Kings 2-8 in June and have lost four games in a row.
The Champion City Kings’ second season has gone like its first did a year ago, but they’re hoping to turn things around tonight.
The Kings are 4-10 and have lost four games in a row. They return to Carleton Davidson Stadium tonight for a two-game homestand against Hannibal and Jamestown.
The team went 21-39 a year ago in its inaugural season after winning five of its first seven games. Champion City won its first two games this season but has won only twice since. The Kings have lost four-straight games, including two on Thursday and Friday to Chillicothe.
Two of their last three games have been decided by one run. Chillicothe won 9-8 on Thursday, and Hannibal won 10-9 on Wednesday.
The Kings will look to avenge Wednesday’s close loss against Hannibal on Saturday. They jumped out to a 5-0 lead against the Cavemen in Wednesday’s game but couldn’t sustain it. Hannibal scored four runs in the third and five in the fifth to take the lead for good. Champion City tried to stage a comeback in the ninth after Bradley Macciocchi hit an RBI-single to pull within one run. The rally went no further.
Eric Peterson has been the Kings’ most reliable starting hitter so far. Peterson, a junior out of Minnesota State-Mankato, is hitting .360 through 50 plate appearances and has six RBI’s to his credit. Macciocchi leads the team with a .368 batting average (19 at-bats), and Adam Fitzgibbon has a .348 average (23 at-bats).
David Lemasters, a freshman from Lake Eire College, has been the team’s best pitcher with multiple appearances. Lemasters has a 1.97 ERA through 13 2/3 inning pitched. Corey Murphy leads the team in ERA. He allowed no runs in eight innings in Champion City’s 3-2 win over Butler on June 6, but hasn’t seen any other action aside from that game.
Murphy is the Kings’ probable starter for Saturday’s game. Elliott Stepanof (0-1, 1.50 ERA) is Hannibal’s probable starter.
Champion City is tied for last in the Prospect League’s East Division. Hannibal (3-11) is in last place in the West.