By Noel Fary
In their first loss at Legacy Fields this season, the Indiana Panthers defeated the Lake County Corn Dogs 10-8 on Saturday despite a late comeback effort coming up just short.
The Corn Dogs struggled to find a clean inning on defense, quickly finding themselves in a 7-1 deficit halfway through the fourth inning.
Starting pitcher Gavin Gallagher struggled to close out innings, throwing three strikeouts and allowing five walks and five earned runs.
The Corn Dogs offense was never truly absent, as they spread their eight runs scored over four innings, most of those coming courtesy of the middle of the batting order. Ranko Stevanovic, Scott Hansen and Tyler Schultz all contributed heavily on offense.
After plenty of long innings and pitches thrown, two-way player Ivan Balboa, moved from second to the mound to finish off the night for the Corn Dogs. Balboa shined through three innings, with five strikeouts, no walks, and a stretch where he retired six straight Panthers hitters.
The Corn Dogs attempted some late game heroics in the bottom of the eighth, scoring three runs and putting the game within one. The Panthers went on to score one run in the top of the ninth, but the Corn dogs could not regain the lead.
The Corn Dogs play again Tuesday against the Panthers on the road in Highland, Indiana.
Photo caption: Gavin Gallagher on the mound for the Corn Dogs.
Photo by Josh Brunette