Oilmen rally late for victory
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent July 3, 2013 11:30PM
Updated: August 5, 2013 6:45PM
MICHIGAN CITY — For seven innings, Michigan City Lakers starter Kyle Marburger had kept the NWI Oilmen offense in check.
But three runs in the final two innings led the Oilmen to yet another come-from-behind victory, this one by a 3-2 score in Wednesday night’s exhibition matchup.
“With all the days off we’ve had and having a down day at the plate, to pull out a win today was huge,” Oilmen (15-6, 10-5 MCL) manager Justin Huisman said. “Hopefully next time we come out swinging the bats and get rolling.”
Trailing 2-0 in the eighth inning, Lowell product Craig Austgen singled and Anthony Bova walked. By the time NWI’s No. 2 hitter Leiff Clarkson stepped to the plate, those two had advanced to scoring position — but there were two outs.
Clarkson ripped a single through the middle, scoring a pair of runs.
“We just had to stay back and get a good pitch to hit,” said Clarkson, who went 2-for-4 in the game. “I didn’t feel any pressure; I just tried to stay calm and focused. If you put too much pressure on yourself, then you try and do too much.”
In the ninth, Andrean graduate Kenny Mahala drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Gerrad Rohan’s bunt single. When Nick Saldutti grounded into a 4-6 fielder’s choice, an attempted turn of the double play sailed high, allowing Mahala to round third and score the game-winning run.
It was a quick outing for starting pitcher and Munster native Scott Jerge, who surrendered two runs in 12/3 innings of work. From there, however, four Oilmen arms combined to keep the score close.
Joe Cochran pitched 31/3 innings, allowing just one hit. Mike Hanchar — an Andrean graduate — gave up just one hit without surrendering a run in the sixth and seventh innings.
Aveeno Nasiloski, a Gavit product, pitched a scoreless eighth inning, giving him the winning decision. Matt Pobereyko, from Bishop Noll, overcame a leadoff walk in the ninth to pick up the save.