06/10/2015 1:45 PM
Joliet Admirals (1-4)
at Northwest Indiana Oilmen (5-1)
June 10, 2015 • 7:10 p.m. • Whiting, Ind.
Radio: AM 1230 WJOB
Internet Broadcast: nwioilmen.com
NWI’s Brian Jestice (Evansville / Hoffman Estates, Ill.) v. Joliet’s Nick Allgeyer (Iowa)
The Oilmen officially begin the fourth summer of baseball in Northwest Indiana on Wednesday with the home opener at Oil City Stadium. The Oilmen are 2-1 all-time in home openers, defeating Southland in 2012, falling to Lexington in 2013 and besting Lexington in 2014. This marks the latest the Oilmen have ever opened up the home portion of the schedule. Entering Wednesday, the Oilmen have played at every team’s field in the league besides their own.
Inside the Oilmen
The Oilmen have captured victories in five of their first six games and have not trailed in any of their wins. They improved to 4-0 all-time in shortened games by picking up a five-inning, 7-4 victory over Lexington on Sunday afternoon at High Desert Field. Jordan Lewis launched his second home run of the year and now owns both of Northwest Indiana’s long balls this season. The Oilmen send Evansville’s Brian Jestice to the mound on Wednesday for his second start of the year. In his first game, he went 6 1/3 innings and yielded two runs on eight hits in a 5-3 victory over Joliet on June 4. Jestice displayed great control, issuing no walks while striking out seven. The Oilmen scored exactly five runs in each of their first four games of the season, before scoring seven runs on both Saturday and Sunday.
Inside the Admirals
The Admirals have scuffled to a 1-4 start and sit in fifth place in the Midwest Collegiate League standings. Iowa pitcher Nick Allgeyer will oppose the Oilmen for the second time this season. His only prior start this year came on opening day, June 1 in Joliet, as he took the defeat while working six innings of three-run, five-hit baseball. Allgeyer issued three walks and struck out three. Joliet holds a team ERA of 5.31 and a team batting average of .242 through the first week of the season.
About the Matchchup
The Oilmen and Admirals are already hooking up for the third time this year, with the Oilmen winning the first two meetings 5-2 and 5-3. The Oilmen are 18-3 all-time in games against the franchise – including games when the team was known as the Rockford Foresters. Northwest Indiana is 11-2 in games played at Oil City Stadium against Rockford/Joliet.
Around the League
The DuPage County Hounds scored four times in the eighth and once in the ninth to secure a 10-4 win over Southland on Tuesday, a game that was originally scheduled for Sunday but was postponed due to rain. Noah Masa got the win by tossing seven innings while yielding four runs on seven hits. The Hounds, who host the Lakers on Wednesday, are now involved in a first-place tie with the Oilmen.
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