05/25/2023 10:53 PM -
After a cold and windy opening night, the Northwest Indiana Oilmen fell to the Lake County Corn Dogs by a score of 13-9.
Coming into the game, ace pitcher for the Corn Dogs, Ryan Troxel, started on the bump for Lake County. Troxel, who was named the Northern League Pitcher of the Year last season, had a rocky start for the Corn Dogs, giving up eight hits and six earned runs through four innings.
On the flip side, Oilmen starter Steve Washilewski had his fair share of troubles, giving up six walks, and six earned runs through four innings as well. After just a few innings, a common occurrence was walks. In total, the game accounted for 23 total walks, with 15 of them coming from the Oilmen pitching staff.
“When it’s cold it's just hard to stay up and stay moving around, especially in a three hour game, your mind starts to wonder and you get a little tighter,” Enright said.
However, while the Oilmen gave up 15 walks, the offense was in stride from start to finish. The Oilmen had no trouble getting the bats going, as they totaled 12 hits, with eight different players recording a hit during the contest. Oilmen catcher Emanuel Scott had a multi-hit performance, going 3-for-4 behind the plate and scoring four of the team’s nine runs. Additionally, Darreon Mickell stepped up for the black and gold, totaling three RBIs and going 2-for-5 at the plate. After a back and forth affair for most of the game, the Corn Dogs found their edge in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Corn Dogs scored five runs in the sixth, and took the 13-9 lead, which in the end, was the final score.
The Oilmen will travel back to Legacy Field in Crown Point, Ind. on Friday at 7 p.m. for a shot at redemption.