July 26, 2023

Corn Dogs Sack Generals, Move to 27-12

By Noel Fary

The Lake County Corn Dogs came from behind against the Griffith Generals on Tuesday, winning 12-6 and sweeping the season series in a game where dramatics were high and errors came back to bite both teams.

In nine games played this season, the Corn Dogs defeated the Generals in every meeting. The last time the Corn Dogs fell to the Generals falls just over a year ago on July 25, 2023.

Check out the box score from the game.

Sean Kasper started on the mound for the Corn Dogs, throwing three straight scoreless innings and allowing only one earned run off a solo home run, the only hit Kasper allowed.

The scoring started right away for the Corn Dogs, with a three-spot in the bottom of the first courtesy of a Scott Hansen bases-clearing triple and a wild pitch that sent Hansen home.

The Generals appeared quiet for the majority of the game, until Kasper left the mound and Corn Dog relievers saw an uncharacteristic day.

Between the sixth and eighth inning, the Generals put five runs on the board, taking the lead 6-5 headed into the bottom of the eighth. The Corn Dogs needed an offensive spark in crunch time to remain undefeated against the Generals.

Eight straight Corn Dogs batters reached in the bottom of the eighth, scoring seven runs and punishing the Generals for every mistake they made. An errant throw by Dylan Mayer to first base saw Ethan Nielsen and Owen Winters come tearing home, giving the Corn Dogs the go-ahead RBIs they so desperately needed.

Corn Dogs Manager Justin Huisman felt the game did not go exactly how the Corn Dogs wanted it, but they ultimately did what was needed to grab a win.

“It kind of felt like who wanted to give it to the other team the most there for a little bit,” Huisman said.

Ethan Nielsen solidified his Macron Player of the Game status with a base-clearing double, making his final line score 3-5 with one run and three RBIs.

The Generals threatened in the top of the ninth, but ultimately fell 12-6. With the win the Corn Dogs advance closer to that one-seed and look to claim their second straight Northern League regular season title.

“I think the motivation right now is the clinch, as early as possible, first place,” Huisman said. “We want to get home field advantage.”

The Elkhart County Miracle come to Crown Point on Wednesday for game two of the Corn Dogs’ final homestand of the regular season. First pitch is 7 p.m.


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