06/20/2015 6:32 PM -
Northwest Indiana Oilmen (8-4)
at Michigan City Lakers (2-10)
June 21, 2015 • 1 p.m. • Michigan City, Ind.
Radio: AM 1230 WJOB
Internet Broadcast: nwioilmen.com
NWI’s Tyler Loesher (Kishwaukee / Woodstock, Ill.) vs. Michigan City’s Casey Young
Enrique Zamora struck out 10 Lexington Snipes in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, matching the team’s single-game strikeout record established by Josh Negele in 2012 and previously matched by Danny Pobereyko in 2014. All four Oilmen losses this season have come by two runs or fewer, with three of those defeats by a single run. The Oilmen played their first doubleheader of the season on Saturday, splitting with Lexington. They also played their second extra-inning game of the year, losing 5-4 in eight frames. The Oilmen are 3-8 all-time in extras.
Inside the Oilmen
Tyler Sroczynski totaled four hits over Saturday’s two games and remains Northwest Indiana’s most productive offensive player. He leads the team in batting average at .429 and ranks second in on-base percentage at .447. Sroczynski is tied for the team lead in runs scored with seven and leads the club in stolen bases with seven. Jordan Lewis launched his third home run of the season on Saturday, becoming the second player in Oilmen history to hit three home runs in a season. Lewis ties the single-season franchise record of three established by Bill Miller in 2012. Brad Wood had hits in both of Saturday’s games to extend his hitting streak to six. Brian Seymour’s five-game hitting streak was snapped when he went 0-for-4 in the opener. On the mound, Tyler Loesher will make his second start of the summer on Sunday.
Inside the Lakers
Michigan City held a 9-0 lead in the eighth inning of Saturday’s game against Southland, only to see the Vikings rally for a 13-10 victory. The Lakers have dropped eight consecutive games since back-to-back wins over the Oilmen and Vikings on June 5 and June 6. Valparaiso recruit and 2015 Mount Carmel graduate Scott Kapers joined the Lakers on Friday, ripping a double and driving in a run in his collegiate-level debut against DuPage County. Anthony Olund – brother of Oilmen utility man Alec Olund – is on Michigan City’s roster.
About the Matchup
Michigan City is the only team in the Midwest Collegiate League that the Oilmen have not beaten yet this season. The Oilmen are 4-2 all-time at Michigan City and 1-1 at Marquette Athletic Complex. Overall, the Oilmen are 7-4 against the Lakers and 0-1 since Michigan City joined the MCL.
Around the League
There was no movement on Saturday among the top four teams in the MCL as all four squads went 1-1. The Admirals downed DuPage County 9-1 in game one of a doubleheader, before the Hounds rallied for a 5-4 win in game two. With the game one win, the Admirals became the first team other than the Oilmen to defeat the Hounds this season.
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