In game 1, Tommy Kister's masterful pitching performance brought the win to Xenia. Kister (2-0) two-hit the Locos through seven innings. He allowed one run and five strikeouts and faced just 25 batters. The starter maintains a 1.50 ERA through 18 innings pitched. He's struck out 14 hitters compared to one walk.
His offense backed him up with two runs in the second inning and one in the third. In the second, both runs were unearned as Joey Miller and Zach Gilcrease scored due to errors. A Lincoln Reed RBI single scored Cory Reid for the Scouts' third run. Lima's Andrew Dennis hit a sacrifice fly to score Shawn Sanders in the sixth to edge closer, but didn't get further.
Xenia had five hits, one from each of the five middle batters in the lineup, Reid, Reed, Miller, Gilcrease and Lucas Salerno. The Locos had just a couple of hits, one from Sanders and one from Alex Liquori. Lima starter Aron Mcree took the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits in 4.2 innings. He walked and struck out three hitters each.
Lima 5, Xenia 0 (Game 2)
Lima's pitching staff of Keaton Baker, Will Solomon and Tyler Murphy combined to shutout the Xenia Scouts, beating the Scouts 5-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.
The starter Baker (2-0), earned the win, throwing five innings of two-hit baseball. He struck out five batters and walked four. Solomon picked up the next two innings, giving up just one hit while striking out two. Murphy followed with the final two frames and struck out three while giving up two hits.
Tyler Grogg had his usual two stolen bases, putting him at 19 for the season while the Locos' single season record stands at 25. He had one hit and a run scored. Cody Strong led the game with three hits and a run scored. Andrew Dennis had three of the team's four RBI from the game. Dennis now stands at 11 RBI for the season.
Xenia totaled five hits, two which came from Evan Robinson. Andrew Carrillo added a double. Scouts starter Adam Collier got the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on three hits in two innings. He walked four and struck out one.
This Sunday, the Locos are holding their annual canned food drive night to help the West Ohio Food Bank. All fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate, and each fan who brings a donation will recieve FREE admission! The game will also be broadcast on 93.1 the Fan, and Aaron Matthews will have the call. Listen to the game on the radio at 93.1 FM, or at 931thefan.com outside the Limaland area. The Locos will take on the Lexington Hustlers from Simmons Field, and the game is slated to begin at 7:00.
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.