By Noel Fary
The Lake County Corn Dogs were to start a five-game stretch of road games beginning Wednesday, but due to weather the next game will be Thursday versus the Elkhart County Miracle, and the two teams will meet again on Friday.
On Saturday night, the Corn Dogs, 18-9, will play the NWI Oilmen in Whiting. The Corn Dogs will face the Oilmen when they return home to Legacy Fields in Crown Point on July 11. The games versus the Oilmen may very well determine who is in first place in the Northern League standings. As of July 5, there was a virtual tie between the two teams for first.
Other upcoming Corn Dogs home games include July 12 and 13 versus the Panthers, July 15 versus the Miracle (all 7 pm. starts) and a 4 p.m. first pitch on Sunday, July 16 versus the Southland Vikings.
Corn Dogs Drop One to Panthers
In a June 29 ball game versus the Indiana Panthers, it was a contest where offense was abundant, but miscues on defense extended innings and put the game out of reach for the Corn Dogs.
Check out the box score from the game.
Dylan Matusak started on the mound for the Corn Dogs, throwing a scoreless first inning. As a result of some errors and solid hitting by the Panthers, Matusak finished with an uncharacteristic night, going three innings and giving up seven earned runs.
Beau Polickey started for the Indiana Panthers, going deep into the game, allowing 11 hits and six runs.
Once again, hits were not an issue for the Corn Dogs, as they totaled 13 and spread the wealth through the entire lineup. Every Corn Dogs batter collected at least one base hit, gaining momentum at multiple times throughout the game.
The Corn Dogs put six runs up, spread throughout four innings, but a consistent attack from the Panthers offense made the game seem constantly out of reach. After scoring two runs in the top of the seventh innings, the Corn Dogs were within four, but two more insurance runs by the Panthers in the bottom of the eighth proved too much.
The Corn Dogs see themselves on a two-game losing streak for the second time this season and continue a struggle to find consistency on the road.