Rex swept away by the aviators | Sports

The Terre Haute-based Rex are struggling to keep the opposition from scoring points and this was evident when Lafayette visited Bob Warn Field for a double schedule on Sunday.

The Aviators swept the twinbill, winning the opener 12-2 and the nightcap 9-4 in front of a crowd of 227 fans.

In both games, Lafayette’s points came in the final innings. This was especially true for the opener.

The Rex, trying to put together a winning streak after a Saturday win over Danville, led for much of the contest. Rex’s 2-1 lead was fueled by goals loaded in the first inning by Kody Putnam and a triple RPI in the second by Alec Atkinson.

He remained 2-1 until the sixth when the ground collapsed on the Rex.

Lafayette, the top team in the Wabash River division and first-half champion, quickly took the lead.

Slaide Naturman hit a two-run homerun, beating ISU’s Miguel Rivera in the process to put the Aviators ahead 3-2.

Those points came from Evan McGill, the 27th different pitcher the Rex has used this season. In the seventh, it got worse. A two-point brace from Trevor Johnson, a goal-laden march shot by Allbry Major and a two-point brace from Reed Chumley opened the game for Lafayette as they took an 8-2 lead.

The Aviators would score two more runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Rex’s pitchers walked nine batters and allowed 11 hits.

Hot Alec Brunson, Kaleb Hannahs and Atkinson all had multi-shot matches for the Rex in Game 1. McGill struggled with the loss, although all four Rex pitchers who pitched gave up at least one point.

The final drink, a seven-innings affair, also started with a lead from Rex. The home team were leading 3-1 after three innings. A first single run by Brunson RBI, followed by a two-run Brunson home run in the third put the Rex in the lead. Brunson has hit a home run in four of the last seven games he’s played for the Rex.

However, Lafayette blocked in the fourth inning. A sacrifice fly and a single RBI from Ian Laureano equaled the match. A Mike Snyder solo home run and Carlos Contreras RBI single in the fifth broke the tie to put the Aviators ahead 5-3.

The Rex scored in the bottom half of the fifth via a Kyle Harbison single, but the Aviators continued to rack up points. A Major slam in the sixth was enough to make the Rex.

Brunson was 2 for 4 in the contest, as was Hannahs. Jack Leventz took the loss for the Rex.

The Rex is playing at home again on Tuesday as Lafayette returns again. Game time is 6.30 p.m.

Saturday

• Rex 4, Danville 3 – Leverntz was the hero of Saturday’s win as his homerun in the seventh round proved to be the difference. The Rex avenged a defeat against the Dans on Friday.

Leventz’s explosion came with two strikeouts after Dans tied the score in the top of the seventh. The IU-Kokomo player, who played for right field on Saturday, touched his second bomb of the season.

The Rex led 3-0 early in the game. Brunson hit a two-run explosion in the first inning. A brace produced by Coulter Couillard-Rodak made it 3-0.

The Dans fought back against reliever Alex Reinoehl and equalized in the seventh inning, but Leventz’s home run was decisive, thanks to Reinoehl’s solid relief from the eighth inning.

Putnam was 3-for-3 in the Rex contest.

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