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The Lake County Fielders (15-23) had a successful first home game in Zion last night despite the result on the scoreboard as they fell to the Gary SouthShore Railcats 11-4. The RailCats jumped out to an early lead in the second inning lead after Mike Rhode doubled home Louis Ott who had singled earlier inthe inning. They tacked on runs in the third and fourth inning as well off Lake County starter Ryan Bicondoa who didn't figure in the decision.

Gary went up 4-0 in the sixth inning after Ott singled and stole secondthen advanced to third base on a throwing error by Anthony Esquer. Ott was driven in by a Mike Rhode single.


The Fielders got all their runs in the seventh inning whenthey batted around in the order sending ten men to the plate. Esquer and Kyle Higgins led off the inning with singles followed by Joseph Ramos getting hit with a pitch by starterWillie Glen who threw against the Fielders for the third time this season. Amos Ramon followed with a bases loaded single scoring two and cutting the lead in half. Josh Short and Brian McFall chipped in with RBI singlesthemselves and the Fielders received a standing ovation after they tied the score at four.

Gary put up five runs in the 8th and added twomore insurance runs in the ninth inning to seal the victory. Aaron Cook got the win for Gary improving his record to 3-1 while Matt Schweitzer took the loss, his first ofthe season after getting roughed up for 5 runs, two of which were earned, and
giving up 5 hits in just two-thirds of an inning.


Gary snapped Lake County's four game winning streak. TheFielders will head to Rockford tomorrow to take on the Riverhawks for the first time this season. Zach Ward willget the start Saturday to try and put Lake County back in the win column.

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