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Game Day: at Champ City

The Sox (15-5) swept their double header yesterday against Champion City (7-14) and look to get the series sweep on Friday night at 7:05pm.

You can listen to the broadcast live here. Once the game starts you can follow pitch-by-pitch updates on Pointstreak.

Sox Prevail After Late Drama, Twice

While those familiar with the Greek philosopher Eubulides's Paradox of the Heap may hesitate to use the term "hot streak," make no mistake about it, the BlueSox are hot.

Butler swept their double header at Champion City in exciting fashion on Thursday, scoring their winning runs in the next-to-last and last inning of each game, to extend their winning streak to seven straight and their lead in the Prospect League East Division to two games.

As they did in the first game, Butler jumped out to a two-run lead early in the second game. Ben Hartz took care of the defense, allowing just one walk and striking out four over 5.2 innings, but the Kings finally broke through in the sixth inning.

They tied the game with three hits and chased Hartz from the game. Tanner Schumacher took over from there, but it made no difference to the Kings who scored yet another run to take the 3-2 lead and force Butler into a tight spot.

Champion City brought in Evan Dunn to replace Luke Mamer, who had settled down after Butler's two runs, on the mound in the seventh. Jeff Revesz singled on the first pitch he threw. Forrest Perron sacrificed Revesz to second—only three players in the League have more sacrifice bunts than Perron this year.

Revesz gave way to a pinch runner in Adam Bleday, who advanced to third base on a passed ball, bringing the tying run within 90 feet. Collin Massanelli drew a walk to put runners on the corners with one out.

Perhaps thinking he would be tired from having pitched in the first game, the Kings intentionally walked Stephen Sada to get to Mick Fennell. The plan backfired. Fennell patiently drew a walk of his own that scored the tying run.

Though he entered the at-bat with two hits in the game, Ryan Hanahan grounded into a fielder's choice that prevented a run from scoring. Cody Herald, however, came through with a two-out, bases clearing double to put Butler ahead. Stuart Levy followed with a double of his own that scored Herald and put an exclamation mark on the day.

Butler's five-run final inning secured the 7-4 win.

His double in the second game was actually Herald's second big double of the day. His two-bagger in the sixth inning of game one drove in Sada, who had singled, to score the winning run. Sada also tripled in the game and catcher Russell Clark singled twice.

After two runs in the third inning, Fennell stayed tough on the mound, allowing just two walks over six innings of work. Austin Ross threw the final frame to pick up his team-leading sixth save of the summer as Butler won the game 3-2.

The Sox will take on Champion City once again on Friday evening before playing yet another double header in Richmond on Saturday. They will return home on Sunday for Butler County Libraries Fireworks Night.

On Deck

Friday, July 25

at Champ City ♦ 7:05pm

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In the Hole

July 26 at Richmond (DH) at 5:05

July 27 vs Champ City at 7:05

July 25 vs Lorain 6:35

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