Miners Snap Aviator Win Streak

Written By: Alex Brophy

LAFAYETTE, IN. – Lafayette won four of five but dropped the final game of the home stand to the West Virginia Miners with a 5-3 decision. Quick scoring allowed the Miners to jump out to an early lead and the Aviators were unable to climb their way back into the matchup.

In the top of the first inning, Miner shortstop Alex Christie hit a two-run home run deep into left field that drove in Butler. Lafayette’s starting pitcher, Gyeongju Kim, allowed his sixth home run of the season and gave up the big play that added to a performance that fans are not used to. In the top of the second, West Virginia would continue the scoring spree with a two-RBI triple from Silas Butler that scored Siciliano and Doss, bringing the score to 4-0. Directly following the triple, Devin Hooper drove in Butler for the fifth and final run of the day for West Virginia.

Lafayette attempted to mount a comeback early on with a home run of their own. Eli Tencza hit a two-run shot deep into left field that also scored Cade Fitzpatrick, making the score 5-2. Lafayette’s final run came in the bottom of the fifth when Mike Kozsewski hit his second triple of the season to drive in Hatcher. In the final stretch of the game, the Aviators ran into stellar Miner relievers when Adams and Joyce allowed no hits, no runs, and punched four batters.

Kim suffered his first loss of the season (4-1) but fought back to have a solid outing totaling six innings pitched for six hits, five earned runs, and four punchouts. Lafayette’s win streak came to an end and they also dropped just their ninth home loss of the entire summer. The Fly Boys now head on the road for six away games, including a four-game series against the Johnstown Mill Rats, before returning home on August 2nd. Lafayette has Monday off and will open the road stand on Tuesday, July 26th, at the Chillicothe Paints with the first pitch being thrown at 7:35 p.m. EST. Aviator fans can tune into the matchup on Prospect League TV

Recent News

AVIATORS LOOKING FOR HOST FAMILIES

LAFAYETTE, INDIANA – January 18, 2024 – The Aviators 2024 season is a little over 4 months away and preparations for the upcoming season are underway. Part of those preparations include making sure that every player that plays in Lafayette has a place to stay for the...

read more

AVIATORS SET FOR TAKEOFF FOR THE 2024 SEASON

LAFAYETTE, INDIANA – January 4, 2024 – The Aviators will kick off the 2024 season at Loeb Stadium on Tuesday, May 28th against the defending champion Chillicothe Paints. The Flyboys will play a jam-packed 30-game home schedule that will conclude on Wednesday, July...

read more

AVIATORS TO WEAR PURDUE THEMED JERSEYS

LAFAYETTE, INDIANA – May 4, 2023 – The Aviators annual Purdue Night this summer will feature a new element – the Aviators in Purdue themed jerseys. The Prospect League team will be wearing black jerseys with the Aviators script logo in Purdue gold for the game on...

read more

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT RETURNS TO LOEB STADIUM

LAFAYETTE, IN – March 23, 2023 – National Night Out presented by the Lafayette Police Department is returning to Loeb Stadium on Tuesday, August 1. It’s an evening full of fun activities, giveaways and opportunities for folks of all ages to interact with public safety...

read more

Partners