Carbondale, Ill.- The Lakers played their second day of double headers against the Falcons from Southeastern Illinois College. Lakers improved to 3-1 on the season once the day was done with a 6-5 win and a tough 8-7 loss.
The Lakers were the first to put up runs in the second inning. Starting it with a hit by pitch from Bo Lovdahl and a single up the middle from BJ Johnson, Bryce Rogokos to stepped up to the plate and drove them in with a triple to left center. The Falcons answered back putting up 4 runs in the bottom of the third inning. Costly errors and a couple of wild pitches were committed by the Lakers which cost them 2 of the 4 runs in that inning. The bats simmered until the top of the fifth inning after Mikey Adams was hit by a pitch. Tavan Shahidi stepped up and cranked a double to score Adams from first base to make the score 4-3. In the sixth inning Rogokos hit a base hit to right field and then continued to steal second and third base eventually scoring on a passed ball to tie up the game at 4. To take the lead, the Lakers opened-up the top of the seventh inning with a base hit to left field from Jordan Deadwyler and a walk from Ashtin Moxey. Both Deadwyler and Moxey were moved over after a successful sacrifice bunt by Marcus Wohl. Deadwyler scored on a sacrifice flyout from Lovdahl giving the Lakers the lead. Moxey then later scored on a passed ball later in the inning to give the Lakers their 6th and final run of the game. The Falcons were able to get another run up on the board after a lead-off walk in the 7th inning, from Joe Fitka. Fitka went on to retire the side and the Lakers held on and won the game 6-5.
Pitching performances- Martin Eckard received a no-decision throwing 5 innings, striking out 5, and only allowing 3 hits. Zach Meyer made his debut as a Laker going 1 inning and picking up the win, retiring the only three hitters he faced. Joe Fitka came in, in the 7th inning and received his 2nd save of the season.
The Falcons scored first in the second game putting up two runs on starter Paul Mudrow. Both runs were unearned due to 2 errors that the Lakers committed in the inning, but the Lakers answered back quickly putting up a 4 spot in the top of the 3rd inning. Chad Hinkle lead off the inning with a single, followed by a walk from Bransen Petersen. Rogokos drove in Hinkle after a single to right-field. Grant Becher advanced Petersen to score on a sacrifice flyout to left center. Adam was next up in the line-up and had a RBI single scoring Rogokos. The Lakers were able to hit the full line-up in the third. Southeastern Illinois scored a run in the bottom half of the inning after a lead off hit by pitch and a single by Clarke. The Lakers added to their 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth when Rogokos walked, stole second, and then was driven in by a Becher seeing eye single. Devon Munter came in relief for the Lakers in the 5th and the Falcons took advantage of a costly error and a couple of hits scoring 3 runs. This gave the lead to the Falcons 6-5. Lakers were able to pull back even in the top of the sixth after Rogokos walked stole second and third base allowing Becher to hit him in after a groundout to short. Later in the sixth, the Falcons answered back scoring two runs after walks and errors and big double by the lead-off hitter Gammon. The Lakers attempted to rally back in the 7th. Deadwyler pinch hit with a lead-off single advanced to second after a hit by pitch on Alex Bline. Both Deadwyler and Bline advanced on a passed ball by the catcher giving the pinch hitter Moxey ability to drive in Deadwyler on a sacrifice fly out to the left fielder to cut the Falcon lead to one. The Lakers rally fell short after a strikeout to end the game.
Pitching performances- Paul Mudrow got the nod and threw 4 innings allowing 3 runs one earned and striking out 4. Devon Munter came out of relief allowing 4 runs (3 earned), 3 hits, and 1 walk. Mitch Ebben came out of the pen for one inning facing 3 batters and striking out 2 of them, while hitting another.
The Lakers finish their opening weekend going 3-1, putting up 30 runs, 34 hits, and 14 stolen bases. Iowa Lakes next games will come on Saturday and Sunday, March 4th and 5th against Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas.