Updated: July 16, 2013 6:25AM
WHITING — The Northwest Indiana Oilmen pounded out 15 hits and easily defeated the Rockford Foresters 12-2 Thursday.
The Oilmen (6-3, 5-2 MCL) got a strong outing from Lake Central graduate Jimmy McNamara, who went 62/3 for the win. Jake Czeszewski, Leiff Clarkson, Tyler Baar, Joe Houlihan and Gerrad Rohan all had multi-hit games for the Oilmen.
“That’s a lot,” Oilmen coach Justin Huisman said of the 24 runs and 35 hits his team has pounded out in two games against Rockford. “Sometimes (pitching with the lead) makes you relax out there but Jimmy (McNamara) seemed to get stronger as the game went on.”
The Foresters (1-6) did something in the top of the first that they couldn’t do on Tuesday night, score a run as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Dwayne Hysmith coaxed a walk from McNamara to lead off the game and came around to score on Kevin Usselman’s sacrifice fly.
The Oilmen got the run back in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Clarkson but Forester starter Kyle Klosak pitched out of a bases-loaded jam with minimal damage. The Oilmen added three runs in the bottom the third to take a 4-1 lead. Clarkson led off the inning with a triple and was driven in on a Baar groundout. Rohan had an RBI single and Cody Dykema came home from third on a wild pitch by Klosak.
Dominic Biagini, who was talking to himself on the previous pitch from McNamara, took him deep over the right-center-field fence to cut the Oilmen lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth.
The Oilmen added two more in the bottom of the fourth as Baar picked up his second RBI of the night and sixth in the last two games and Nick Bartolone had a sacrifice fly to give the Oilmen a 6-2 advantage. The Oilmen blew the game open in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs.
The big blow of the inning was a two-run triple by Bartolone.