Lake County Captains pile up 9-run 4th, beat South Bend, 13-6
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Lake County Captains (25-42) sent thirteen men to the plate to score a season-high nine runs in the fourth inning and defeated the South Bend Silver Hawks (39-27), 13-6, on Thursday night.
Lake County salvaged one game of the three-game set.
The Captains struck first to jump to a 2-0 lead before South Bend came to bat. Designated hitter Clint Frazier and third baseman Paul Hendrix reached on one-out singles before scoring on left fielderTorsten Boss’ two-run single.
The Silver Hawks took the lead with a four-run second inning. Third baseman George Roberts led off with a double and he scored on a RBI double by designated hitter Stryker Trahan. Trahan moved to third on a fly ball and crossed the plate on a triple by catcher Michael Perez. Right fielder Zach Esquerra and shortstop Andrew Velazquez added RBI singles to give the home team the two-run lead.
Lake County tied the game at four in the third inning. Centerfielder Logan Vick tripled to center field and scored on a RBI single by Frazier. A wild pitch by South Bend starter John Omahen moved Frazier to second and a groundball advanced him to third. Catcher Eric Haase lifted a fly ball to foul territory, deep enough for Frazier to tag and score.
The Captains scored their nine runs in the fourth inning to the tune of eight hits, one walk and a hit batter. Vick walked in a run with the bases loaded before Omahen left the game. Tom Jameson entered and gave up a bases-clearing triple to Frazier – his third hit of the game. Second baseman Claudio Bautista, first baseman Grant Fink and shortstop Ivan Castillo singled home runs while right fielder Cody Ferrell doubled home a run. Lake County took a 13-4 lead after four innings.
Omahen fell to 1-2 on the year after he gave up eight runs on eight hits in three plus innings. He walked one, hit one and did not strike out any batters.
Jameson kept the Captains off the board following the fourth as he retired the next six batters. He was charged with five runs allowed on six hits in three innings. John Shuttlesworth came in and allowed one hit in the final three innings of the game.
South Bend drew two runs closer in the seventh against Paredes. Following a single, fielder’s choice, error and ground out, first baseman Daniel Palka drilled a two-run homer to right field.
Paredes allowed two runs on four hits in four innings of relief work. Ben Heller threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
Over Heller’s last ten appearances covering 14 innings, Heller has allowed four hits, and two earned runs (both coming on homers) to go along with four walks and 24 strikeouts.
The Captains outhit the Silver Hawks, 15-10, in the game. Five of the nine starts had multi-hit games, including three by Frazier and Fink. Frazier drove in a season-high four RBI.
The Captains are scheduled to travel to Dayton for the final series of the first half. Lake County is set to send rightyDace Kime (0-9, 6.12 ERA) and the Dragons will have lefty Ishmael Guillon (4-0, 2.79 ERA) on the mound. First Pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.