By: Adam Johnson
After losing a heart breaker the previous night to the NWI Oilmen, the Hounds were eager to take the field and take their frustration out on another Midwest Collegiate League opponent. It’s safe to say that the Hounds’ didn’t leave anything left in the tank against the Southland Vikings after they produced 11 runs on a whopping 16 hits while the pitchers held the opposition to only three runs on five hits. The Hounds wasted no time to step on the neck of their opponent as eight of those eleven runs came in the first inning.
Zac Taylor led it off for Hounds and went two for six in the contest with two singles. Hunter Morris hit right behind him and picked up two hits as well in his five plate appearances, smacking a single and a double while driving in one run.
The defensive wizard Ryan Fitzgerald slid back up into the three hole where he went reached base four times in all four of his attempts, reaching on a walk and three singles.
Johnny Peltz hit cleanup and smashed one double in his six plate appearances that drove in a run. The other Taylor brother, Ryan hit fifth and went one for five with a single and a RBI.
The big bat of the day was once again in the hands of Bobby Wenthe who crushed a first inning three-run homer as well a single and a double.
Dustin Krob continues to see his batting average climb after he went three for five in the game with three singles. Michael Wisz reached base twice on a line drive single and a walk.
The lefty Nick Alfini took the mound for his third start of the season and the 2015 All-Star continues to impress. He went a solid four innings in which he gave up no runs on two hits while striking out four. The only Hounds’ pitcher who the Vikings could carve anything out of was Ethan Gasbarro who went the next one and two-thirds inning in which he allowed three runs on one hit while walking six. Richie Gorski took the hill for only the second time this season and his surprise work continues to be impressive. Over his two and one-thirds innings he allowed no runs on one hit while striking out two. Finally, All Star catcher Billy Hayes came into throw the final frame where he gave up no runs on one hit.
For Southland, Kendall King and Jesse Forestell each had two hits, while Sanford Hunt picked up the only other Viking hit. Colton Lopez started the game on the mound and fell victim to the Hounds’ hot bats for the second time this season, giving up ten runs on eleven hits. Michael Shereyk came on in aid of Lopez and went five innings in which he gave up no runs on three hits. Finally, Mitch Prickett threw the final frame, giving up one run on two hits.
The Hounds’ (14-7) next contest will be a double header against the Michigan City Lakers on Sunday, July 5th starting at 1:00 PM (CT) in Michigan City. The Hounds currently lead that season series four games to none.
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