By Noel Fary
The Lake County Corn Dogs had their way with the Southland Vikings after two cancelled games, putting up a 14-2 victory on Wednesday and ending the game early through consistent hitting and solid defense backing their pitchers.
In the top of the first inning, the Corn Dogs struck with a Ranko Stevanovic double and Gavin Terry reaching on an error. But by the end of the second, the Vikings had tied the game, 2-2.
Starting pitcher Eric Santaguida pitched three innings for the Corn Dogs, allowing three hits and two runs, but ultimately suppressing the Vikings offense. Each pitcher following him in relief contributed to a combined four-inning shutout, paving the way for an offensive explosion.
The Corn Dogs scored two or more runs in all but one of the seven innings played at Dowling Park in Hammond. Manger Justin Huisman believed this team was always capable of this level of play.
“We have a lot of talent,” Huisman said. “I know that we came off to a slow start offensively this year, but we knew we had a lot of talent.”
Every Corn Dog gathered at least one hit on the day, allowing for consistent offense that built upon itself. Adam Walters had a perfect day, going three for three with an RBI and a walk, earning himself the Macron Player of the Game.
Entering the top of the sixth, the Corn Dogs led 8-2, but went on to score six more runs, putting an exclamation point on a statement victory. This inning was capped off by a rocket sent over the left field wall by Ethan Nielsen, his first home run of the season.
After losing two of their last three games, the Corn Dogs executed a near flawless game, besting a tough opponent they see frequently this season.
The Corn Dogs travel to Elkhart County to take on the Miracle on Thursday, hoping to continue another win streak.
The Corn Dogs are back home for games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.