05/07/2014 1:00 PM
Over 1,600 local school children enjoyed the game with the Otters.
(EVANSVILLE, INDIANA) – First baseman Nik Balog collected a pair of doubles including a bases clearing two-bagger in the Otters 9-4 loss against the Gary South Shore RailCats on Wednesday afternoon.
There were 1600 local school children on hand for the Evansville Otters annual Kids Day game.
Chad James, former Florida Marlins first round pick, earned the start for Evansville. He worked around a walk and hit by pitch in the first inning to strike out three batters.
Gary South Shore started the scoring in the second inning with a Brooks Braga bases loaded walk and a two-run single from outfielder Josh Romanski.
The RailCats added to their lead in the third, fourth and fifth innings to create a 9-0 lead.
The Otters took advantage of four walks in the fifth inning including a bases loaded free pass to infielder Josh Allen. Down 9-1, Balog then hit a three run double off the left field fence pulling the Otters within five runs.
There was no other scoring over the final four innings as Gary South Shore held on for the five run win.
Relievers Anthony Collazo, Chad Robinson and Orlando Santos combined to throw a scoreless three innings for Evansville. They reached five strikeouts in that time without giving up a single hit.
Evansville will now host the Southern Illinois Miners on Friday, May 9 in the 10th annual Jacob’s Village exhibition game. Reserve seats are $8 and field box tickets are only $5. All ticket proceeds go directly to Jacob’s Village, a tradition that has raised over $135,000 in the history of the event.
The Otters start the 2014 season on the road at the Normal CornBelters on May 16. Otters Opening Day will take place on Wednesday, May 21st at historic Bosse Field with a unique doubleheader against the Rockford Aviators. First pitch will take place at 5:35 pm CT.
Businesses interested in participating with the Otters through advertising, group outings, or season tickets should call the Otters front office at (812) 435-8686.