June 29, 2023

Corn Dogs Fall a Run Short to Oilmen

By Noel Fary

The Lake County Corn Dogs lost a close contest with the NWI Oilmen in Whiting on Wednesday, 2-1, in a game where pitching shined and just the slightest mistake by either team made huge differences.

Adam Walters made his debut as a starter for the Corn Dogs and carried his dominance as a closer into this new role. Walters finished with four innings pitched, one hit, no runs and four strikeouts. The game appeared to be a stalemate, as it took four innings for either team to score, and runs were only put up in two different innings.

Check out the box score from the game.

Hits were not an issue for the Corn Dogs, as they outhit the Oilmen 11-4, with only one batter not collecting a base hit. A stiff Oilmen defense and solid pitching from the entire Oilmen staff only allowed one run off a sacrifice fly by the Corn Dogs’ Shane Jones.

That one0-run lead held strong for the Corn Dogs, with great defense and relief pitching of their own from the likes of Eric Santaguida and Ethan Lambrigger. A short burst of offense from the Oilmen in the bottom of the eighth saw them take the lead 2-1, and suddenly the Corn Dogs needed at least a run to keep the game going.

The Corn Dogs came into the top of the ninth firing on all cylinders, with three straight singles. After a moment of base running confusion and a double play, the momentum halted, and the game finished.

The Corn Dogs, now 17-7, take on the Indiana Panthers Thursday (June 29) at 5 p.m. in Highland.


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