The captains played a top-ranked and forgotten one-day match on June 1 at Classic Park.
In what ended in an 8-0 loss to the Western Michigan Whitecaps, the captains’ pitchers walked 10 while their batting counterparts hit three double plays.
“When you’re not firing on all cylinders, it’s hard to get over all those walks and double plays,” captains manager Greg DiCenzo said.
The tone was set very early on with a sunny and warm introduction in June.
Lake County starter and eventual loser Aaron Davenport (2-3, 3.19 ERA) danced and fought his way through three innings, giving up two runs on two hits while issuing six walks.
The 21-year-old right-hander used 79 pitches, only 39 of which were strikes, to go through those three innings.
West Michigan drilled for two runs in the top of the second inning, staging a two-out rally fueled by Austin Mull’s brace, three walks (one with the bases loaded) and a batted batter.
The Whitecaps made it 3-0 in the top of the fifth inning when Lake County reliever Nathan Ocker gave up a solo home run to Ulrich Bojarski, a 23-year-old Australian outfielder signed by the Detroit Tigers six years ago. as an undrafted free agent.
West Michigan increased its lead to 4-0 in the top of the sixth on a double play grounder.
Whatever the home team’s chances of a comeback, they nearly evaporated in the top of the seventh inning when West Michigan second baseman Wenceel Perez connected with Lake County Alaska reliever Abney for a two-out grand slam.
The captains had potential rallies called off by double-play grounders late in the second, third and seventh innings.
Late in the eighth inning, the West Michigan reliever wriggled out of a two-man no-out jam by retiring Joe Naranjo and Petey Halpin on routine fly outs and striking out Jhonkensy Noel.
Whitecaps at Captains
When: June 2, 7 p.m.
Where: Classic Park
Records: Whitecaps, 21-26; Captains 24-22
Pitchers: Whitecaps, Dylan Smith (4-3, 2.54 ERA); Mason Hickman (1-3, 5.64 ERA)