Saturday was a long day at Holcom field for the Lugnuts, who played two afternoon games in 90-degree heat.
First the Houk League team faced the first place Volcanoes. Then, after a short rest, the team took the field again against the Sidewinders.
The Lugnuts finished the doubleheader with a split, losing to the Volcanoes by a score of 10-2 and defeating the Sidewinders, 12-9.
Volcanoes player Chris Lyons scored three runs in the first game, including a mammoth home run in the first inning.
Nick Wingfield also had two hits and scored a run for the Volcanoes.
Lyons started the game at pitcher for the Volcanoes, striking out the first six Lugnuts batters, and finished the game with eight strikeouts in four innings.
Cody Janousek and Mike Penny scored the Lugnuts' two runs in the sixth and final inning.
Things started looking up for the Lugnuts before the team's game against the Sidewinders even started.
The Sidewinders were short a player, which meant that they played the whole game with two outfielders and were issued an automatic out every time the ninth spot in the batting order came around.
The Lugnuts got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the first inning. Aaron Tilden, Ryan McDaniel and Ryan Waller each singled to lead off the game and all three came around to score.
The Sidewinders rallied furiously in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring eight runs to pull within one run at one point, but they could get no closer.
Shelby Politte, Alec Wroten and Cory Tindall scored two runs each for the Sidewinders in the loss.
"We had a tough first game, and that was a little disappointing," Lugnuts' coach Eric Neuteboom said. "But we came here and got on them early and held on for the win. I was proud of the way they played."
Neuteboom's players poured a cooler of ice water over his head to celebrate the win.
In other Houk League action, the Bulls came back from a seven-run deficit to beat the Bats in an 11-10 thriller, scoring nine runs in the final two innings. The River Dogs also defeated the Storm 6-0. Mitch Whitson pitched six shutout innings in the victory.