Mario Mercedes collected three hits, helping the Southern Illinois Miners (1-0) to a 5-2 victory over the Windy City ThunderBolts (0-2) on Friday at Rent One Park, Marion, IL.He singled in the second, sixth, and eighth innings.
The Southern Illinois Miners relied on Brian Oliver to eat up innings en route to the win. Oliver allowed one earned run, six hits and one walk while striking out two over six innings of work.
The Windy City ThunderBolts were led by Zach Aakhus's hitting. Aakhus went 1-3, drove in one and scored one run. He.
Matt Wickswat was charged with his first loss of the year. He lasted just five innings, walked two, struck out four, and allowed four runs.