Carbondale, IL – The Lakers opened up their season with two wins in Carbondale, Illinois on Saturday against the Falcons from Southeastern Illinois College.
The final from game one was 12-0, as Drew Grubb threw a complete game only allowing two hits and two walks. The bats were on fire from the start for the Lakers. Iowa Lakes put up two runs in the top of the first inning starting with a lead-off triple from Bryce Rogokos who was driven in later after Spenser Larson walked and stole second, by Mikey Adams with a ground out to the second baseman. Larson later scored off a ground out from Tavan Shahidi the next at bat. The Lakers added another run in the second inning after a lead off ground-rule double from Ashtin Moxey and a single up the middle by Marcus Wohl. In the third inning, Adams hit the first homerun of the season, Jordan Deadwyler then reached on an error and later scored after two walks and a past ball making it 5-0. The fourth inning was the only inning where the Lakers failed to score any runs. In the fifth inning, Deadwyler deposited a solo shot over the wall extending the lead to 6. A slew of singles then came from Bo Lovdahl, Rogokos, and Larson to start the sixth. Larson drove in Lovdahl and then he and Rogokos stole 2nd and third before Adams hit bases clearing double down the left-field line. The Lakers added the last of their runs in the top of the seventh inning. Bransen Petersen began the inning with a pinch-hit triple and was later driven in by a single from BJ Johnson. Larson then stepped up to the plate and hit an opposite field two-run homerun to make it 12-0. Adams ended up 3-5 with 3 RBIs and just a triple away from the cycle. Rogokos was 2-4 with a triple, Larson was 3-4 with 2 stolen bases and a homerun, and Moxey went 2-3 with 2 doubles.
The Lakers started off the game in the first inning with a run after Grant Becher reached on an error by the second baseman then advanced to third after Adam's double and later scored on a passed ball by the catcher to make it 1-0. The Falcons answered back in the second inning after an error and a barrage of singles taking the lead 3-1. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Falcons added to their lead after a double and a RBI single making it 4-1. In the top of the fifth inning, the Lakers answered back, scratching across a run once Chad Hinkle reached on an error and later scored on a fielder's choice by Rogokos. The Lakers bats were quiet throughout the game, but managed to score 3 runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Deadwyler was hit by a pitch, followed by a Moxey single, a Larson fielder's choice, a Lovdahl hit by pitch, a Tavan Shahidi walk, an Alex Bline hit by pitch, and a Rogokos walk to take the lead 5-4.
Key notes in Game 2- Mitch Sparks went 5 innings giving up 4 runs only 1 earned, 3 hits, and 5 strikeouts notching his first win of the season. Mitch Ebben earned a hold throwing 1 inning and striking out one. Joe Fitka received his first save of the season throwing 1inning with 3 strikeouts and 3 walks, stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th.
Lakers improve to 2-0 and will play Sunday, February 26th against Southeastern Illinois College in a double header to conclude the series.