07/09/2017 6:03 PM -
WHITING, Ind. – July 9, 2017 – Sunday, the Northwest Indiana Oilmen concluded a three-game series with the Serbian National Baseball Team. After picking up wins on Friday and Saturday, NWI completed the sweep of the Serbians with an easy 15-2 win.
The Serbian National Team did score first in the game. Serbia’s Vlastimir Arandelovic reached on an error by Oilmen shortstop Jack Ciombor which scored Danny Balic. The Serbians led 1-0, but that lead would be very short-lived.
The Oilmen didn’t score in the first five innings of Saturday’s game against the Serbian National Team, but NWI came out with offense early and often in Sunday’s game. Hunter Thorn drove in Tyler Sroczynski in the bottom of the first to tie the game, and two batters later Blake Cleveland doubled and scored Thorn and Dashon Moore.
Northwest Indiana scored four runs in the first inning, followed by two in the second and four more in the third. Up 10-2 after three innings, the game was already out of hand.
“I thought the thing that hit them the hardest was just the grind of multiple games in a row,” Oilmen coach Adam Enright said. “You could see the Friday and Saturday energy and enthusiasm were really high. I think they will quickly realize that the reason baseball players are much more laid back and much more conscious of conserving their energy is because baseball seasons are typically very long and it takes a lot to get from start to finish. You could definitely see that by Day 3 that the series had been wearing on them.”
The Oiilmen offense tagged on five more runs in the middle innings, and completed the three-game sweep of the Serbian National Team with a 15-2 win. The Oilmen were led by Dashon Moore, who picked up his second straight four-hit game with two RBIs. Blake Cleveland had a game-high three RBIs on a pair of hits, and five of the nine Oilmen in the starting lineup ended the game with multiple RBIs.
Starter Brian Jestice got the win after he gave up one earned run on three hits in five innings. He struck out four Serbians and walked three. Cal Duraskovic took the loss for the Serbian National Team; he gave up 10 runs in three innings on the mound.
The Serbian National Team will play one final game against the MCL All-Stars Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Oilmen City Stadium. Tickets are available online at NWIOilmen.com.