The Lake County Corn Dogs defeated the Griffith Generals in a come-from-behind-game on Sunday 6-5,
It was a hard-fought contest where the Corn Dogs took it to extra innings and saw some unique help from players throughout their entire roster.
Check out the box score from the game.
After the win, the Corn Dogs remain undefeated in seven games against the Generals during this season. The Corn Dogs are now 21-9 and in sole position of first place. But the NWI Oilmen are only percentage points behind on the Corn Dogs and face them Tuesday at Legacy Fields in Crown Point.
Corn Dogs and Generals Battle Through 10 Innings
It was a slow start for both teams, with the first run tacked on in the third inning off a Tyler Schultz single that scored Adam Walters, and a double from Ranko Stevanovic in the fourth saw the Corn Dogs take a 2-0 lead.
Gavin Gallagher started for the Corn Dogs and pitched his way out of trouble for four innings, allowing no runs. In the bottom of the fifth, Gallagher struggled to put Generals away, and finished the day with 4.0-plus innings pitched, four hits, five runs, and six strikeouts.
With the overall talent throughout the roster, comebacks are not a foreign concept to the Corn Dogs, and they got a big boost from their relief pitchers. Jake Thometz, Doug Loden, who got his first action of the mound this season, and Gabe Stout all came through. They allowed no runs and just three hits for the final six innings of the game.
The Corn Dogs slowly worked their way back into the game, with a Doug Loden home run and Kevin Hall reach tying the game at 5-5 in the top of the ninth.
Corn Dogs Manager Justin Huisman saw the game begin to tilt in his team’s favor and believes they executed properly.
“There were a couple plays out there, I think the ball got in the sun and I think that helped us to tie the game,” Huisman said. “And then once that happens you can kind of feel the other team getting deflated.”
By giving Loden the opportunity to pitch, the Corn Dogs forfeited the designated hitter spot, meaning their pitcher would have to bat for the rest of the game. With Gabe Stout in, and not having taken a swing in game for about a year, he was called upon in a big moment.
Stout came through with a double that set him up to score in the top of the tenth, which proved to be the game winning run.
“I had to knock the dust off the base running skills a little bit,” Stout said. “But I just remembered what I was brought up learning and figured I’d do anything to get that winning run there.”
Following Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game, the Corn Dogs enjoy an extended homestand, with games on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sundy.