"The bases were loaded when I got up there," Houle said. "It was a tough situation and I hoped I would have done better."
Outlaws coach Ryan Callaway said the decision to put Houle on the mound was an easy one.
"We play Ozawkie in a couple days," he said. "So we thought if we wanted to use Paul as a pitcher, we should get him a couple innings in today. We need him behind the plate against Ozawkie because he is the only true catcher we have, and they like to steal and run the bases. But pitching was tough out there today, for both teams."
Unable to overcome an eight run deficit in Game Two, the Outlaws were forced to settle with splitting the twinbill, 13-6 and 8-16.
In Game One, the Outlaws exploded for five runs in the third. Philip Champion reached on a base hit, and advanced after Josh Winter was hit by a pitch. Houle loaded the bases with his base hit.
Casey Rahmeier began the scoring barrage by drilling a line drive toward the third baseman, whose hesitation allowed Champion to score.
Evan Durnal and Brock Robson also plated runs to go up 5-4.
The Outlaws continued to dominate the bases, scoring two in the fifth and six in the sixth.
Champion got the bat around in both games, totaling three hits and two RBIs for the Outlaws.
"Phil Champion is a different kind of guy, but he really enjoys being out here playing," Callaway said. "Phil does not strike out very often, he finds a way to make contact. In the first game he hit one about even with his head."
Game Two started out in favor of the Outlaws, who plated four runs in the first. But the momentum swung to Silver Lake in the second as Brian Martinek slugged a grand slam.
After a scoreless third, Silver Lake took control and scored eight runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to run rule the Outlaws.
"We're a good team," Houle said. "We just don't do a lot of the little things that would make us a great team."
"All of our players really try hard," Callaway said. "You'll see them get frustrated when they get out, and that shows that they really have a lot of heart. They like to play."
Outlaws 13, Silver Lake 6
Silver Lake 013 020 0 - 6 12 0
Outlaws 005 026 x - 13 12 0
WP -- Tyler Wingbaugh. LP -- Justin Brewster.
2B -- Silver Lake: Brian Martinek, Brad Lewiki; Lawrence: Josh Winter, Tyler Wingbaugh. HR -- Silver Lake: Justin Kellner.
Silver Lake 16, Outlaws 8
Silver Lake 160 81 - 16 13 0
Outlaws 440 00 - 8 7 0
WP -- Brad Lewicki. LP -- Paul Houle.
2B -- Silver Lake: Workman, Kellner, Martinek. 3B -- Lawrence: Tyler Inzer.