Oilmen lose in 15 innings, fall into first-place tie in MCL
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent June 30, 2013 10:52PM
Updated: August 2, 2013 7:34AM
WHITING — Nine innings wasn’t going to be enough; not for this game.
After five hours and 15 innings of baseball, it was the DuPage County Hounds coming out on top of the Northwest Indiana Oilmen with a 13-12 victory, moving the Hounds and Oilmen into a three-way tie for first place in the MCL along with the Lexington Snipes.
Exactly one year prior, the Oilmen set the franchise record for longest game with a 12-inning contest against the Illinois Lincolns. This game surpassed that record, thanks to a pair of offenses that were unable to capitalize in extra innings.
“I think both teams had a lot of chances — I thought we had a few more — but we just didn’t come through at the end of the game,” said Oilmen manager Justin Huisman.
The Oilmen left the bases loaded in the 11th inning and stranded two more runners in the 13th inning. Then in the 15th inning, Alex Hegge hit a sacrifice fly for the Hounds, driving in Chase Toth for the deciding run.
The game nearly ended in the 13th inning, after the Hounds grabbed a run in the top half of the inning off Oilmen reliever Aveeno Nasiloski — the first run he’d allowed this season. But Nick Bartolone quickly tied the game in the bottom half of the frame with the Oilmen’s first home run of the season.
Sunday night’s lengthy contest allowed the Oilmen to make up for some missed innings this week, when four of their six games were rained out.
“I guess that’s the one good thing; some guys got more at-bats and more work on the mound. But if you play that long, you want to win,” said Huisman. “They might be a little bit sore, but these guys are young. They’ll be fine. Especially with an off day coming up on Tuesday.”
The game’s first nine innings featured three lead changes and three tied scores, as the Oilmen bounced back from an early 1-0 deficit, led 10-5 after six innings, but watched that lead evaporate into an 11-11 deadlock after the eighth inning.