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Behind 14 strikeouts the right-hander stranded the Hatters hopes of splitting the season series with the Indians. The 4-3 win was the second win against the GHIHnGing SuEurEDn 2nH Continental Conference champs.
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O’Hara allowed a leadoff double to Grant OpalisNy in WhH sHYHnWh inning, wDONHG WhH EDsHs ORDGHG, but forced a ground out to end the game. The Hatters (7-4, 5-3) sWrDnGHG 11 runners in the loss. Opalisky had three of the team’s seven hits.
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Opalisky was hoping his leadoff two-bagger was going to make up for an uncharacteristic blunder in the field a few innings earlier. The Indians’ Brett Hale came in to tie the score 3-3 in the fifth after O’Hara reached on the error.
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“They have good pitchHrs, EuW wH EDWWOHG,” Indians coach Mike Childs said. “Dan is our guy. He mixed his pitches pretty well and threw curveballs in the dirt.
Hale was the lone InGiDn (5-5, 3-3) wiWh two hits on the afternoon. Replacing an inMurHG SWHphHn HinN in WhH OHDGRII pRsiWiRn, WhH lefty lifted the Indians to victory with his two-out RBI base knock off relief pitcher Tyler Markovic.
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The other big blast on the afternoon was by the Indians’ Brad SWROWzIus, whR wDs IiOOing in for Hink in the field at shortstop. The junior ’s two-run homer in the second inning knotted the score at 2-2 and helped the Indians forget about the nightmarish first inning.
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The Indians will hope to have Hink back Friday for the night game against North Penn. They also hope to carry the momentum Hale and O’Hara provided over because in the Continental CRnIHrHnFH, WhHrH DrH nR easy days.
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