By Andrew Mild
With an 8-1 record and a 13-0 no-hitter home victory over the Southland Vikings on June 7, the Lake County Corn Dogs are showing that they are the team to beat in the Northern League.
In the first inning, the Corn Dogs scored four runs off of just two hits, as the team worked three walks and two batters hit to keep the lineup moving. In the second, more walks, an error and one perfectly placed single to drive in a pair of runs off the bat of Gavin Terry put the Corn Dogs up 10-0.
The Corn Dogs drove three more runs in the home half of the sixth on doubles from Scott Hansen and Jake Ferry to make the score 13-0.
Starter James Burke took the mound for the first time since his rocky fifth inning against the NWI Oilmen on May 29. This time around the right hander pitched five innings, allowing just one man to reach base on a walk.
Jacob Bosse and Jorge Santos finished the game in relief, shutting down the Vikings and completing what would be the first no-hitter in Corn Dogs history.
Manager Justin Huisman had nothing but high praise for his starting pitcher.
“It all starts with fastball command,” he said. “The last start by Burke was uncharacteristic, but he looked really good tonight.”
With the no-hitter the Corn Dogs collect their third shutout win this season. The team ERA dipped to 3.28, which leads the Northern League. The Corn Dogs have also held opposing batters to a .190 batting average, also league best.
The Corn Dogs take their eight game winning streak on the road in Hammond against the Southland Vikings on June 8. Northern League Pitcher of the week Rex Stills will pitch.
Photo caption: James Burke pitched five innings of shut-out ball to help give the Corn Dogs their first no-hitter in team history.
Photo by Josh Brunette