Aviators Hang on vs Kings

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Lafayette, IN - The Lafayette Aviators (29-24) held on at Loeb Stadium to beat the Champion City Kings (23-30) 13-12. The Aviators belted four homers in the game, but Champion City scored in seven different innings to keep things interesting.

The Aviators jumped on top early. Trey Sweeney (Eastern Illinois) wasted no time in the first inning and led off the frame with a solo home run. Two batters later, Chris Monroe (Illinois-Springfield) got a hold of a ball and left the yard with a two-run tater. Already with two homers and a 3-0 lead, the Fly Boys weren’t done yet. Zach Schwartzenberger (Toledo) stepped up and railed a low pitch way out to left field to make it 5-0.

The Aviators continued their outstanding bats in the second inning. After Trey Sweeney scored on a wild pitch, Matt Mackey (Eastern Illinois) blasted a three-run homer over the wall in left field. The dinger was Mackey’s eighth of the year, but the Aviators weren’t done in the second inning. The next batter Blake Schmitt (Purdue) lifted a ball to right-center that landed exactly on top of the wall in the outfield and bounced back in play. Schmitt reached third on a triple, and then was hit home along with Zach Schwartzenberger on a Mason Sykes (Wabash Valley) single. Six runs came in during the second inning for Lafayette and the Aviators led the Kings 11-1 after two.

Lafayette put up two more runs in the third inning, including a run from a Chris Monroe double. With the RBI double, Chris “Diesel” Monroe broke the Aviators single-season hits record previously held by Dougie Parks. 73 was the number to beat, and Diesel’s double gave him 74 hits and also 22 doubles on the year. Monroe’s 22nd double was enough to tie Lafayette’s single-season doubles record, also previously held by Parks. After six innings of play, the Aviators led 13-8.

Champion City was able to tack up runs consistently. The Kings scored solitary runs in the second, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh innings. Four runs came in for the Kings in the fifth inning, and three runs came across in the top of the eighth. By the time the bottom of the eighth inning rolled around, the Kings had cut the Aviator lead to 13-12.  

With two outs and the tying run on third base, Jason Decicco (Eastern Illinois) struck out Dawson Degnan to end the game and keep the win.

 

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