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Late inning surge helps Hounds cruise past Bloomington

By: Adam Johnson
After a string of mixed results these past few weeks, it looks as if the Hounds are finally putting together all of the necessary pieces it takes to win ballgames. The offense is resilient, the pitching is sound and the gloves are reliable. Those are the necessary qualities a good team must display when moving into the dog days of summer and those were the qualities that were displayed Wednesday night in the Hounds 12-4 victory over Bloomington. This has all coming at an opportune time as well, while the teams at the top of the standings have been trending downward, the boys from DuPage have been heading upward.
Joe Engel continues to prove that his bat belongs in the coveted three hole in the lineup as he went one for five on the day with a long home run to left-center. Brandon Post is back to his ways of being an on-base machine as he reached base four times in his five trips on two hit by pitches and two singles. He also drove in a run.
The RBI master himself, Tyler Tesmond drove in another three runs on the day after going three for five at the plate with a single and two doubles. Despite not reaching base, Joey Roberson drove in two key Hounds runs on the day that came in the form of two groundouts early, one of which gave DuPage a go-ahead, 5-4 lead in the sixth.
Billy Hayes continues to see his average climb as he went one for two at the dish with a two-run, RBI single. He also reached base two other times after drawing two walks. John Dreveny continues to drive in runs as well as he went one for four on the day with a RBI single. Finally, Eric Giltz joined in on the twelve run fun as he went one for four with a two RBI double.
Hounds ace, Chase Lowman continues to prove his case for the top pitcher in the Midwest Collegiate League. Chase threw an easy seven innings Wednesday night in which he surrendered just four runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out six. He was then followed by a long-time familiar face out of the pen, Nick Alfini who came in and locked down the final two innings in which he allowed just one hit while striking out one. 
For Bloomington, Cody Rodgers and Nick Brunson led the way offensively as they both reached base twice on two singles. Grant Anderson followed by reaching base three times on two walks and a double. Nick Green, Kurtis Minton and Garret Shea rounded out the rest of the Bobcats hit total by all reaching base once on a base knock.
Although he had a no hitter through the first four innings, Bobcat starter Nick Brune was handed the loss after going five and one thirds innings in which he gave up five runs (two earned) on just three hits while striking out two. Lucas Hall came on for two and a thirds innings in which he gave up just one hit. The Hounds then exploded into the trio of Nick Alvarado, Bubba Henry and Blade Matthews over the next two innings in which the three allowed nine runners to cross the plate. 
The Hounds next ballgame is Thursday, June 30th at 5:00pm at the Lemont High School Sports Complex against the Southland Vikings. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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