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Oilmen ready for first-ever meeting with Jackers

06/11/2015 1:29 PM -

Fort Wayne Jackers (5-1)
at Northwest Indiana Oilmen (6-2)

June 13, 2015 • 7:10 p.m. • Whiting, Ind.
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Pitching Matchup
NWI's Tyler Loesher (Kishwaukee / Woodstock, Ill.) vs. Joey Filosa (Ohio Dominican)
For Starters
The Northwest Indiana Oilmen have scored five runs or more in all eight games this season. For comparison, the Oilmen scored five runs or more in only three of their first eight games a year ago. The Oilmen are hitting .267 as a team and hold a 2.65 team ERA. They have mounted late rallies in both home games so far this season, scoring three in the ninth but falling in extras against Joliet and rallying for four in the seventh to beat DuPage County. The makeup date for Friday’s rainout against Lexington has been set for Monday, July 13 at 6:10.
Inside the Oilmen
Richard Yelnick has been near-perfect, not allowing an earned run in 8 2/3 innings of relief this season. Enrique Zamora picked up a win in his first start as an Oilman, allowing three runs over seven innings on Thursday. Josh Turnock, who is in Saturday’s lineup as the designated hitter, leads the team in on-base percentage at .524. Tyler Sroczynski, who will lead off and play center field on Saturday, holds a team-best .458 average. Tyler Loesher, a 6-foot-11 right-hander, will make his Oilmen debut as Saturday’s starting pitcher. Loesher (Kishwaukee Community College / Woodstock, Ill.) pitched in the Midwest Collegiate League in 2012, when he appeared in six games for the Rockford Foresters.  
Inside the Jackers
The Fort Wayne Jackers hold a 5-1 record entering Saturday’s game at Oil City Stadium. They will start Joey Filosa on Saturday night. Filosa, an Ohio Dominican hurler, has a 4.20 ERA in five innings of work this season. The Jackers are coming off a 6-2 win over the Fort Wayne Marlins on Thursday. Four first-inning runs lifted the Jackers to victory. Roger Davis (Jackson College) and Anthony Jerrell (Benedictine) are expected to pitch in relief on Saturday. Jerrell has not allowed an earned run in three innings this season.
About the Matchup
Saturday evening marks the first-ever meeting between the Oilmen and Jackers. It’s the first time this year that the Oilmen will play a team that is not a member of the Midwest Collegiate League. The Oilmen are scheduled to make a return trip to Fort Wayne at 6:30 Central Time on Wednesday, July 8.
Around the Midwest Collegiate League
All three games scheduled to take place on Friday were wiped out by rain. With neither the Oilmen nor the DuPage County Hounds playing a league game on Saturday, the two teams will enter Sunday afternoon’s showdown at Oil City Stadium locked in a first-place tie.
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