Baseball: Southland Vikings fall 3-2 to Northwest Indiana Oilemen
By Dave Melton For Sun-Times Media June 23, 2014 10:12PM
Oilmen's Larry Crisler is congratulated by his team mates after scoring in the 4th inning at Oil City Stadium on June 23, 2014. | Jim Karczewski/Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 24, 2014 2:12AM
WHITING — It was a good night to be a Pobereyko.
Danny and Matt Pobereyko — both Bishop Noll graduates — each turned in quality pitching performances in a 3-2 Northwest Indiana Oilmen Midwest Collegiate League victory over the Southland Vikings.
Danny Pobereyko got the start, throwing five scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and issuing no walks to go with four strikeouts.
Southland (8-6) scored two runs against the Oilmen bullpen before Matt Pobereyko entered the game in the ninth inning. Adding to his own league record, the elder Pobereyko threw a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save of the season.
The two brothers did not pitch together until joining the Oilmen last summer, and Monday’s game was the first time Danny Pobereyko (2-1) got the win with Matt Pobereyko notched the save in the same contest.
“He really did well (Monday); he put us in a good spot,” Matt Pobereyko said of his younger sibling.
The starting Pobereyko brother was equally complimentary.
“It’s getting to the point that, when he comes into the game, you know that it’s over,” Danny Pobereyko said. “He’s doing a real good job of shutting them down.”
Matt Pobereyko has been steady all season, allowing just one run in 9.2 innings. Danny Pobereyko made his first start in nearly three weeks and rebounded nicely from the loss he took in that game.
“There was some improvement over his first couple of outings,” Oilmen manager Justin Huisman said. “Unfortunately, it seems like all of the rainouts have fallen on his start days, so we’ve had to throw him out of the bullpen a little bit. He started getting a little bit tired but he battled through it and had a great outing for us.”
Meanwhile, on offense, the Oilmen (11-5, 9-4 MCL) generated some run support for the Pobereykos in the fourth. Jason Gasser started the inning with a single and Larry Crisler — another Bishop Noll product who joined the team on Sunday night — was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base. A Southland fielding error allowed Gasser to score and Crisler later crossed home plate on an RBI groundout off the bat of Alec Ornelas.
Nate Schnedier’s RBI double in the sixth inning — scoring Zack Jones — proved to be the game-winning run.