Mill Rats streak ends

Six-game winning streak ends with run rule loss

By Brock Owens

For The Johnstown Mill Rats

The Chillicothe Paints [4-5 second half record, 21-17 overall] ended the Johnstown Mill Rats [6-3, 13-25] six-game winning streak with a 19-7 run rule victory in seven innings on Saturday night.

In response to the win streak being snapped, Mill Rats manager Parker Lynn said, “The great thing is we get to start another one, and that’s our goal.”

After Chillicothe scored a run in the top of the first inning, Damian Yenzi hit a leadoff home run. Then Ben Newbert hit a two-run home run to give the Mill Rats a 3-1 lead.

The Paints answered with a four-run second inning and pushed two more across the plate in the fourth inning to give Chillicothe a 7-3 lead.

Johnstown fought back in the fourth and put up four runs of its own to tie the game back up. Andre Good drove in the first two runs in the inning with a bases loaded double. Yenzi singled to drive in two more.

Just when it seemed Johnstown had all the momentum, Chillicothe fired back with six runs in the fifth inning. In the following inning, the Paints added another five runs. Chillicothe scored one final run to finish off the game in the seventh inning.

“In the field we just have to stay mentally tough as best as we can in those situations and try to string together runs at the plate as best as we can,” Lynn said.

Johnstown travels to play West Virginia Tuesday night at 6:35. The Mill Rats are back home this Wednesday, July 14 at 7 pm for the first of three straight games against Lafayette.

Full breakdown of the game here: