By Noel Fary
What started as a quick moving pitcher’s duel suddenly turned into a dominating victory for the Lake County Corn Dogs as they won their second straight game against the Southland Vikings, 8-2, on Wednesday in Hammond.
Both teams were scoreless through two innings with plenty of runners left stranded on base. The Corn Dogs opened up the scoring off of an RBI single from Macron Player of the Game Scott Hansen. Hansen finished the game one for three with two RBIs and a trip home for himself.
Check out the box score from the game.
Jake Thometz started the game for the Corn Dogs and pitched a solid game, allowing the Vikings to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. Thometz threw six strikeouts and three walks in four innings pitched.
The outs came quickly for both teams, until the Corn Dogs found themselves with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning. Tyler Schultz, their ironman shortstop in his second season on the team, faced Vikings pitcher, Mike Maloney. Schultz rocketed a ball all the way to the warning track that bounced off the wall, completely clearing the bases and swinging every bit of momentum the way of the Corn Dogs.
After taking a five to two lead, the Corn Dogs never looked back. Their relievers consisting of Ivan Balboa, Chris Bachman, and Ethan Lambrigger, combined for five scoreless innings to end the game.
The Corn Dogs would tack on two more runs in the top of the ninth but controlled the tide of the game long before then.
The Corn Dogs sit atop of the Northern League standings at 9-1 and look ahead to their Thursday matchup against the Oilmen in Whiting.