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Paints Win & Johnstown Loss Lifts Chillicothe To Prospect League Playoff Berth

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The Chillicothe Paints wrapped up a Prospect League Playoff berth Wednesday with a 13-3 regular season finale win over West Virginia, coupled with a Johnstown Mill Rats 12-6 loss to Champion City.

The Paints needed that combination to gain the post-season slot.

Chillicothe scored a total of 30 runs in their two-game series at West Virginia, winning 17-8 on Tuesday and 13-3 Wednesday.

Johnstown lost two of three games to Champion City to conclude the regular season, knocking the Mill Rats out of the playoff equation as the Paints finished red-hot in their final week of the season.

The Paints scored single runs in the first and second innings, three runs in the third, then added four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to role up the 10 run rule win.

The Paints had 14 hits against the Miners, committing one error. West Virginia had 5 hits and 3 errors.

Trey Maeker led the Chillicothe offense with two hits and four RBI’s against WV on Wednesday. Alex Ludwick, Nathan Karaffa and Jackson Feltner each had two hits and two RBI’s.

Chillicothe, the second half Ohio River Valley champ, will play first half winner Champion City in the Eastern Conference Division Championship, Thursday August 5th. Champion City will host Thursday’s game in Springfield, Ohio.

The Divisional Championship Round consists of one winner-take-all game between the winner of the first half in each division and the division’s second-half winner. Division Championship games will take place August 5.

The winners of the divisional games advance to the Conference Championship Round. Again, this is a one-game, winner-take-all game between the two winners of the division championship games in the Eastern Conference and the two division championship game winners in the Western Conference. These games will take place August 7.

The Eastern and Western Conference champions play each other in the best-of-three Prospect League Championship Series. Game one is August 9, hosted by the team with the lesser regular-season record. After a travel day, game two is August 11, hosted by the team with the better regular-season record. If necessary, game three will take place August 12, at the same stadium as game two.

Paints Sweep Kings for 6th Straight Win

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Chillicothe outscored Champion City 12-11 Sunday to finish a weekend road sweep of the Kings.

The Paints snapped a 2-2 tie with a six-run third inning, but their 8-2 lead was short lived as Champion City answered with 4 more runs in the home half of the inning.

The teams entered the 9th tied at 9-all when Chillicothe scored three times for a 12-9 advantage. Rueben Ramierez (Point Park) yielded two runs by the Kings before managing to get out of trouble and preserve the win.

Ben Gbur (Wooster) smacked his ninth home run of the season while Alex Ludwick (Baldwin Wallace) and Will Spear (Indianapolis) drove in three runs each. Spear had a two-run double in the 9th to give the Paints the necessary cushion to nail down the victory.

It’s the sixth straight win for the Paints who head to Lafayette for a three-game series with the Aviators. Lafayette owns the best record in the Prospect League this summer, but is 5-5 in their last ten games while Chillicothe is 9-1 in the same stretch. The Aviators were nipped by Burlington Sunday 4-3.

Paints Score 9-Runs in 9th to beat the Kings 13-2

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After five scoreless innings in Springfield Saturday night, the Paints turned a 2-1 lead into a 13-2 victory over Champion City.

Kent Reeser (Rio Grande) broke the ice for the Paints with a two run homer in the 6th. It was the first of four two-run home runs on the night for Chillicothe which smashed five homers on the night.

Chillicothe took a 4-1 lead into their final at bat, then erupted for a nine-run night-inning.

The Paints hit four home runs in the 9th inning. Alex Ludwick (Baldwin Wallace) got the fireworks started after Ryley Preece (Morehead State) drew a lead off walk. Ludwick knocked his third homer of the season. Reeser singled and Issac Blair (Indianapolis) followed with another two-run shot. Then, Nathan Karaffa (Ohio State) singled and Trey Maeker (Forham) socked the third two-run shot of the inning. Jackson Feltner (Morehead State) drilled a solo round tripper. Before the Kings could get out of the frame, Preece walked for a second time in the inning, Ludwick followed with a single and Reeser drilled a triple to bring the two home.  

Dane Armbrustmacher (Western Michigna) had a solid pitching performance, striking out six, yielding one run on five hits over seven-innings of work. Three relievers finished from the mound. Marshall Pile (Charleston) and Ruben Ramierez (Point Park) worked a scoreless eight and Ludwick pitched the 9th closing it out with two hits and a run.

It’s the 15th time the Paints have scored more than 10-runs in a game this season and the 14th time since June 19th.

The two clubs play again Sunday afternoon in Springfield.

The division leading Paints maintain a half-game lead over Johnstown who scored a 7-5 win over West Virginia.

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.

Paints Blast Miners 14-4 at VA Memorial Stadium

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Kent Reeser (Rio Grande) and Nathan Karaffa (Ohio State) combined for seven runs batted in as the Paints scored a 14-4 victory over West Virginia Thursday night.

The Miners grabbed a 4-2 lead by plating three runs in the 3rd-inning. Chillicothe put together a 6-run 4th and never looked back.

Mitch Milheim (Ohio State) earned the win for Chillicothe.

First place Johnstown edged Champion City 3-1 and maintain a half-game lead over the Paints in the Prospect League Ohio Valley Division.

Chillicothe hits the road for the next six games, not returning to the Stadium until July 30th. The Paints will face West Virginia Friday and visit Champion City Saturday and Sunday. Following a Monday off, they’ll play a three game set in Lafayette with the Aviators Tuesday through Thursday next week.


Paints pitcher Justin Deifenbach (Kean) and Terre Haute’s Kaleb Hannahs share Prospect League Player of the Week honors for the week. Diefenbach pitched a complete game Saturday, striking out five Danville batters, walking one and limiting the Dans to three hits.

Hannahs hit .555, 5 Runs, 8 Hits, 2 Doubles, and 3 RBIs for the week.

Paints Win 4th Straight, blanking Danville 10-0

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Chillicothe has evened its second half mark at 8-8 by taking their fourth consecutive win with a 10-0 decision over Danville Saturday at VA Memorial Stadium.

The Paints carried a 2-0 lead into the home 7th inning and erupted for 8 runs in the frame to seal the victory.

After two walks to opening the 7th, Chillicothe got a two run single by Alex Ludwick to expand the Paints’ lead to 4-0 . Kent Resser reached on an error while two more Paints crossed the plate. Ben Gbur drove in Ludwick and Reeser to go up 6-0. Jackson Feltner worked a walk to load the bases. Colin Summerhill cleared the bases with a double tallying three more runs. Summerhill would eventually score no a wild pitch spelling defeat for the Dans.

Chillicothe’s Justin Diefenbach limited Danville to three hits to earn the win. Diefenbach is 2-4 on the season.

The win keeps Chillicothe within 1.5 games of divisional leader Johnstown.

Chillicothe wraps up its 5-game home stand with a Sunday afternoon battle with Danville. Gates open at 5:05pm with the first pitch at 6:05pm for Kid’s Day. Kids 12 and under are admitted to the game for free.

Win Streak Halted At 13 For Chillicothe Paints

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The Chillicothe Paints saw their Prospect League record tying win streak halted at 13, losing 6-2 at Champion City, Sunday.

The Kings scored all the runs they would need in the home first inning, plating three runs. The Paints cut the lead to 3-2, scoring single runs in the second and third innings.

Champion City put the game out of reach in the sixth inning, scoring another three runs for a 6-2 lead, which became the eventual final score.

Chillicothe out-hit Champion City 10-9, but the Kings took advantage of their run scoring opportunities.

The loss was the Paints first in the second half of the season, now making them (3-1/20-13).

Paints Extend Win Streak To 13 Straight

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The Chillicothe Paints have tied the Prospect League record for most consecutive wins at 13, rallying to beat Champion City 7-6, Saturday at V.A. Memorial Stadium.

The Kings built a 6-0 lead after their first two at-bats, but the Paints answered with a run in the second inning, four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Chillicothe’s bullpen held Champion City scoreless over the final 7 innings of the game.

Five different Paints players drove-in runs for the game.

Chillicothe improves to (20-12) overall for the season and is now (3-0) in the East-Ohio Valley Division for the season’s “second half”, which they need to win to gain a post-season berth, unless they finish runner-up to the Kings, who won the first-half division title.

Paints Break Franchise Record For Consecutive Wins

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(SPRINGFIELD) – The Chillicothe Paints, presented by Adena Health System, extended their franchise record win streak to 12 games Friday night at Springfield’s Carleton Davidson Stadium, beating the Champion City Kings 12-5.

The Prospect League record for consecutive wins is 13, which Chillicothe can tie at home, Saturday night.

Chillicothe (2-0, 19-12) scored the first two runs of the game in the top of the second inning. Nathan Rose and Ben Gbur singled, putting runners on the corners. Isaac Bair and Nathan Karaffa both hit run-scoring groundouts, giving the Paints a 2-0 lead.

Champion City (0-2, 17-14) got one back in the bottom of the second, as Bo Seccombe hit a solo home run, making it 2-1.

After the first two batters of the top of the third were retired for the Paints, Colin Summerhill doubled, scoring on a two-run home run by Kent Reeser. Rose, Gbur and Bair followed with singles, Bair’s drove home Rose, making it 5-1. After a walk to Karaffa, loading the bases, Trey Maeker walked, scoring Gbur and extending the Paints’ lead to 6-1.

Champion City clawed back with a run-each in the third, fourth and sixth innings, cutting the Paints’ lead to 6-4.

Bair singled with one out in the top of the seventh, coming home on a two-run home run from Maeker, giving Chillicothe an 8-4 advantage. Jimmy Allen then hit a triple to right field, popping up from a slide after an errant throw and scoring to make it 9-4.

Gbur collected his fourth hit of the night in the top of the eighth, a two-run home run, making it 11-4 in favor of Chillicothe.

After the Kings got one back in the bottom of the eighth, the Paints added another in the ninth. Jackson Feltner reached base after being hit by a pitch, scoring later in the inning on Reeser’s RBI single, finishing the scoring with Chillicothe in front 12-5.

Zach Kendall (1-1) earned the win for the Paints. The right-hander pitched five innings, allowing three runs, two earned on eight hits, walking one and striking out seven. Dane Armbrustmacher tossed 2 2/3 innings in relief, allowing two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out five. Ruben Ramirez pitches a one-two-three inning for the Paints in the ninth.

Gbur ended the night 4-for-5 with a double, a two-run home run, three runs scored and two RBIs. Reeser, Rose and Bair had two hits each. Reeser and Maeker each homered and drove in three on the night. Allen, Summerhill and Maeker had one hit each, Maeker’s was a two-run home run, he collected three RBI’s on the night.

The Paints return to VA Memorial Stadium to host the Kings at 7:05 p.m. After the game, the Paints will have an Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza sponsored by 94 Country WKKJ.

Record Night Sends Paints To 30-2 Win Over Rex

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The Chillicothe Paints offense had only one scoreless inning, but still managed to crush the Terre Haute Rex 30-2 in Prospect League Baseball, Saturday night.

The Paints scored a single run in the first inning, but scored 13 times in the second, scoreless in the third, but then added 8 in the fourth, and 4 runs in both the fifth and six innings for the 30-2 victory, which is their seventh straight win.

Ben Gbur & Kent Reeser both hit Grand Slam homers and Isaac Bair added a 3-run round-tripper. Reeser had a total of six RBI’s.

Matt Dockman tossed a complete game, but yielded 10 hits.

The 30 run game tied a Paints single game record set in 2012.