Oilmen jump back into first place in MCL
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent June 19, 2013 10:14PM
Updated: July 22, 2013 6:32PM
WHITING — At the beginning of the game, the Lexington Snipes — the MCL’s newest member — were tied atop the league standings with the DuPage County Hounds.
Nine innings later, the NWI Oilmen had regained their perch, defeating the Snipes 10-5 to move a half game ahead of both the Snipes (7-3) and Hounds (7-3).
The Oilmen (8-3) scored eight total runs in the seventh and eighth innings with the entire lineup contributing, making their 3-2 deficit after six innings a memory.
“It’s fun; it makes coaching a lot more fun over there at third base when you’ve got guys that can run and guys that can hit with power,” Oilmen manager Justin Huisman said.
The strong offensive performance backed up a solid day on the mound for a trio of region products. Andrean grad Mike Hanchar made the start, pitching 51/3 innings and allowing only two runs before being forced to exit after taking a line drive off the leg. Huisman said Hanchar is expected to be okay.
Danny Pobereyko — a Bishop Noll alum — entered next, inheriting a bases-loaded, one-out jam. Pobereyko escaped the situation, only allowing two runs to score.
“I was just trying to throw some strikes,” said Pobereyko. “It was a little nerve-wracking, but you just have to power through that and get the job done.”
After two innings of work, he gave way to older brother Matt, who kept Lexington scoreless in his 12/3 innings of work.
“Our starters keep getting us late into the game, and we’ve only had three innings of work to do,” the elder Pobereyko said of the key to the bullpen’s success so far in 2013.
“They both battle,” Huisman said of the Pobereykos. “They’re not intimidated. Danny went out there in the tightest situation he’s seen so far and I was excited to see how he’d respond do it. That inning could have spiraled out of control. Then Matt came in and did what he does best: shut them down.”