In the top of the 14th, with two outs, Cody Strong singled to score Matthew Furuto, giving the Lima Locos a 4-3 lead over the Southern Ohio Copperheads. The Locos fifth pitcher of the game, Aron Mcree allowed one hit in the bottom of the inning to send the Locos to the GLSCL Championship series where they'll play the Licking County Settlers.
Southern Ohio took a 1-0 lead in the second inning before Lima plated two in the fourth and one in the fifth. The Cheads tied it up in the eighth when Colton Turner hit a two-run single, scoring Dalton Busby and Jesse Puscheck. The Snakes had a chance to win it in the ninth, but left the bases loaded.
Locos pitcher Mcree (3-4 in the regular season) carried the team through the late innings, six to be exact. He earned the win, facing 20 batters in six innings, allowing one hit, striking out two and walking two.
The Locos had eight hits and left 14 men on base. Matthew Furuto tied for the team lead with two hits. He had his fourth RBI of the playoffs and scored. Casey Schroeder also had a pair of hits, including a double, a run and an RBI. Zach Fields and Cody Strong had RBI as well. Furuto and Grogg also stole a base apiece.
Southern Ohio swatted nine hits and stranded 11. James Coates, Ryan Stone and Eddie Sutton each had base knock, including Stone's double. Coates and Turner each drove in their fifth RBI of the postseason. Turner had two, Coates one. Reliever Reece Karalus got the loss, allowing one run on three hits in one inning. He struck out two.
The Locos and the Copperheads also played a 15-inning game during the regular season.
Lima will be at home on Saturday for the first game of the GLSCL Championship best-of-three series versus Licking County. First pitch is 7 p.m.
A three-run first inning was the difference for the Lima Locos in a 5-3 win over the Dayton Docs in the GLSCL playoff quarterfinals.
All three runs in Lima's first inning, AJ Flores, Casey Schroeder and Jose Cruz, were unearned with help from three Dayton errors. The Locos had six hits, two from Flores, both doubles, and Cruz, one double, and one each from Matthew Furuto and Jess Posey. Furuto scored a run and Cruz crossed home twice.
Starter Tyler Murphy (3-1 regular season) got the win, allowing one run, none earned, on three hits in six innings. He struck out six batters. Art Warren (4 regular season saves) picked up the save with one inning pitched. He struck out three and walked one.
Dayton had six hits, two from Taylor Huebner, including a triple. Grant Yoder had a double. Deion Tansel and Joe Ford added one base knock apiece. Daulton Mosbarger and Hebner each had an RBI while Jacob Brobst, Huebner and Ford scored. Starter Sully Stadler took the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits in 2.2 innings. He walked six and struck out one.
Lima will begin a three-game series against Southern Ohio in the GLSCL semifinals on Wednesday. Game 1 will be at Lima, game 2 will be at Southern Ohio and game 3 will be at Southern Ohio if necessary.
Tonight, the Locos will play the Dayton Docs in a one game playoff quarterfinal. The winner will face the Southern Ohio Coperheads in a best of three series beginning Wednesday. Lima enters the playoffs as the 4th seed, and Dayton the 5 seed. Lima holds a 3-2 series lead in 2013, but Dayton has won 2 of the last 3. This is the 3rd consecutive year Lima has been in the playoffs, while Dayton is making it's first playoff apperance. The game begins at 7:00 from Simmons Field, and can be heard on Lima Locos Live.
Grogg makes First Team all GLSCL, 3 other make Second Team
The GLSCL has announced it's all league team, and Tyler Grogg was named as a first team outfielder. Grogg (U of Toledo) set the Locos and GLSCL record for stolen bases in a season with 41, with a .320 average, a team high 29 runs scored and 14 RBIs. He also set the Locos record for most times hit by pitch, with 13 bean balls on the year. The second team all league inclused Catcher Casey Schroeder and pitchers Keaton Baker and Art Warren. Schroeder (Polk State) hit .267 with 6 doubles and a home run, 12 RBIs and a team high 25 walks. Baker (MTSU) was 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 27 strikeouts. Warren (Ashland U) posted a 2.70 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 4 saves. Congratulations to all of our All League players!
Tonight, the Locos head to Xenia for a crucial game, as they play their final regular season games in the next two days. Currently, the Locos have a 1 game lead over Grand Lake for 4th place in the GLSCL playoffs. A win tonight coupled with a Grand Lake loss would clinch a home playoff game Tuesday. Tonight's game will begin at 7:00 with the Xenia Scouts, and you can listen to the game here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lima-locos-2012-season