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Oilmen Keep Rolling, Beat Generals 14-4

06/28/2024 1:04 AM -

Andrew Gould drove in four runs on one hit to lead the Oilmen past the Griffith Generals 14-4 on Thursday. In the seventh inning, Gould singled, scoring three runs.

The bottom of the lineup was strong for the Oilmen. Troy Vosburgh, John Wendling, and Mason List combined for seven of the team's 11 hits in their victory. They scored four runs and drove in two.

The Griffith Generals got on the board in the top of the first inning after Yashion Boswell doubled, Jaime Luna doubled, and Isaiah Thompson grounded out, each scoring one run.

The Oilmen flipped the game on its head in the bottom of the first, scoring five runs on one hit to take a 5-3 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was an error that drove in three.

Tyler Laux pitched four innings in relief for the Oilmen. The reliever gave up one hit and zero runs while, striking out three and walking one. Ryan Sigale started on the bump for the Oilmen. They surrendered six hits and four runs over three innings, striking out two and walking two. Jaren Jackson started the game for the Griffith Generals. The right-handed pitcher gave up eight hits and nine runs (four earned) over six innings, striking out three and walking eight.

The Oilmen tallied 11 hits in the game. Number eight hitter, Troy Vosburgh, showed the depth of the Oilmen's lineup, leading them with four hits in five at bats. Wendling collected two hits for the Oilmen in four at bats. The Northwest Indiana Oilmen had a strong eye at the plate, collecting 12 walks for the game. Jake Pauley, Isaiah White, and Zamaurion Hatcher led the team with two bases on balls each. Troy Vosburgh and Isaiah White each stole multiple bases for the Oilmen, who had 9 stolen bags in the game. The Oilmen turned one double play in the game.

Isaiah Thompson, Yashion Boswell, Horacio Cabrales, Connor Jerkatis, Angel Ramirez, Luna, and Graham Gonzales each collected one hit for the Griffith Generals. Isaiah Thompson led Griffith Generals with two runs batted in. The outfielder went 1-for-4 on the day.

The White Castle Player of the Game was awarded to Troy Vosburgh after his stellar showing today. Troy went 4-5 in the game and stole 3 bases. Troy reminisced on his dominant performance postgame. “One of my fly balls to right field luckily landed perfectly between three people, and I was focused on just putting the ball in play. I don’t like striking out so I just want to keeping forcing them to make a play. Just hit the ball hard, get on base, and do what I can”. Troy’s dominance has been on display both as a pitcher and a hitter this season. “Sometimes if I’m not hitting well I can use that to push me to get it back on the mound, or use my success in one with the other. I have another opportunity to contribute and help the team”. He also wanted to note the importance of the Oilmen’s upcoming game, and how important fan support will be. “Watch the Oilmen play Elkhart on Saturday”. While Vosburgh will not be in attendance, he is hoping the Oilmen faithful can boost the team to a win.
Tyler Zunkel was available postgame to share his thoughts on the 14-4 victory for the Oilmen. He reflected on picking up a win one week after losing to the Generals. “We made the plays. We only made one error today and it didn’t end up making a difference. We also just took advantage of what they gave us, they gave us some extra bases and base runners and we just went out and capitalized”. He also reflected on the importance of hitting today. “We had some guys step up today, two guys were on today and that was enough for us…We do still have some guys who need to clean up chasing after off-speed pitches in the dirt but when a guy like Troy Vosburgh gets you 4 hits, you can afford that”. The bullpen also provided a big boost from the Laux brothers. “Ryan went out there and didn’t really have his best stuff today but the brothers came up big for us. Tyler came out and really put us on his back for 4 innings and shut it down. It’s great to have the bullpen go out and hold the game where it was at”.

Next up for Northwest Indiana Oilmen is a game over at the Elkhart County Miracle on Saturday. The game follows a much earned day off for the the Oilmen