06/07/2014 1:15 AM
Northwest Indiana Oilmen (3-4)
at Michigan City Lakers (5-3)
June 7, 2014 • 1 p.m. (CT) • Michigan City, Ind.
It was a classic pitcher’s duel on Friday night at Oil City Stadium as Dan Snyder bested Keith Mahler. Snyder lasted seven innings and surrendered only an unearned tally, while Mahler took a tough-luck loss allowing one run over six frames. Nick Latham doubled and drove in two to lead the Michigan City offense. Kevin DeFilippis accounted for two of the three Oilmen hits in the game.
Inside the Oilmen
Excluding a 13-run outpouring against Joliet on June 30, the Oilmen have struggled to score runs this season. NWI is averaging 2.3 runs per game in its other six contests this season. The Oilmen have been limited to two runs or fewer on four different occasions through the first seven games of the season. During the 2012 Midwest Collegiate League Championship series, the Oilmen were held to two runs or fewer just four times all season. The Oilmen are below .500 for the first time since starting 1-2 in 2013. The Oilmen must win on Saturday to avoid falling to two games under .500 for the first time in team history.
Inside the Lakers
The Lakers are in their second season of playing nonleague games against Midwest Collegiate League opponents. In addition to the games against the Oilmen, Michigan City meets the Southland Vikings on June 24, July 1, July 7 and July 11. After hosting the Oilmen on Saturday, the Lakers hit the road for three games as they visit the Romeoville Royals, Beecher Muskies and South Bend Yankees. The Lakers are playing their home games at Marquette Athletic Complex this season after previously playing at Diamond Cove Park.
About the Matchup
The Oilmen and Lakers have been facing off in nonleague games since the 2013 season. The Oilmen hold a 5-3 lead in the all-time series with Michigan City after last night’s loss. A season ago, NWI went 3-1 in games played in Michigan City. Saturday’s game is the second of three meetings between the two teams this season.
Around the League
DuPage County has rapped off six straight victories to start the season. The Hounds are not only off to the best start in franchise history, but they have also set the record for the longest winning streak in DuPage history. The Chicago Zephyrs picked up their first win of the season on Friday night, rallying for five runs in the eighth inning to stun the Southland Vikings 5-4.
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