The Lake County Corn Dogs defeated the Griffith Generals in a comeback victory, 9-7, making up for a spike in errors with timely hitting and pitching in crunch time.
After ending two straight games against the Generals early due to the run rule, the Corn Dogs saw a completely different team than what they were used to, a team who played solid on defense and put runs on the board.
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The Corn Dogs held a four to two lead after the third inning off of an Adam Walters single and a fielder’s choice courtesy of Owen Winters. The Generals kept it close and slowly crept back into the game.
Pitchers David Zaragoza, the starter for the Corn Dogs, and Austin Pizer had solid outings for the Corn Dogs, giving up a combined two earned runs off of three hits and three strikeouts.
Manager Justin Huisman saw improvement in Zaragoza from his first start.
“Tonight, he threw some more strikes and had better quality pitches, missed some barrels and got out of a couple jams,” Huisman said. “He did a much better job tonight and he’ll just keep getting better.”
A string of base hits in the bottom of the seventh saw the Generals take their first lead of the season, and for the first time against this opponent, the Corn Dogs looked to play from behind.
Wasting no time, the Corn Dogs scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth, taking the lead once again. Ranko Stevanovic hit the go-ahead single with three runners on and two outs, putting the Corn Dogs ahead 9-7 and they never looked back.
Adam Walters closed out the game for the Corn Dogs, throwing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and no walks, earning himself Macron Player of the game due to his contribution both on offense and defense.
The Corn Dogs look to head into a tough stretch of their schedule, with a game usually six times a week. Their next game is back at home in Crown Point against the Southland Vikings on Tuesday.
Caption: Adam Walters, Marcon Player of the Game.