NWI’s Jimmy McNamara tosses gem as Oilmen beat Lexington
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent June 20, 2013 11:08PM
Updated: July 22, 2013 7:14PM
WHITING — Perhaps Jimmy McNamara thought he was back at Lake Central.
That’s because the performance delivered by the former Indians hurler on Thursday night was identical to many of his outings during his high school career.
Working at the quick pace that is his hallmark, McNamara threw eight scoreless innings, yielding five hits with only one walk and racking up seven strikeouts, as the Oilmen topped the Lexington Snipes 3-0.
“That was the first time in a while that I’ve had that feeling of being in the zone,” said the 2011 Post-Tribune Player of the Year. “I was just comfortable. After three or four innings, yeah, it felt like high school.”
Four of the innings completed by McNamara went in 1-2-3 fashion, as he threw 101 pitches while improving his record to 2-0 in a game that lasted just over two hours.
“I got ahead of a lot of guys; I think that helped,” said McNamara. “I think I threw first-pitch strikes to about 75 percent of the batters.”
NWI needed just one run to earn the victory, and that came in the fifth inning, when Nick Bartolone’s bases-loaded grounder to first was bobbled, scoring Ty Hogan from third. The Oilmen then added two more in the sixth on an Anthony Bova single and a Rashawn Tillman sacrifice fly.
Aveeno Nasiloski did load the bases in the ninth inning, but escaped the jam unharmed to earn the save.
It was the sixth outing of the year for Nasiloski, who is still yet to allow a run this season.