CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — The best season in Butler BlueSox history came to an end Thursday night when the Chillicothe Paints eliminated them from the Prospect League playoffs with a 6-2 victory.
With a limited roster, the BlueSox battled, but couldn’t keep pace with the Paints’ strong offense.
“I was looking at the lineup cards today and we only had 17 guys and they had a full roster,” BlueSox Manager Anthony Rebyanski said. “It is hard to beat them without a full bench or bullpen.
“These guys that were here didn’t quit and I told them after the game that I am proud of them for sticking it out to the end.”
The Paints got what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the fifth when Ronnie Dawson broke for home on a ground out to second base by Matt Hopfner. After recording the out, first baseman Ryan Uhl threw home, but Dawson slid in ahead of the tag of catcher Russell Clark.
Butler threatened the next half inning by loading the bases on Paints starter Lance Elder with one out. Elder was able to get a pop out by Clark and then gave way to reliever Bryce Arledge. The lefty induced a ground out by Mick Fennell to get out of the jam.
Elder picked up the win, allowing two runs on seven hits.