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REX Baseball Hits a Few Bumps in the Road

After a hot start to the season the REX have started to cool off considerably. Over their last nine games they have a record of two wins and seven losses. They currently have a record of 10-11 after an 8-4 start. The REX will need to turn it around quickly as they are currently fifth in the east and three games out of second place.

On June 17 the REX played a double header against the Hannibal Hoots. The REX could not get anything going on offense as they dropped the first game of the double-header. They were only able to muster one run in the seventh inning when third baseman Brendan Sher scored on a passed ball. Pitcher Foster Anshutz was handed the loss for the REX. Game two of the double-header was a different story as the REX shutout the Hoots and were able to get the win 3-0. Shortstop Ethan Hunter was able to score in the first on a single by Ross Indlecoffer. Then, center fielder Justin Jenkins hit a home run in the third. Jenkins also scored in the seventh on a play that had errors by both the pitcher and by the first baseman. The winning pitcher for the REX was Colten Panaranto.

Pitcher Colten Panaranto in an earlier game this season. Photo Courtesy of Brian Williams.

On June 18 the REX played the Cape Catfish and again failed to get anything going on offense. They were able to score one in the top of the ninth when designated hitter Austin Weiler knocked in center fielder Mitchell Garrity on an RBI double. The pitching failed to find its stride as well, giving up six runs to the Catfish. The REX fell to the Catfish 6-1. Pitcher Garrett Welch was handed the loss.

The June 19 game against the Lafayette Aviators was postponed due to weather. It will now be on July 6 with a double-header against the Aviators at Bob Warn Field. The game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the gates will open at 4:30 p.m. One ticket will get you into both games!

After the weather postponed the June 19 game the REX were back in action on June 20. They ran into the buzzsaw that was the Chillicothe Paints who had won eight games in a row. The REX played the Paints in a three games series: two away games and one home game. The REX dropped the first game to the Paints 4-2. They were able to score one run in the third on an RBI single by center fielder Jenkins that knocked in left fielder Garrity. Right fielder Aaron Beck was able to score in the seventh on an RBI by Garrity. Pitcher Braydon Tucker was given the loss for the REX.

Justin Jenkins takes a big swing in a gamer earlier this season. Photo Courtesy of Brian Williams.

Things did not get any better for the REX the next night against the Paints as they were again only able to score two runs while the Paints put up six runs. The REX did not score until the eighth inning when both catcher Mason Speirs and third baseman Brayden Frazier had RBIs. The losing pitcher for the REX was Blayke Cutts.

The REX traveled back to Bob Warn Field on June 22 to have the final game of the series against the Paints. The REX were able to keep the game close, but the Paints were still able to win their eleventh game in a row by defeating the REX 3-2. The REX gave up all three runs to the Paints in the third and attempted to make a comeback late in the game. They scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh on RBIs by first baseman Weiler and shortstop Brendan Sher, but were unable to complete the comeback.

Austin Weiler running off of the field after the REX closed out an inning. Photo Courtesy of Brian Williams.

The REX finished the week with Kings making their first visit to the Wabash Valley this season. In the bottom of the third second baseman Hunter scored on a triple by right fielder Beck. Beck went on to score on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Ross Indlecoffer. In the bottom of the seventh Indlecoffer hit a three-run home run that also scored Beck and Hunter. Then in the bottom of the eighth inning catcher Speirs scored on a sacrifice fly by Ethan Hunter. This was followed by an RBI single by center fielder Garrity that scored left fielder Carter Bridge. Garrity then scored when the Kings’ Pitcher Kole Newman walked first baseman Weiler with bases loaded. After the eighth inning the game was called due to weather and the REX broke their four game losing streaking by defeating the Kings 8-5. Pitcher Colten Panaranto was awarded the win for the REX.

Be sure to come out to Bob Warn Field tonight for the double-header against the West Virginia Miners as the REX try to get two more wins to take their win total over the .500 mark! The game starts at 5:30 p.m. and the gates open at 4:30 p.m. There will be a thirty minute break in the action between games. REX Baseball looks forward to seeing you tonight REX Nation!

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