06/29/2015 12:18 AM -
June 30, 2015 • 7:10 p.m. • Whiting, Ind.
Radio: AM 1230 WJOB
Internet Broadcast: nwioilmen.com
NWI’s Tyler Loesher (Kishwaukee Community College / Woodstock, Ill.) vs. Michigan City’s John Cristo (Purdue Calumet / Munster, Ind.)
The Oilmen enter Tuesday’s game on a four-game winning streak. They are off to a 4-0 start to the homestand and have outscored the opposition 36-3. Oilmen starting pitchers have a 0.00 ERA in the four games, totaling 29 2/3 innings of work. The Oilmen are coming off the most lopsided win in team history, a 13-0 walloping of Southland on Sunday. The Oilmen had won by 12 runs on multiple occasions, but never by more than a dozen until Sunday’s game. If history is any indication, Tuesday’s game could be destined for extra innings. The Oilmen have played on June 30 twice in team history, with both going beyond the scheduled nine. They fell 13-12 in 15 innings against DuPage County in 2013, a year to the day after falling 6-5 in 12 innings to the Illinois Lincolns.
Inside the Oilmen
Brad Wood reached base an impressive six times on Sunday. He was not the first person in team history to do so, as Jack Czeszewski did the same with five hits and a walk in Game 2 of the 2013 MCL Semifinal Series against Lexington. Wood’s big day – which included a bunt single, two-run homer and four walks – allowed him to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Stefano Belmont collected four hits and drove in five on Sunday. Tyler Loesher makes his third start of the season on Tuesday evening.
Inside the Lakers
Purdue Calumet’s John Cristo will make his season debut for Michigan City as Tuesday’s starting pitcher. The Munster graduate is entering his senior season with the Peregrines. As a junior, he was used exclusively as a position player, hitting .280 in 38 games. Cristo has played two seasons with the Lakers. Michigan City enters Tuesday on a high note after capturing two of three in a tripleheader against Lexington on Sunday.
About the Matchup
The Lakers are the only team in the Midwest Collegiate League that leads its season series with the Oilmen. Michigan City triumphed in the first two meetings of the year – both in Michigan City – before the Oilmen prevailed 12-3 last Thursday at Oil City Stadium. The Lakers handed Northwest Indiana its most recent losses, 13-12 on June 21. The Oilmen are 8-5 all-time against the Lakers.
Around the MCL
The Vikings and Snipes engaged in a doubleheader at Jack Horenberger Field on Tuesday. The Hounds play an exhibition game against the Beecher Muskies, while the Admirals have the night off.
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