Oilmen take advantage of miscues in win
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent June 6, 2013 11:12PM
Updated: July 8, 2013 6:52AM
WHITING — The NWI Oilmen did not get a hit in the eighth inning — but putting the ball in play was all they had to do.
Three errors by the Southland Vikings led to three runs for the Oilmen, who earned their first win of the 2013 MCL season with a 7-6 victory.
“When you put the ball in play anything can happen,” said Oilmen manager Justin Huisman. “A couple of errors got us back in the game, we took the lead and then we were able to pull it out.”
The win did not come without some tense moments in the ninth inning, as Munster native and Valparaiso University pitcher Scott Jerge loaded the bases and then pegged Micah Rooke — a Clark graduate and Whiting native — to cut the Oilmen’s two-run lead in half. But Jerge was able to get Highland alum John Livingston to ground out in the next at-bat, ending the game.
Making contact was a much tougher task for the Oilmen through the first five innings, as Southland starter Aaron Hauge struck out eight batters and, at one point, retired 13 consecutive hitters.
“He had good stuff. That’s the second night in a row we’ve had to face a tough lefty,” said Huisman. “Luckily he only went five innings or it might have been a different story.”
Southland’s offense was stymied by Oilmen starter and Lake Central product Jimmy McNamara. The lefty made his first start since an April 17 outing for Central Michigan, and went six innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
“After that first inning I kind of settled in. I was pretty pleased, and we were able to come back and get the win.” McNamara did express some frustration over having the leadoff man reach base in the first five innings of the game. “I had to pitch out of some jams. That’s a pretty good lineup over there.”