By: Adam Johnson
The Hounds broke in their new “Dog Pound” at the Lemont High School Athletic Complex in loud fashion tonight, stomping the Joliet Admirals 10-2. It’s safe to say that the Hounds (2-0) did not leave their bats in Michigan City as they continued to rake, putting up a whopping 19 hits as a team. In the lone two games the Hounds' have played this season, their offense has scored a combined 17 runs on 29 hits. Tonight's win was a clear team effort, as each and everyone in the Hounds’ lineup put up big numbers in many different areas.
Once again, Joe Duncan got the ball rolling out of the leadoff spot where he reached base three times on three singles, drove in one run and stole two more bases.
Trent Carrier continues to be the driving force behind the Hounds’ offensive onslaught as he went four for five tonight with one double and three runs batted in.
Ryan Fitzgerald, Shane Carrier and Emerson Misch continued their impressive offensive production as each of them had two hit and the trio drove in a combined three RBIs.
The Hounds’ combination of catchers did not disappoint either. Mike Roberson started the game behind the dish and hit a booming double to dead center that missed clearing the fence by a mere inches in his lone at bat. Hunter Morris took the remaining four at bats where he mustered up two walks and smacked a frozen rope triple.
Matt Wollnik reached base twice on one hit and one walk and Bobby Wenthe drove in an RBI on a thunderous fly ball to the fence that was ultimately caught, resulting in a sac fly.
Offense was not the only side of the ball that dominated for the Hounds tonight as the pitchers came to play as well. Nick Constantino pitched a quality six innings, striking out four batters and only surrendering one earned run. DJ Eckert came in and shut down the Admirals in the final three innings, allowing no runs on only one hit. The most impressive stat of the night might be that neither one of the pitchers allowed a free pass.
For Joliet, Micah Coffey, Jack Martin, Justin Kovalsky, JT Sole and Troy Payton each had one hit. Josh Bergbreiter and Alex Wolanski each had two. Ryan Hutchinson had the lone Admiral RBI.
Tonight’s dominating win pushes the Hounds to 2-0 on the year, marking their first win streak of the season. The Hounds will look to add to that win streak tomorrow at 5:00 PM (CT) in Lexington, IL as they take on the Lexington Snipes (0-1) at High Desert Field.
Final Box Score: https://gc.com/game-556e6f0e41fd08003f000002/stats
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