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Oilmen take second place in MCL with win over Snipes

Updated: August 24, 2013 6:36AM



WHITING—The playoff-bound NWI Oilmen jumped earned sole possession of second place in the MCL standings on Monday night with an 5-2 victory over the Lexington Snipes.

The Oilmen clinched one of four MCL playoff berths over the weekend, then bolstered their playoff seeding thanks in large part to another quality start from Lake Central product Jimmy McNamara.

The lefty went eight innings, allowing two runs—one earned—on seven hits and no walks while racking up six strikeouts, rebounding from last week’s start where he allowed a season-high three earned runs.

“That was my worst outing of the season last week. I definitely had the incentive to be better tonight,” said McNamara, who ran his record to 4-0.

Oilmen manager Justin Huisman said he saw McNamara throw, “more strikes. He was down in the zone a lot, getting ground balls and strikeouts. He had the changeup working all night and kept them off balance.”

A diving catch by right fielder Rashawn Tillman and a slick double play turned by second baseman Craig Austgen—a Lowell graduate—aided McNamara on the mound.

“With a guy like McNamara out there, (the other team) isn’t going to get a lot of opportunities,” said Huisman. “If they get squandered by good defense, then you just feel defeated. I think that’s what happened to them.”

NWI’s offense also backed up the pitching, scoring at least one run in four consecutive innings, beginning with Andrean alum Kenny Mahala’s solo home run in the second inning.

“I just sat back on the curve ball, (Lexington starter Josh Tonozzi) hung it, so I was swinging,” Mahala said of the homer, which was his first of the season.

The Oilmen added one run in the third and fourth innings, then put up a pair of runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead.

Lexington scored twice in the sixth, but McNamara kept the Snipes’ bats silent in the seventh and eighth to preserve lead. Then Bishop Noll alum Matt Pobereyko pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.



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