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Hounds bounce back with victory over the Vikings

By: Adam Johnson
For the second-straight time this year, the boys from DuPage brought their A-games to the field to help them take down the Vikings from Southland. After getting shut out last night against the Bobcats, the Hounds managed to plate six runs on seven hits. The pitching wasn’t too shabby either as the combination of Peter Hamot and Christian Bockich managed to keep the Viking bats at bay. 
For the first time this season, the Hounds had a different leadoff man that wasn’t named Joe Engel. Tonight, it was Dustin Krob who manned the top spot where he went two for four with two singles and a RBI. He also reached base a third time after drawing a walk. Billy Hayes’ bat was back in action as he went two for three with two singles and three RBIs. He too reached base a third time after drawing a walk. 
Chris Macahon was a perfect four for four on base after knocking two base hits and working two walks. Finally, the trusty Zach Girard rounded out the Hounds batting order for the fifth-straight game where he reached base twice on a RBI single and a base on balls. 
Peter Hamot picked up his second win of the season after going five innings in which he allowed only two runs on six hits while striking out six . Christian Bockich, one of the many lock-down relievers in the Hounds pen allowed just one run on one hit while striking out five, earning him his first save of the season.
Raphe Gross and Tyler Crussen led the way for the Vikings offensively as they both reached base twice on a pair of singles. Aaron Fuller was the only Viking credited with RBIs as he drove in two on a base hit. Last week’s Midwest Collegiate Player of the Week, Jalin McMillian went one for three with a single. He also reached base two additional times on walks. Colin Bauer rounded out Southland’s seven hits after being credited with a base hit. He too also reached base a second time via the walk.
The Vikings used a slew of arms in tonight’s contest, deploying a total of five arms. After a two innings of scoreless ball from Southland’s starter, Mario Samuel came in to throw the next three innings and that’s where the Hounds broke it open. The Hounds tagged Samuel for five runs on six on hits between the third and fourth innings. Alex Lisak came on to throw the sixth where he pitched a perfect one-two-three inning while striking out one. DuPage picked up their sixth and final run off Wade Davis in the seventh after he allowed three walks and a hit. Finally, Xavier Luna threw the ninth where he allowed no runs while striking out two and walking two.
The Hounds next contest will be this Friday, June 3rd at 5:00pm against the Joliet Admirals (2-4) at the Lemont High School Sports Complex. The Hounds currently lead that season series, 1-0. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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