LIMA, Ohio - A strong pitching effort saw the Locos shutout the Lake Erie Monarchs 4-0 at Simmons Field.
Bath alumn John Simindinger led the day offensively for the Locos, going 2 for 4 with two RBI and scoring a run. Taylor Pickens and Cesar Loiz both picked up an RBI as well.
Taylor Eikenberry had the start on the mound and would pick up the win. Eikenberry pitched 6 plus innings, allowing no runs and only two hits. He also had two walks and five strikeouts. Danny Heim, Will Thomas, and Justin McCalvin would all pitch an inning in relief. Heim and Thomas both had a strikeout, and Thomas allowed only one hit.
Lima improves to 4-2 while Lake Erie drops to 1-3. Lima will be on the road today at Cincinnati and will take on Hamilton on the road on Saturday. The Locos will be back at Simmons Field this Saturday night against Xenia, where first pitch is set for 7 pm.
LIMA, Ohio - The Lima Locos stayed on the winning track as they defeated the Hamilton Joes 5-2 at Simmons Field. It is the Locos first win over the Joes in two years, as they lost to Hamilton in the two head to head meetings last season.
Victor Barron and Jacob Bruce led the Locos offensively as they both went 2 for 4 on the day. Bruce had a double and triple with one RBI, while Barron had a double and two RBI. Cesar Loiz also went 1 for 1 in his pinch hit appearence before permantly taking right field. His weak line drive into right field would result in an RBI as Taylor Pickens would come home to make it a 5-2 lead.
Ben Taylor had the start on the mound and would pick up the win, his first of the season. He went 5.0 innings, allowing just four hits, with one unearned run. He would walk one and strikeout six. Garrick Whittle (1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO) and Justin McCalvin (2 IP 0 H 0 R 0 BB 1 SO) would pitch in relief for Taylor. Matt Vollenwieder would come on in the ninth and pick up the save, his first on the season. He had one walk and two strikeouts in his one inning of play, allowing no runs or hits.
Locos are in action again tonight against the Lake Erie Monarchs at Simmons Field. First pitch is set for 7 pm.
LIMA, Ohio - The Lima Locos split a double header with the Lexington Hustlers last Sunday, losing the first game 7-4, but bouncing back and taking the second 12-2, giving the Hustlers thier first loss of the season.
In Game 1 the Locos were lead by Stu Eisler and Johny Simindinger who were both 2 for 3. Eisler had a double and Simindinger had a triple. On the mound for the Locos was Connor Porter, who would pick up the loss. Porter went 3.1 innings and allowed five earned runs off five hits, with four walks and two strikeouts. Both Taylor Eikenberry and Garrick Whittle would pitch in relief for the Locos. Eikenberry went 0.2 innings allowing two earned runs off of two hits and had two walks and one strikeout. Whittle would post 3.0 innings allowing no runs off of two hits with five strikeouts.
Game 2 saw the Locos start off with a bang as TJ Losby would hit a solo homerun in the second inning and the Locos would never look back. Losby would finish 3 for 5 with that home run along with a 2 RBI double. Chase Davis also went 3 for 5 and Cesar Loiz would go 2 for 5 in the strong effort that saw Lima notch fourteen hits. Matt Cook had the start on the mound for the Locos and made the most of hit. The man who was the Lima DH for the opener against Grand Lake pitched 6.0 strong innings allowing only one earned run off five hits and posted eight strikeouts. He would pick up the win as well, his first of the season. Justin McCalvin (1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 SO), Chase Davis (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO), and Eric Stapelton (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) would all pitch in relief.
Lima would improve to 2-2 and currently sit in fourth place, 1.5 GB from undefeated Licking County. Lexington falls to 4-1.
Lima will back in action today against the Hamilton Joes at Simmons Field. First pitch is at 7 pm.
The Lima Locos have put together their 2012 roster as they look to open up the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League next Friday, June 8 at home against rival Grand Lake Mariners. The Locos are defending champions after a 2-1 victory over Southern Ohio in Game 2 of the GLSCL Championship in Athens.
Of the players of the 2011 championship team, there are three returners. Outfielders Cesar Loiz (UNOH) and Taylor Pickens (Morehead State) both return for the Locos as well as Infielder and Shawnee High School Alum Garrett Black (Ohio).
Also of note, for the 2012 season, the Locos have added Infielder John Simindinger from Ohio Dominican, who is a Bath High School Alum.