CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Chillicothe pinch hitter Connor Ashby was walked to drive in what proved to be the game-winning run as the Paints defeated the Johnstown Mill Rats 5-4 in Prospect League action on Sunday.
Mill Rats reliever Josh Cottrill entered the game in the eighth inning, and had runners on first and second with two outs after inducing two popouts, while allowing a walk and a single. Nate Dorinsky reached on an infield single to load the bases.
Ashby was then walked on four pitches to drive in the go-ahead run before Cottrill got Cameron Bowen to flyout to left on the next pitch. Paints reliever Brett Carson struck out the Mill Rats side in order in the ninth to close out the game.
Carson earned the win after throwing three innings without allowing a hit. He walked one and struck out five. Cottrill was tagged with the loss.
The Mill Rats grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Joe Alcorn scored on a wild pitch. The Paints answered with two runs in the bottom half on a Dorinsky single and Mike Sprockett grounding into a fielder’s choice.
Jake Casey put the Mill Rats back in front 3-2 with a two-run home run to center field in the top of the second. Chillicothe scored twice more in the bottom half when Bowen and Santrel Farmer both scored on wild pitches.
Chillicothe held a 4-3 lead until the top of the sixth when Lukas Torres came home on a wild pitch to tie the game. Alcorn, Torres and Casey each tallied two hits for the Mill Rats.
Johnstown (10-14) has the next two days off before hosting Chillicothe on Wednesday at 7 p.m.