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Bloomington’s dominating performance hands Hounds their first loss of the season

By: Adam Johnson
Wednesday’s contest between the Bobcats of Bloomington and your DuPage Hounds gave us something that we haven’t often seen in the last few years of Midwest Collegiate League baseball and that’s the Hounds getting blown out. Not a lot went right for the boys in blue and gold tonight as they dropped their first game of the year by a score of, 9-0. After opening the season with three-straight dominating wins, it was the Hounds that found themselves on the wrong end of a win tonight. To Bloomington’s credit, they played a near perfect ballgame as they strung together ten team hits and their duo of pitchers allowed just seven total base runners.
Hounds’ centerfielder, Tyler Tesmond continued his offensive success tonight as he went two for four at the dish with two base knocks. Catcher Nick Blomgren also found himself on base twice via a single and a walk. The other two outfielders, Brandon Post and Zach Girard had the other two Hounds’ hits as they both went one for three with a single.
After a dominating first outing, Hounds’ starting pitcher Chase Lowman ran into a bit of trouble early on during tonight’s performance. Bloomington squeezed Lowman for two runs in the first inning thanks to a walk, a single and a wild pitch. The Bobcats then tacked on their next three runs in the top of the third. Despite those two innings, Lowman threw an overall quality game as only three out of the five runs given up were earned over his five innings of work.
Tony Iero came on to throw the final four innings of the contest where he too was efficient, but the Bobcat bats happened to stay hot through all nine innings. Bloomington threw together another three spot, this time off Iero in the top of the seventh. They scored their ninth and final run in the ninth. Iero’s final line on the night read four innings of seven hit ball in which he surrendered four, but he did however strike out an impressive five batters.
Garret Shea led the Bobcat’s hit parade by going four for five with a double, three singles and four RBIs. Nick Brunson wasn’t far behind him with his two for four performance that saw him reach base twice on a double, a single and a RBI. He also reached base a third time after drawing a walk. 
Cody Rogers reached base twice in his four at bats on two singles. Pat Mollo drove in two runs on a line-drive single and Ryan Scott rounded out the ten team hits by reaching once on a base knock.
The story of the night does not stop at the hot Bloomington bats, as their talent on the mound shined as well. Starter Nick Brune dominated Hounds hitter over his six innings of work in which he allowed only four hits while striking out six and walking just two. Reliever Blade Matthews picked up right where Brune left off after he threw three innings of just one hit ball to close out the contest.
The Hounds will be looking to bounce back this Thursday, June 2nd at 5:00pm against the Southland Vikings (2-2) at the Lemont High School Sports Complex. The Hounds currently lead the season series, 1-0. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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