Kalida native and former minor leaguer Chad Ehrnsberger has been named the new head coach of the Lima Locos after former coach Daniel Furuto resigned. Ehrnsberger helped lead his Kalida High School baseball team to state in 1995, and was a 4 time All-American at Ohio State and Central Florida University. He played 9 seasons of minor league baseball in the Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals organizations, where he was a 5 time All Star and held a career batting average of .300. Ehrnsberger is now an assisstant coach at Ohio Northern under former Locos manager Gene Stechschulte. A former Loco himself, Ehrnsberger is familiar with the GLSCL and is no stranger to the head coaching position, holding the job with summer travel league teams in Tampa and Columbus. Furuto, who was promoted to assisstant coach and recruiting coordinator at Union (Ky.) College, said he was not able to hold both time-consuming jobs during the summer. Furuto led the Locos last season to a 24-15 record, good for a regular season GLSCL title. He was also a member of the 2011 championship coaching staff and a Locos player in 2007. Ehrnsberger is epected to announce his coaching staff in the next few days.
TORONTO -- Former Lima Locos pitcher Chad Jenkins has made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays this season. Jenkins has come on to pitch for the Blue Jays in relief, making his first MLB appearance on August 7th against the Tampa Bay Rays. He would post 3.0 innings of work, allowing only two hits and notching two strikeouts. Since that appearance in Tampa, he has recorded 5.2 innings of relief pitching and has allowed no earned runs or hits since the game against the Rays. He has the two strikeouts and has yet to walk a batter. He has pitched against the New York Yankees and most recently, the Chicago White Sox. Jenkins pitched in the 9th inning in both appearances against the White Sox.
*Jenkins was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft Tuesday night. He was taken #20 overall by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jenkins was named Third-Team All America this past season at Kennesaw State University, posting an 8-1 record with a 2.54 ERA. At one point in the season had authored 41 consecutive scoreless innings on his way to being named the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year.
In 2008 for the Locos Jenkins was the team’s best pitcher as he went 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 7 starts.*
ATHENS, Ohio -- The Lima Locos dropped a double header to the Southern Ohio Copperheads, 5-0 and 7-4 to allow a three way tie between them, Cincinnati and Licking County to occur. It is the first time in the 25 year history of the league that a tie, let alone a three way tie, for first place going into the playoffs. Due to the three way tie, the Locos will be the #2 seed for the playoffs.
According to the GLSCL, "In the event of such an occurrence, the tie breaking criteria for determining the seeds in the playoffs is to examine the records of the teams against each other. By virtue of its 6-2 record combined against Licking County and Lima, Cincinnati secured the number one seed heading into the GLSCL playoffs. Lima will be the second seed based on its 3-4 record aggregate record against Cincinnati and Licking County. The Settlers become the number three seed after a 2-5 season against Cincinnati and Lima combined."
So the Lima Locos will now take on the winner of the (6) Lake Erie Monarchs at (3) Licking County Settlers on Wednesday. They will travel to the winner's home field for the Wednesday game, then host the Thursday and Friday (if necessary) games.
So come out on Thurday to cheer on your Lima Locos as we enter the playoffs and look to win a second straight GLSCL Championship! First pitch will be set for 7pm at Simmons Field.
XENIA, Ohio -- The Locos jumped all over the Xenia Scouts in an 11-0 win that, with the help of Southern Ohio and Cincinnati spliting a double header, see the Locos sit atop the GLSCL all alone.
With the win the Locos are currently a half game ahead of Cincinnati for the regular season crown and the first place seed for the GLSCL playoffs. If the Locos stay atop the GLSCL, they will have a home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Probable Playoff Picture: (If playoffs started tomorrow)
(6) Lake Erie at (3) Licking County
(5) Southern Ohio at (4) Stark County
Lake Erie/Licking County vs (2) Cincinnati (best of three series)
Southern Ohio/Stark County vs (1) Lima (best of three series)
Championship Series (best of three)
Lima improves to 24-13 with the win and will travel to Newark to take on Licking County tomorrow at 7pm.
LIMA, Ohio -- The Lima Locos had a chance to tie Cincinnati atop of the GLSCL with a win. They took care of business with a win at Simmons Field, defeating the Steam for the second time in two days.
The Locos were led offensively by Jacob Bruce and Taylor Pickens. Bruce was 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. Pickens was 2 for 4with a run scored. Nick Kissane and Greg Brodzinski also tacked on an RBI.
Ben Taylor had the start on the mound and picked up the win, his third of the season. Taylor had a great outing as he would pitch 6.2 innings and allow only one hit on the day and allowed no runs. He also had two walks and one strikeout. Dan Slavik, Matt Vollenwieder, and Justin McCalvin would pitch in relief for the Locos. Slavik would pitch 1.0 inning, and would allow just two hits and one earned run. He also had two walks. Vollenwieder would pitch 0.1 innings and allow no runs or hits and record a strikeout. McCalvin would come in the ninth and allowed only one hit. He would pick up the save, his sixth on the season.
Lima improves to 23-13, while Cincinnati drop to 22-12. Both teams are tied atop the GLSCL.
The Locos will head on the road to close out the season with another four road games. Stay tuned to limalocos.net for updates on the playoffs.