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Oilmen and Lakers Set for First Meeting of Season

06/06/2014 12:10 PM -

Michigan City Lakers
at Northwest Indiana Oilmen (3-3)

June 6, 2014 • 7 p.m. (CT) • Whiting, Ind.
Radio: AM 1230 WJOB

For Starters
The Oilmen suffered a 6-3 loss to DuPage County in the 100th game in franchise history on Thursday. Northwest Indiana stranded 10 runners on base, but the game did not come without its share of bright spots. Nate Schneider, Ryan Burvan and Jason Gasser had two hits each, while Kevin DeFilippis reached base three times. Anthony Gomez worked three scoreless innings in relief.

Inside the Oilmen
Whiting native Andrew Lowe is off to a solid start to the season pitching out of the Oilmen bullpen. He retired the side in order in the top of the ninth on Thursday and has not allowed a run in three appearances so far this season. Nate Schneider is off to a hot start offensively, hitting .438 through six games. He has reached safely in all six games and holds a five-game hitting streak.

Inside the Lakers
The Michigan City Lakers roster features a slew of local talent, including Chesterton graduate K.J. Zelenika, Munster grad Mark Dye, Chesterton’s Spencer Sutton, Portage alum Zach Thorn and Andrean’s Joe Plesac, among others. The Lakers roster also includes South Central product Travis Minix, who played professionally in the Phillies organization and pitched with Bridgeport of the independent Atlantic League in 2013. Minix and Oilmen manager Justin Huisman pitched in the same Double-A Southern League game in 2002.

About the Matchup
Friday’s game between the Oilmen and Lakers in a nonleague matchup between two Northwest Indiana teams. This is the first meeting of the year between the two squads and the second season that the Oilmen have played against the Lakers. A year ago, Northwest Indiana took five of the seven meetings, dropping the first and last matchups of the year. The Oilmen and Lakers will meet three times this season.

Around the League
While the Oilmen step outside Midwest Collegiate League action, four other MCL teams continue league play on Friday night. The DuPage County Hounds host the Joliet Admirals, while the Chicago Zephyrs battle the Southland Vikings. Joliet has won three straight after starting the season 0-3, while the Hounds are undefeated at 5-0.

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