Weekend Roundup: Hounds rattle off four straight to take a one and a half game lead in the standings
By: Adam Johnson
Friday vs. NWI
Another busy weekend kicked off this past Friday for the Hounds where they started off their four-game stretch by taking on their heated rival, the NWI Oilmen. Unlike last week, the boys from DuPage were able to get the job done in Whiting, Indiana as the Hounds took home a much-needed and well-deserved win as they sailed passed the Oilmen by a score of 5-3.
Dane Toppel continues to stay hot in the top third of the Hounds lineup as he went two for five at the dish with a single and a double. Joe Engel continues to produce out of his familiar three spot where he reached base three times in five tries on two walks and a single.
Brandon Post continues to make his case for the most productive clean up man in the MCL as he went three for five with three singles and a RBI. Ryan Krob kicked off an unbelievably hot weekend by going one for five with a two-run double.
The man of many talents, John Dreveny, continues to produce when called upon. He reached base three times in his four trips to the plate on two walks and a RBI double. Tyler Tesmond continues to get on base no matter where you place him in the order as he went one for three with a single while Zach Girard turned the lineup over after reaching base twice in his three tries on a walk and a single.
The star of the game however came from a long-time Hounds favorite, Nick Alfini. Alfini totally took control of the ballgame from start to finish as he threw all nine innings for the Hounds in which he allowed just three runs on eight hits while striking out five. His stellar performance earned him his second win of the season.
Saturday vs. Joliet
Saturday’s game offered something we haven’t seen out of the Hounds in a few games and that's an offensive explosion. DuPage threw together a whopping thirteen hits in their hard-fought 11-10 win over the Joliet Admirals. This win has and will prove to be a very crucial one for the Hounds at this point in the season as these two teams have been battling it out for the top spot in the MCL all season. With this win, the Hounds moved into first place, a half a game ahead of the Admirals following Saturday’s contests.
Dustin Krob seems to be back to his old self after he went three for four out of the leadoff spot with two singles, a double and a RBI. He also reached base a fourth time after drawing a walk. Zach Girard slid into the top third of the lineup for Saturday’s contest where he reached base three times on two walks and a RBI single.
The usual three-four combo of Joe Engel and Brandon Post continue to be one of the best in the league as Engel reached base twice in four tries on after being hit by pitch and smacking a single while Post led the team in RBIs once again after going two for four with two singles and three runs batted in.
The hot bat of Ryan Krob went one for three with a RBI single. He also reached base a second time after drawing a base on balls. Tyler Tesmond joined in on the fun by going one for four with a base knock.
The big bat of Javier Martinez continues to produce as he went three for five at the dish with three singles and two runs batted in. Finally, Billy Hayes rounded out the Hounds thirteen hits by going one for four with a base hit. He also reached base a second time on a walk.
Hounds starter, Bryan Bund lasted five innings on the hill in which he gave up seven runs on seven hits while striking out three. Tony Iero was the first to come on in relief where he surrendered three runs on three hits while striking out one over his two and a one thirds innings of work. Finally, the Hounds All-Star catcher, Mike Roberson came on to throw the last inning and two thirds where he allowed no runs on and no hits.
Sunday vs. Michigan City (DH)
To say it was a hot one for the Hounds vs. Lakers doubleheader Sunday is a complete understatement. After the Hounds took the first ballgame easily by a score of 9-1, the struggle for both teams, especially the Lakers set in for game two. After strange, heat-related occurrences knocked a few Lakers out of the game in game two, Michigan City ultimately threw in the towel in extra innings after they ran out of players to play. This ultimately resulted in a forfeit win for the Hounds, marking their first four-game winning streak of the season.
Dustin Krob hit out of the leadoff spot in both games where he reached base twice in game one on a walk and a RBI single. Joe Engel reached base a combined three times on the day with two walks and a RBI double.
Brandon Post kept his hit streak alive after reaching base in both games and going a combined three for eight with two singles and a double. Ryan Krob ended the weekend on a scorching note as he went a perfect four for four with a single, two doubles, a homerun and two RBIs in game one before going one for four with a single in game two.
Tyler Tesmond went an impressive four for seven on the day with three singles, a homerun and four runs batted in. John Dreveny kept production flowing out of the bottom third of the Hounds lineup in both games as he went a combined two for six with a single and a double. He also reached base two more times on walks. The double leadoff man himself, Zach Girard went one for three in game one with a RBI single.
Billy Hayes found himself behind the plate for game two where he also went one for four with a double. Finally, Eric Giltz rounded out the Hounds lineup in game two where he went two for four with two singles and a RBI.
The Hounds pitchers were beyond stellar in game one, which started off with starter, Peter Hamot. Hamot threw the first five innings in which he gave up one run (none earned) on two hits while striking out three. Austin Lukaschewski locked down the final two frames by allowing no runs on no hits while striking out one.
The pitching in game two wasn't too shabby either as Cole Berry got things started on the bump. Berry lasted a quality six innings in which he gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out four. Chase Lowman was the first on in relief where he threw one inning of one hit ball in which he allowed no runners to score while striking out one. Joey Roberson picked up the win as he threw the final inning in which he gave up just two hits.
The Hound next ballgame is Wednesday, July 27th at 5:00pm against the Bloomington Bobcats at the Lemont High School Sports Complex. We look forward to seeing you all there.
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