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Paints Climb Back Into First Place with Win Over Miners

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Ryley Preece (Morehead State) and Ben Gbur (Wooster) powered the Chillicothe Paints offense Friday in a 10-1 win over West Virginia.

Preece drove in 5-runs and added his first home run of the summer while Gbur hit his 8th round tripper and added three rbi.

Zach Kendall (Rio Grande) struck out 9 Miners and allowed the lone run on three hits over 6 and a third innings for the win. Drew Wilson (Baldwin Wallace) and Bradley Dunn (Grand Rapids) held West Virginia to one hit while combining for five more K’s.

The fourth straight win propels Chillicothe atop the Prospect League Ohio River Valley Division ahead of Johnstown which suffered an 11-7 loss to the Champion City Kings.

Chillicothe heads to Springfield for a weekend series with Champion City.

Scioto Valley Youth League Celebrates 60 Years

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Opening Day for the Scioto Valley Youth League gets underway Saturday, April 17th with a full day of activities on Sullivan Field at Mary Lou Patton Park.

The SVYL is in their 60th year of operation, having started at the Douglas Avenue diamond in 1961, with the late Ruby Jenkins and Zeb Ginther spearheading a group of men in the effort to get the Scioto Valley Youth League started.

Thousands of children have played in the league over the decades, including many who went on to successful college and even professional sports careers along with others that became leaders themselves in area communities.

There are currently 12 organizations at SVYL, each with three teams that represent three age groups, totaling 36 teams and over 400 kids.

Open Day games get underway at 8:30am on April 17th, with six games on the schedule. Open Day ceremonies will take place between games in the middle of the day.

Scioto Valley Youth League spokesperson Eric Beam says they play games six days per week, and typically wrap up their season and tournaments by the end of June, which is the way the league has scheduled games for the past 60 years.

In recent years, youth softball has been added to the SVYL activities at Mary Lou Patton Park, which over the years has also involved youth football and cheerleading.

Paints Season Pushed Back To July 1st, 2020

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Prospect League announced Wednesday a change in the 2020 schedule resulting in Opening Day moving from May 28 to July 1. 

“The Paints are cautiously optimistic but very hopeful that we will play a revised Prospect League schedule at VA Memorial Stadium this summer,” said Paints managing partner Bryan Wickline. “As a league, we targeted July 1 as Opening Day for the 2020 Season. With teams in five states and varied restrictions and extended stay-at-home orders, we look forward to the day we hear, “Play Ball!”  

The Paints will be taking extra precautions to keep fans, players and staff safe.

“We will certainly abide by our local, state, federal government and health organizations guidelines once we are permitted to host games,” Wickline added. “We will open VA Memorial Stadium as long as the safety and health of our fans, players, staff and umpires is met by the group-gathering guidelines and mandates.” 

Wickline continued, “As a country, this has been a challenge like no other! We look forward to the day when Paints games and VA Memorial stadium can be an outlet to safely gather and celebrate, entertain and cheer – for each other and for America’s favorite pastime – like never before.”

“Numerous American Legion and travel baseball organizations plan to host their games and tournaments this summer at VA Memorial Stadium as soon as they are permitted given Ohio’s gradual reopening. We will host these events as we are able to follow the recommended guidelines when they are played,” said Wickline.

The Paints downtown Gift Shop and Administrative office will reopen to regular business hours beginning Monday, May 18.