07/17/2019 5:16 AM
Northwest Indiana Oilmen (16-12)
at Joliet Generals (10-11)
July 17, 2019 • 5 p.m. • Joliet, Ill. • Wayne L. King Junior Field
Broadcast: Oilmen Broadcasting Network (Facebook Live)
The Northwest Indiana Oilmen will look to keep playing their best baseball of the season on Wednesday in Joliet. The team is continuing a stretch of playing eight out of a nine on the road including five straight this week. The Oilmen are just one game behind Southland for the MCL lead.
- The Oilmen have gone from 10-11 to 16-12 by posting a 6-1 mark over their last seven games. The July hot stretch continued on Monday night as the team beat DuPage County 11-5, topping the Hounds for the first time this season.
- Jackson Dvorak is coming off a four-hit game against the Hounds and owns a team-high 24 RBIs thanks to a hot streak that has coincided with the team’s turnaround.
- The Oilmen will attempt to play uninterrupted in Joliet for the first time this season. These two teams were scheduled to play doubleheaders on two occasions at Wayne L. King Junior Field earlier in the year, but both times play was washed out by storms prior to Game 1 reaching the fifth inning.
- This is the third meeting of the year between the two teams with the Oilmen winning each of the first two. The Oilmen lead an all-time series that began in 2018 by a 7-4 count.
- Left-handed pitcher Jordan Petty takes the ball for the Oilmen on Wednesday. This marks the first time he has pitched at Wayne L. King Junior Field since Game 3 of the MCL Championship Series in 2016, when Petty pitched a complete game in a victory over the DuPage County Hounds to clinch NWI’s second MCL title.
- Petty is set to make his fourth appearance and third start as he stands at 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA. He beat the Generals in his last start, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings of an 8-4 win on July 7 at Oil City Stadium.
- The NWI southpaw will be opposed by Joliet RHP Jake Meyer, who owns a 9.64 ERA while walking 19 and striking out 14 in 14 innings of work. He has made six appearances and three starts and has yet to receive a decision.
- Joliet has dropped three of its last four and back-to-back games. The team hasn’t played since a 10-2 loss at Crestwood last Friday, so this will mark the Generals’ first action since the All-Star Break.
- The Oilmen enter Wednesday’s game with a 222-136 (.620) record since the team was founded in 2012.
- The Oilmen enter 2019 seeking their eighth straight playoff appearance and eighth consecutive winning season. This is the eighth year of the franchise’s existence.
- The Oilmen are looking to make it back-to-back league championships after going 4-0 in the 2018 MCL Playoffs with series sweeps of Southland and DuPage County.
- The Oilmen recovered from a 4-8 start with three of those first four wins coming against the Crestwood Panthers to win the 2018 MCL Championship.
- The Oilmen have reached the MCL Championship Series four times – 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2018, winning on three of those occasions – 2012, 2016 and 2018.
- The team won the league championship under manager Justin Huisman in its inaugural season in 2012, sweeping through the MCL Playoffs with series wins over DuPage County (semifinals) and the DeKalb County Liners (championship).
- The 2016 title involved sweeping the Joliet Admirals in the MCL Semifinal Series before winning a three-game set against DuPage County in the league championship.
- Alumni who have gone on to play professionally (Oilmen year/s, pro organization): Craig Dedelow (2014, White Sox), Matt Pobereyko (2013-2014, Mets), Zack Jones (2014-2017, Diamondbacks), Donivan Williams (2017, Cardinals), Marshawn Taylor (2016, Diamondbacks), Alec Olund (2015 & 2017, Frontier League), James Meeker (2014, Frontier League), Enrique Zamora (2015, Frontier League), Andrew Lowe (2014, Frontier League), Bill Miller (2012, Frontier League & Can-Am League), Kevin Franchetti (2012, Frontier League), Andy Wellwerts (2012, Frontier League), Danny Britt (2012, Frontier League).
- 2018 Award Winners: Jake Perreira MCL Championship Series MVP; Nate Montgomery MCL MVP; MCL All-League Team – Nate Montgomery, Zaid Walker, Nick Figus, Christian Howell; MCL All-Stars – Nick Figus, Brandon Petkoff, Nate Montgomery, Brendan Kelly, Alex Voss, Pedro Rodriguez, Zaid Walker, Jake Plastiak, Chad Patrick, Christian Howell.
- Kevin Tyrrell is in his first season as Oilmen manager. He succeeds Adam Enright, who was at the helm for four seasons from 2015-2018. Tyrrell, the third manager in Oilmen history, spent seven seasons as the head coach at the College of DuPage before joining the University of Chicago staff in 2019.
- Tyrrell managed the Midwest Collegiate League’s Rockford Foresters for one season in 2013 as the team played its entire schedule on the road.
- In each of Tyrrell’s last four seasons as the head coach at College of DuPage, the Chaparrals received votes in the NJCAA Division III Top 10, reaching as high as fourth nationally during the team’s 40-win season in 2016. He won 188 games as the head coach at the College of DuPage while instructing seven NJCAA All-Americans. His teams hit .300 or better in all seven seasons including a .348 team average in 2013. During his stint in DuPage, Tyrrell led a turnaround for a team that had won seven total games in 2011.
- Before taking over at DuPage, Tyrrell managed the Upper Deck Cougars travel baseball team, which reached the 2008 15U national championship game in Puerto Rico. A year later, the team won the 16U national title. His squad produced seven players who went on to get drafted and four who went on to play in the big leagues.
- Tyrrell played high school baseball at Montini Catholic in Illinois before serving as a three-year captain and four-year letter winner at Lewis University from 2003-2007. He graduated in 2007 with a double major in business administration and management information systems.
- Tyrrell’s staff includes pitching coach Kyle Klosak, a 2013 MCL All-Star with the Rockford Foresters and the pitching coach at the College of DuPage. Klosak played for Tyrrell during the 2013 MCL season. He pitched collegiately at Oakton Community College and Lewis University, where he graduated with a degree in sport management in 2015. He is currently the pitching coach at the College of DuPage.
- Director of Player Personnel and Development Scott Trcka doubles as a bench coach on Tyrrell’s staff. He has 27 seasons as a Major League Baseball scout under his belt with the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and San Diego Padres.
- Trcka’s track record of success is highlighted by the signing of Scott Rolen, a seven-time major league All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove Award winner. Rolen was selected in the second round of the 1993 draft. Trcka also signed the following Major League players as an area supervisor: Steve Parris (1989, fifth), Gary Bennett (1990, 11th), Mike Grace (1991, 10th), Tony Fiore (1992, 28th), David Doster (1993, 27th), Kevin Sefcik (1993, 33rd), Jason Boyd (1994, eighth) and Kevin Plawecki (2012, first, 35th overall selection).
- Trcka’s impressive resume also includes recommending the following major league players as a crosschecker: Pat Burrell, Jason Michaels, Jorge Padilla, Brett Myers, Marlon Byrd, Gavin Floyd, Khalil Greene, Tim Stauffer, Colt Morton, Dirk Hayhurst and Aaron Nola.
- During Trcka’s youth, his late father Dick inspired him to pursue a career in baseball. Dick was a legendary coach at Calumet High School in Hammond.