Big First Inning Spurs Sox to Win
The BlueSox got the heavy lifting out of the way early on Thursday night, scoring seven runs in the top of the first inning, which allowed them to sit back and let some excellent pitching carry them all the way to a 9-3 victory over the Chillicothe Paints.
A one-out error allowed Matt Hansen to reach base in the first starting a streak of five consecutive Sox reaching base. Allan Hooker provided the only extra base hit of the frame, a two-run double, which was surrounded by six singles and a walk.
Starter Larry Wood kept the Paints at bay with his fourth consecutive quality start. While he struggled in the walks departmentsix Paints drew free passesChillicothe managed just two singles in Wood's six innings on the mound. He tied his season high with a half dozen strikeouts.
Cody Jackson threw a scoreless inning of relief, tying him for the most appearances by a Sox pitcher with 12. He has surrendered just three runs over 18.1 innings with just two walks and 12 Ks this summer. Jamie Switalski closed things out with a pair of 1-2-3 innings. Chillicothe had just three total hits on the night.
Butler's offense continued to be a threat from top to bottomsix players both scored and drove in at least one run. Ty White became the first Sox hitter to have four hits in a single game this year, including a leadoff triple in the fifth. He scored a pair of runs and drove in Hansen as part of the big first inning rally. The BlueSox finished with 13 hits.
The BlueSox will take on the Paints again on Friday night, before returning home to face the Jamestown Jammers on the Fourth of July at the KAP. A large crowd is expected for the game, which will be followed by the City of Butler's fireworks show.