By Noel Fary
The Lake County Corn Dogs moved back into the win column, with a victory against the Griffith Generals on Friday 7-5, in a game where hits built upon themselves, and viewers sat on the edge of their seats until the very end.
Ryan Troxel started on the mound for the Corn Dogs, and came in firing, with two scoreless innings at the beginning of the matchup. Troxel worked his way out of trouble multiple times, finishing the day with 4.2 innings pitched, two strikeouts, and four earned runs.
Coming off of a two game losing streak, the Corn Dogs offense needed a spark to revitalize themselves.
With two outs quickly gathered in the top of the second inning, it seemed unlikely, however the Corn Dogs once again delivered with one last chance in an inning. Six base hits and a hit by pitch saw the Corn Dogs put up a five spot in the top of the second, putting the game far out of reach.
Offense slowed down following the burst, with the generals slowly working their way back scoring in the third and fifth inning.
A close game has yet to be seen against these two teams, and with only a one run lead, the Corn Dogs looked to put the game away and stay perfect against the Generals on the season. With one runner on, Doug Loden came up to bat and did what he does best, send the ball out of the park.
The two run shot gave the Corn Dogs a three run lead and earned Loden a Macron Player of the Game. The Generals threatened in the bottom of the eighth by scoring a run, but the Corn Dogs held on through great relief pitching by Chris Bachman and Sean Kasper and won the game 9-7.
The Corn Dogs look to Saturday ahead of another trip to Oil City, in a chance to take the series lead and work their way back up the Northern League standings at 7:10 p.m.