Paints outlast Mill Rats 4-1 in extra innings

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Chillicothe Paints tallied three runs in the top of the 10th inning to break a 1-all tie and defeat the Johnstown Mill Rats 4-1 in a Prospect League matchup on Friday night.

With one out, pinch hitter Jeron Williams reached first base on an error and was later brought home by a Nate Dorinsky single to give the Paints a 2-1 lead. Ben Gbur followed with a two-run single to give Chillicothe its two insurance runs.

Johnstown threatened with runners on second and third with one out in the bottom half, but Nick Lallathin induced a strikeout and a groundout to end the game. 

Lallathin earned the win after throwing 3 ⅔ innings of scoreless relief, giving up just two hits while walking one and striking out three. Johnstown reliever Sean Furlong was given the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits over four innings. Furlong walked one and struck out three.

The game’s starters Matthew Benton of Johnstown and Chillicothe’s Gunnar Boehm turned the contest into a pitcher’s duel, keeping the game scoreless until the top of the sixth.

Tim Orr drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single, giving the Paints a 1-0 advantage. The Mill Rats answered right back in the bottom half, tying the game when Jake Casey trotted home after Matt Santarelli stole second.

Casey and Lucas Torres topped the Mill Rats with two hits apiece. Dorinsky and Gbur each had two hits for the Paints.

Boehm finished throwing 6 ⅓ innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven. Benton fanned three batters over six innings while allowing one run on four hits.

Johnstown (4-5) hosts Chillicothe (4-3) in a doubleheader on Saturday, with Game 1 set to start at 5 p.m.