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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Lafayette, IN - The Lafayette Aviators (30-24) outpaced the Champion City Kings (23-31) 11-6 on Thursday at Loeb despite being out-hit 14-8 in the game.

On Wednesday night, Chris Monroe (Illinois-Springfield) set a new Aviators single-season hits record. On Thursday night, Monroe led off the scoring with a two-run home run to opposite field. The dinger was Diesel’s fifth of the season and gave the Aviators a 2-0 lead after the first inning.

With two men on base in the bottom of the second, Trey Sweeney (Eastern Illinois) poked a ball through the right side of the infield to score Nick Mayerhofer (Illinois-Springfield) and give Lafayette a 3-1 edge.

In the third inning Miles Simington (Purdue) flew a sac fly out to left field to score Braedon Blacford (Illinois State). After Lafayette took a 4-1 lead, Champion City tacked on one run in the fourth and then two more runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game at 4-4.

Lafayette cracked the tie in the bottom of the seventh inning with a triple from Blake Schmitt (Purdue). Champion City’s centerfielder Chase Carney lost Schmitt’s ball in the lights near the wall and let it fall harmlessly on the warning track. The hit scored Chris Monroe from third and put the Aviators up 5-4. Schmitt would go on to score later in the inning on the passed ball to add an insurance run for Lafayette.

Up 6-5 in the top of the eighth, Mason Sykes (Wabash Valley) doubled to score Miles Simington. Four batters later, Sykes and Zach Schwartzenberger (Toledo) both scored on a dropped fly ball in left field, making the score 9-5. The next Aviator, Matt Mackey (Eastern Illinois), decided to add two more to the Lafayette total and crushed his ninth homer of the year over the left field wall.

Lafayette put up 11 runs, but they only needed seven to top Champion City. The Aviators swept the series against the Kings and take on Danville for a doubleheader on Friday.

 

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