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Oilmen jump on Rockford early in rout

Updated: July 15, 2013 6:43PM



WHITING — The Northwest Indiana Oilmen pounded out 20 hits and cruised to an easy 12-0 victory Tuesday night against the Rockford Foresters in the Midwest Collegiate League.

The Oilmen were paced offensively by Tyler Baar’s four-RBI night. Baar snapped an 0-for-22 streak to start the season and was 4-for-6. Jack Czesewski was 3-for-5 with and RBI and Anthony Bova reached base four times. Every hitter in the Oilmen lineup had a base hit.

After a one-hour rain delay, the Oilmen (5-3, 4-2 MCL) wasted no time jumping on Foresters starter Paul Grotelueschen, scoring six runs and sending 11 men to the plate in the bottom of the first inning. Nick Bartolone had an RBI single in his first at-bat with the Oilmen and Chris Marras had a two-run double that just missed clearing the left-field fence. The Foresters (1-5) had opportunities to cut into the Oilmen lead in the first four innings but Marras was a defensive stalwart behind the plate, throwing out three Rockford runners attempting to steal second.

Baar picked up a great time for his first hit of 2013 as he roped a two-run double to increase the Oilmen lead to 8-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Baar added two more RBI in the bottom of the seventh, making the score 11-0.

Joe Cochran, the Oilmen starter, went five innings, giving up no runs, six hits, walking one, hitting a batter and striking out four. He was relieved by James Hinkleman in the sixth.

The Oilmen announced before the game that Mike Coles is joining the team as their newest assistant coach. Coles starred at Hammond High and Purdue University before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2001. Coles also played with the RailCats and five other professional teams.

“I’ve been home for a while,” said Coles. “I’ve been an assistant coach at Bishop Noll the last couple of years, and when our season ended they asked me to come over here and help out. I’m a veteran now and that makes it kind of tough. I was released April 1, just a couple of weeks before the season started, I’ve talked to a couple of teams and hopefully I can catch on with a team that has needs that I can fill.”



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