Cooper Ingle leads the Captains in 3-2 victory over West Michigan

Apr. 7—Cooper Ingle got the Captains on the board early in the series finale against West Michigan on April 7. He drove in two of Lake County's three runs against the Whitecaps.

Ingle also called a strong game from behind the plate with a quartet of pitchers in a 3-2 victory. The Captains improved to 2-1 on the season.

The scoring started early for Lake County. In the bottom of the first, Jonah Advincula drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cooper Ingle then sent a single to left field that brought Advincula home.

Both pitching staffs settled in after that, as hits were at a premium and many base runners were generated on walks and smart approaches from the plate.

"We have a lot of guys that are putting together a lot of good approaches right now," Ingles said. "We're trying to get our feet wet and today we started to see them fall a little bit. We had four guys go today from the mound and we made sure to go to their strengths. We find what hitters are able to do damage on particular pitches and making sure that we stayed away from everything they could take advantage of."

West Michigan took the lead in the top of the fourth. Izaac Pacheco and Luke Gold drew walks and Roberto Campos hit a line drive to center for a two-run double.

That signaled the end of the day for starter Carter Spivey, who made his High-A debut. He threw 3 1/3 innings, allowed three hits and struck out three.

Ingle had a chance to tie the game back up in the bottom of the inning on a shot to deep right, but Carlos Mendoza made a play at the wall to rob him of a home run.

The response for Lake County came in the bottom of the fifth. Johnny Tincher hit a lead-off home run to right that cleared the right-field fence and tied the game at 2-2.

Then in the eighth, with a runner on second, Ingles sent a shot to right that deflected off of the first baseman's glove for a double and the lead.

"I had to stay focus on the at-bat," Ingles said. "(Ordomar) Valdez does a great job with the scouting reports. The pitcher for West Michigan (Zach Hess), he's a fastball pitcher with a little bit of run with a change-up and a breaking ball. He threw a lot of soft early and I was selling out for a fast ball. On a 3-0 count, he threw it and I got a hold of it."

Zach Jacobs finished the contest with three quick outs for the victory.

Lake County hits the road for the first time this season to open up a series with Fort Wayne. The first game of the series is April 9 at 6:35 p.m.


Captains 3, Whitecaps 2