Valley State) ended 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, and Justin McIntyre (Western Michigan) ended the day 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.
On Saturday, in the two-run win, Raines (4-1) threw six innings and didn’t surrender a run while allowing just four hits. He also struck out four.
Nate Haugh (Toledo) earned his ninth save, retiring the last batter of the game with a strikeout.
At the plate, Trey Smith (Indianapolis) was 3-for-5 with a triple while Homer finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Orr was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, and Eisel was 1-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Chillicothe, which has now won seven of its last 10, will look for the series sweep at Lafayette today at 3:05 p.m. The Paints then return to VA Memorial Stadium for a matchup with West Virginia at 7:05 p.m, Tuesday evening.
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