Lima, OH - The Lima Locos have really been on a roll here of late. The help has been coming from all areas of the team. Cory Wilder leads the team and league with 35 strike outs and only has given up 8 runs in 5 of his starts, Wilder is not the only pitcher having success. Austin Sexton who only has 1 win to show for his 4 starts and has still been just as impressive on the mound, keeping his opponents batting average below .250 in his starts. The Locos bullpen has also been for the most part lights out, and they have sealed a lot of games in the 7th, 8th, 9th innings within this long stretch of games. Then you have Lewis, Carlson, Garner, and DJ. Smith all hitting above .300 right now for the Locos. Garner leads the league with 5 homeruns and his teammate lewis is right behind him with 3 of his own. Garner, Ingram, and Smith also are the top three RBI producing players in the lineup combining for 52 of the teams 71 RBI's. The defense has got better throughout the season, still though is a weakness of the team.
Overall, the Locos control their own destiny, the hitters are finding their groove and expect the pitching to stay consistent. The Locos are 3 games back going into a double header today with the Xenia Scouts and then are back home the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th of July. If the Locos have their way, they could be leading the league just before the All-Star Break.
LIMA: The Lima Locos ended 2013 with a loss in the Championship Series, but have new hopes to return to the big game this year! Player names and schedules are going to being released in the coming weeks! Also, if you are interested in hosting a player get a hold us at 419-22-LOCOS. The Locos are also looking for sponsors for the 2014 Season. You can call Terence at 937-417-4844 and he'll discuss some of the GREAT packages we have to offer. We are really excited for the 2014 season and you should be too!
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.