05/26/2023 10:58 PM -
Whiting, Ind. – May. 26,2023 – After a slow start in the first two innings Thursday night, starting pitcher Silas Noe would start to make his time at the mound count.
Noe caught fire shortly after giving up five runs to the Corn Dogs in the second inning, but the Oilmen fell to the Lake County Corn Dogs 7-3 at Legacy Fields in Crown Point. Noe recorded eight straight outs while striking out six and allowing five hits. Noe was relieved of his pitching duties and replaced with newcomer Aaron Buckholtz after the fifth inning. The Oilmen would use Buckholtz, Tyler Laux and Connor Spear in relief. Spear finished out the game for the Oilmen by striking out two batters in a scoreless eighth.
The Corndogs starter Gavin Gallagher had trouble finding the strike zone early in the game. Gallagher walked four and struck out seven in his start. The Corndogs finished the game with reliever Adam Walters on the mound. Walters recorded three strikeouts and one walk to hold the Corn Dogs’ 7-3 lead.
The Oilmen have been off to a strong start hitting the ball Brendan O’Conner had a strong performance, hitting 3-for-4 with two RBIs. His teammate George Bilecki had a good first performance of the year as well. Bilecki went 2-for-4. Darreon Mickell would also have an impact by recording his first stolen base of the season.
The Oilmen have started the season with consecutive losses and have struggled to stop the Corn Dogs from scoring runs.
“I think a big part of it is not really knowing how we’re going to put things together pitching-wise,” Oilmen manager Adam Enright said. “Once we get a good feel for all of our guys on the mound, it’s much easier to build the plan of who’s going to play week to week.”
The Oilmen will travel back to Legacy Field in Crown Point, Ind. on Saturday at 7 p.m. for a chance to bounce back.