(CHILLICOTHE, Ohio) – A pair of Walsh Cavaliers capped an impressive summer on the baseball diamond by being named to Prospect League Postseason All-Stars. Andrew Czech (first base) and Ben Bulchik (relief pitcher) were the two Maroon and Gold representatives selected, both as members of the Chillicothe Paints. The selections were voted on by league field managers, general managers, and local media.
Czech was one of the top hitters in the entire league in several categories. The six-foot-six, 260-pound first basemen led the league with 56 RBIs and 21 doubles, played in the second-most games (58), his 73 hits were second-most, ranked second with 32 extra-base hits, ranked third in total bases with 125, tied for fourth with 39 walks, tied for fifth with nine home runs, had the fifth-most at bats with 215, had the fifth-best slugging percentage at .581 and ranked seventh with a .340 batting average. Defensively, Czech made just four errors in 39 games at first base.
Bulchik from Walsh University, was an essential piece of the Paints' strong back end in the bullpen. The six-foot-five, 240-pound right-hander was 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 20 appearances. The Lakewood, Ohio, native allowed just six earned runs over 40 innings, struck out a Prospect League third-best 59 batters and walked 21. Bulchik ranked third in the league with six saves behind teammate Jack Raines.
The Paints finished the regular season 34-26 to finish second in the East Division. Chillicothe qualified for the playoffs, but fell to the Kokomo Jackrabbits.