Updated: July 6, 2014 2:16AM
WHITING, Ind. — For the next eight days, there are no baseball games scheduled between the Northwest Indiana Oilmen and the Southland Vikings.
The Oilmen likely are thrilled.
For the second straight day and the third time this week, the Vikings knocked off the Oilmen at Oil City Stadium — this time 13-3.
“They’re just a good hitting team, period. When you’re up in the zone against good hitters, usually bad things happen,” Oilmen manager Justin Huisman said. “They’ve been hot as of late. We’ll be fine. Come tournament time, we’ll be ready for them.”
The Vikings (14-8 Midwest Collegiate League) moved ahead of the Oilmen (15-10, 13-9 MCL) and into second place in the MCL.
Once again the Vikings jumped on the Oilmen in the first inning, this time against Highland, Indiana, native Keith Mahler. Southland’s first three batters greeted Mahler with hard-hit singles, and all three scored — two on a double by Dan Potempa.
When Potempa was hit by a pitch to start the fifth inning — with the Vikings ahead 5-0 — it started the rally that put the game out of reach. Three hits, two walks and the hit batter resulted in five runs for the Vikings in that inning.
Leadoff man Chase Fieldhouse keyed Southland by going 2-for-5 with a double, a walk and three runs.
“This whole team is clicking,” Fieldhouse said. “I was just seeing the ball deep. Lately, I’ve been ahead (in the count) a lot. I just tried to go out there and help our team.”
The Vikings got a quality outing from starter Brandon White (2-1), who went eight innings and allowed one run on four hits and a walk.
“I pitched to contact today because the wind was blowing in,” White said. “I knew they were going to have a hard time hitting it out so I let my defense go to work for me.”