Baseball: Northwest Indiana Oilmen defeat Southland Vikings 2-0
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media June 3, 2014 10:16PM
Southland's Kevin Hallberg pitches against the Northwest Indiana Oilmen. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 5, 2014 6:30AM
The Northwest Indiana Oilmen lost Sunday at Lexington, Illinois.
No, it wasn’t just a loss. It was the most lopsided loss in the franchise’s young three-plus year history, a 17-5 defeat.
Southpaw Jimmy McNamara made sure Tuesday night the Oilmen got that nasty taste out of their mouth, throwing six shutout innings on the way to a 2-0 win over the Southland Vikings at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in a Midwest Collegiate League game.
“It felt good to come back tonight, and we had to buckle down,” McNamara said. “They (the Vikings) won the league last year, and they’re a good rival for us, one of the tougher teams around. You have to play well against these guys.”
The game was the home opener for the Vikings (2-2), the defending MCL champions.
Central Michigan’s McNamara handcuffed Southland throughout, allowing just four hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in six innings.
“I’m doing a good job attacking the zone and getting ahead of guys,” McNamara said. “I mixed it up a little bit, fastball, curveball, and I felt like I had the hitters off balance.”
McNamara closed his performance in style, starting a 1-6-3 double play to end a threat in the bottom of the sixth. McNamara was working with a lead quickly Tuesday, with Anthony Colosimo and Ryan Burvan hitting back-to-back RBI singles in the second.
“It was a nice wakeup call to come out and face these guys,” McNamara said. “The two runs early, it was nice to settle in. You get that nice, little cushion early.”
Burvan had two hits for Northwest Indiana (3-2). Behind McNamara, Garrett Sherrell (2 innings, 3 strikeouts) and Matt Pobereyko (1 inning, 2 strikeouts) threw three innings in relief to close the game out, with Pobereyko getting the save.
Southland managed just five hits. Chase Fieldhouse had two hits while Dan Potempa finished 1-for-3 with a walk.
“McNamara is a good arm who just knows how to pitch,” Southland coach Chris Cunningham said. “Tip your cap to him. He threw a nice game, and we just needed some timely hitting. That’s the name of the game. We couldn’t get that hit at the right time.”
The Vikings stranded seven runners overall, including two in the eighth.