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Big First Inning Spurs Sox to Win

July 2, 2015 ♦ by Patrick Reddick

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 department—six Paints drew free passes—Chillicothe 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 bottom—six 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.

Sox Split Doubleheader with Richmond

July 1, 2015 ♦ by Aaron Deglau and Drew Nichols

After two of the first three RiverRats reached base Wednesday, Andre Jones induced a groundball double play that began a streak in which he sat down 18 of 19 hitters. The spectacular start led to a BlueSox 5-2 victory.

Eight of the nine BlueSox hitters collected a hit and all nine reached base as everyone in the lineup contributed. David Marcus and Michael Patrick each had two-hit games. Five different players scored runs, while four players had RBIs.

Jones only struck out three, but his defense was stellar behind him. The win was his third in four starts this season. Richmond did not get their runs until two were out in the final frame.

Game Two: Richmond 9, Butler 2

Walks, errors, and timely RiverRat hits led to two big innings for Richmond and allowed them to cruise to a 9-2 win over the BlueSox in game two of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Jon Anderson (2-2) started the game for the BlueSox and kept the Sox in reach throughout his five innings of work. He struggled in the first inning, giving up three runs, but kept Richmond scoreless over the next four innings.

After a two-run home run by David Marcus in the fifth that cut the Richmond's lead to one, the wheels fell off for the BlueSox in the sixth inning. The RiverRat offense produced six runs in the sixth off of five hits. Richmond's Cody Begovich and Aidan McMahon combined for four hits and five RBIs.

With his fifth inning blast, Marcus now leads the Prospect League with four home runs. He extended his hitting streak to eight games and is hitting a remarkable .432 over his last ten games.

The BlueSox will head to Chillicothe on Thursday to begin a two game series against the Paints before returning to the KAP this weekend for a Fourth of July matchup with the Jamestown Jammers. Saturday's game will begin at 7:05 and be sure to stick around after the game for a fireworks show presented by the City of Butler.

Marcus Named Player of the Week

June 29, 2015 ♦ by Patrick Reddick

David Marcus has been named the Prospect League's Player of the Week.

Marcus led the League with 11 hits over the BlueSox recent six-game road trip. The hits included three doubles and a home run. His three round trippers this season are tied for the League lead.

The Cal-U attendee has appeared in every game so far for Butler—his .373 batting average is second in the League. He leads the Sox in runs (13), hits (38), and RBIs (15). He is at the top of the League leaderboards with 23.2 runs created.

Michael McCormick from the Danville Dans was named Pitcher of the Week.

The BlueSox will conclude the first half of the season on Tuesday night at the KAP against the Richmond River Rats. The Knoch Knights baseball team, this years PIAA AAA State champions, will be honored prior to the game.

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