By: Adam Johnson
It’s safe to say that everything went right for the Hounds’ tonight as they cruised to an easy 12-3 victory over the Michigan City Lakers. The story of the night centers on the Hounds’ explosive bats that put up double digit runs for the first time in nearly three weeks. The Hounds’ batsmen love nothing more than coming to play in Michigan City as they have now put up a combined 19 runs after two games in the Lakers home park so far this season. The pitching was not to shabby tonight either as the Hounds’ hurlers only gave up one earned run on four hits while striking out a total of seven.
Manager Sean Osborne really shook the lineup up this evening as he slated catcher Hunter Morris in the leadoff spot for the first time this season where he went one for three with a single and a run scored. Ryan Taylor subbed in behind the dish for the second half of the contest where he too went one for three with a base knock.
Hounds’ leading hitter Trent Carrier batted out of the two-hole where he went two for four with two doubles and two runs scored. The younger of the two Carrier brothers, Shane hit out of the cleanup spot where he clubbed a double and two singles that drove in three runs. He also came around to score two of the 12 Hound runs.
Tonight’s offensive hero was Bobby Wenthe whose bat finally awoke with some serious power tonight as went four for five a single, two doubles and a no doubter homerun that he crushed to straight away center field. Wenthe finished the game with two RBIs and also scored a game high four runs.
Matt Wollnik had another strong night at the plate going two for four with a double and single that lead to three RBIs and one run scored. Dustin Krob crushed a double that lead to a RBI and Joe Duncan also reached base on hard hit single.
Emerson Misch was the other Hounds’ batsman to crack a homer in tonight’s slugfest as his two-run bomb came on a crisp line drive that exited right over the right field fence.
Usual Hounds’ third baseman Richie Gorski was handed the ball for the first time this season where he threw the first two innings, giving up no runs on one hit while striking out one. Chris Grazioli picked up his first win out the pen, going five innings and giving up three runs on only one hit while striking out two. Nick Constantino came on for the third straight day to handle the last two innings where he gave up no runs on one hit while striking out four.
For the Lakers, Scott Capers had their lone extra base hit that came on a line drive double in the bottom half of the ninth. Joe Kennedy, Collin Willis and Jay Resendez each went one for four with a single. First baseman Jerry Hodges reached base in all four of his plate appearances on walks.
The Hounds’ (9-3) next action will take place on Saturday, June 20th against the Joliet Admirals (4-4) where they will be playing in their first double header of the season starting at 1:00 PM (CT) at the LHS Sports Complex. The Hounds’ previously won the first matchup this season with the Admirals back on June 3rd by a score of 10-2.
Box Score: https://gc.com/game-556915050a8ef3000d1cdf13/stats
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