REX drop doubleheader to the Aviators
Yesterday, the REX headed into the doubleheader against the Lafayette Aviators looking to take over not only first place in the Wabash River Division, but also in the league. On Saturday, Wabash Valley’s Own were leading the Aviators 2-1 in the bottom of the third before the game was postponed due to lightning. The Aviators looked to continue their dominance of the league as they entered Sunday night with a 10-4 record.
Game one started well for the REX. First baseman Rob Weissheier hit a two-run home run over the right field wall to give the REX an early 2-0 lead. It was his fourth home run in five days. Weissheier is now tied for second in the league in home runs with five. After four inning the REX led 4-1, but the Aviators took the lead for good with a four run fifth inning. The REX dropped the first game of the doubleheader to the Aviators by a score of 6-5.
Head coach A.J. Reed walking off the mound after talking to pitcher Benji Downs. Photo Courtesy of Brian Williams.
Game two did not go much better for the REX. The Aviators’ right fielder Carlos Contreras gave Lafayette an early lead with a solo home run in the top of the second. The Aviators added two more in the top of the fifth to give themselves a 3-0 lead. REX Left fielder Alec Brunson saved a grand slam with a leaping catch at the wall to limit the damage. The REX were able to muster up a run in the bottom of the fifth on a single by right fielder Jack Leverenz that scored catcher Dylan Janke. The REX were unable to complete the comeback and fell to the Aviators in game two by a score of 3-1.
The REX are back on the road on Wednesday, June 16, as they take on the Alton River Dragons at 7:35 PM EST at Lloyd Hopkins Field. The REX are back home on Friday, June 18, to take on the Springfield Sliders on Trivia Night at 6:30 PM EST.