By Andrew Mild
After losing a tough one to the NWI Oilmen on Friday, the Lake County Corn Dogs returned home on Sunday to play the Joliet Generals. The Corn Dogs jumped out to a big lead, scoring two runs off a big hit from Austin Ridgway. Lake County built a lead 4-0 after one inning.
Check out our box score on Pointstreak
The Corn Dogs rode behind pitcher Frank Plesac who struck out 11 hitters and broke the team record for most in a game, set a week earlier by Conor Pangburn (10). Plesac would give up five runs (four earned) before leaving the game in the fifth inning.
In the sixth inning, Jayden Deel laced a double into the left field wall that drove in Ridgway and tied the game 5-5. In the seventh inning, the Corn Dogs pulled away, scoring five runs on just one hit, as the lineup kept drawing walks. One more run was scored in the bottom of the eighth, making the score was 11-5.
In the ninth frame, Joliet scored two runs, but Dylan Matusak struck out the last hitter to end the game 11-7 in favor of the Corn Dogs.
Ridgway was named Macron Player of the Game, going 2-4 with two runs scored, two RBIs, three stolen bases and a hit by pitch. Ridgway improved his average to .391 with a .500 on-base percentage.
The Corn Dogs are now 14-6 on the season and 10-1 at home. The team will hit the road Tuesday for a game with the Chicago American Giants. They return home Wednesday to play the red-hot second-place Southland Vikings.