Lima, OH- The Locos returned to play after the All Star break with a split in a double header with Lake Erie. The Locos won the first game 11-1, but lost the second game 9-2.
A eight run fifth inning helped the Locos prevail in a close 2-1 game. Dustin Dunlop and T.J. McManus both had home runs in the game. Will Arnold, Connor Hudnall, and Matt Morse each had a double. Catlan Kendrick started on the mound and pitched two innings allowing just one hit and one unearned run. Taylor Braun and Eric Kartman would come and pitch in relief, each allowing just one hit. Braun would pick up the win and have four strikeouts, while Kartman had three.
In game two the Locos were unable to really get anything started as they fell 9-2. Matt Morse would lead the Locos in hitting with a triple, while Connor Hudnall and Ryan Ussery each had a double.
Zach Helewski had the start and would pick up his first loss on the season. He pitched three innings of five hit baseball, with three earned runs. He had two strikeouts and one walk. Adam Tyson would pitch one inning in relief allowing just one hit, but earned runs with one strikeout and one walk. Travis Kottenbrock would pitch two innings and allow three hits with three runs (two earned). He would notch three strikeouts and two walks. Ethan McKenny would finish the game with three innings of just two hit baseball. He would also post two strikeouts.
Lima continues to lead the North Division and the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League with a 18-11 record. The Locos host Licking County tonight at Simmons Field. First Pitch is at 7:00.
The players selected for the 2011 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star Game has been announced. Seven Locos will be playing in the All-Star Game.
1B Andy Chriscaden C Harry Clark IF Garrett Black P Adam Clark P Mike O'Neal P Jon Weaver P Zach Sterling
Congratulations to these seven Locos for being selected to the All-Star Team! The All Star Game will be at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio this Wednesday, July 13. First pitch is set at 6:00 PM Eastern Time.
It was a tough weekend for the Locos as they would go 1-3, picking up thier only win at home on Saturday, a 14-0 demolishing of rival Grand Lake. On Friday Lima was clobbered by Licking County 15-3, and was swept by Southern Ohio Sunday, 6-3 and 13-1.
Against Licking County Garrett Black, Harry Clark and Cesar Loiz led the way in batting for the Locos, but a nine run inning by the Settlers would prove to be the downfall. Mike O'Neal had the start and picked up the loss. He would allow eight runs off of nine hits, only two of which were earned. He would also have three strikeouts and one walk. Travis Kottenbrock and Eric Kartman would pitch in relief, each allowing three earned runs. Kottenbrock had one strikeout and Kartman had three.
At home against Grand Lake the Locos took out their frustration on Grand Lake. Andy Chriscaden and Dustin Dunlop would both hit home runs and Kyle Niermann would have a triple to lead the way for the Locos. Catlan Kendrick had the start and picked up the win as well. He only allowed five hits and had six strikeouts and one walk Drew Williams and Connor Hudnall would both pitch an inning in relief. Williams struck out three and only walked one. Hudnall would have one strikeout as well. Neither would allow any hits.
The Locos would be swept however by Southern Ohio the next day. In game one, the Copperheads had a six run third inning that proved to be the difference in a 6-3 win. Andy Chriscaden and Ryan Ussery led the way in batting. Luke Bushur had the start and picked up the loss. He allowed six hits with six runs (only one earned) and had two strikeouts and one walk. Travis Kottenbrock pitched in relief and only allowed one hit.
Game two saw the Copperheads take control early in route to a 13-1 smackdown on Lima. George Roberts and Kyle Niermann would have the only two hits for the Locos. Niermann had a double. The Locos saw five different pitcher take the mound. Josh Vandemark had the start and picked up the loss. He allowed five hits with six runs, five earned. He had two strikeouts and three walks. Jon Weaver would allow four hits with three runs, two of which were earned, along with one strikeout and walk. Ethan McKenny would allow only three hits with no runs and would have three strikeouts. Zach Sterling allowed four hits and four earned runs with one strikeout and walk. Will Arnold would also pitch in relief and allow no hits or runs and had one strikout.
The Locos still hold a 3.5 game lead over Licking County for the North Division. Lima hosts Lake Erie tonight at Simmons Field. First pitch will be at 7:00.
Lima, OH- After nine games in seven days, the Locos ended on a positive note, beating rival Grand Lake 5-2. It is the first time Lima has defeated Grand Lake at home this year. Lima finishes the home stand with an 8-1 record.
The Locos came into the game on an explosive hit streak and would continue in the final game of thier long home stand. In the fifth inning George Roberts got on base by an error and Andy Chriscaden would single. Will Arnold and Connor Hudnall would both have RBI singles to bring them in and take a 2-0 lead.
In the sixth inning the Locos would score two more runs as Andy Chriscaden would hit a double to bring home Dustin Dunlop (single) and an error would bring Taylor Pickens in as well to take a 4-0 lead. In the seventh the Mariners would have two runs as well to cut the lead in half for Lima at 4-2. But an RBI single for Dunlop in the eighth to bring home Matt Morse would add insurance and the Locos would pick up the 5-2 victory.
Zach Helewski had the start and would pick up the win, improving his record to 4-0. He would pitch eight strong innings, only allowing three hits and two earned runs. He would post five strikeouts and just one walk. Adam Clark would come in relief and pitch the final inning and would pick up the save, his third of the season. He would allow no runs or hits and had one strikeout.
The Locos have a day off and will then make the trip out to Licking County on Friday to take on the Settlers. They will be home Saturday to face off against Grand Lake once again. Lima improves to 16-7 and continues to lead the North Division.
Lima, OH- Despite a good rally in game one, the Locos would only win game two of the double header against the Stark County Terriers. The first game was a 9-5 loss in eight innings and the second was a 11-7 win in the nightcap.
Despite trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh and final inning in game one of the double header, Garrett Black and Connor Hudnall would both lead off with singles. Then, two batters later T.J. McManus had his first hit of the game, a three run homer that tied the game up at five and would send the game into extra innings. However in the top of the eighth, things would turn for the worse for the Locos after a batter was walked, intentionally walked, and hit by a pitch. Then on a debatable strikeout call, the umpires awarded the Terriers with the winning run on a pass ball. The Terriers would bring in three more runs to end the game 9-5.
However several Locos had a good first game besides the loss. Harry Clark once again had a good day with three hits at four at bats and one run scored. Hudnall also had three hits with two runs scored on five at bats. Will Arnold went 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI.
Joey Hoelzel had the start for the Locos and would pitch six innings with ten hits and five earned runs. He would have two strikeouts and three walks. Eric Kartman and Zach Sterling would both come on to pitch an inning in relief. Kartman allowed no runs or hits and had one walk. Sterling allowed just one hit, with four runs, only one of which was earned. He had three strikeouts and three walks and would pick up the loss.
Game two for the Locos saw a tough start in the early innings as they would trail the Terriers 4-0 heading into the third inning. But a big third inning would prove to be the difference for the Locos. Cesar Loiz led things off with a triple and then Dustin Dunlop hit a two run homerun to score both. Garrett Black and George Roberts would both single and Andy Chriscaden would single to bring Black home. Ryan Ussery would single and then Will Arnold would then hit a ground rule double to bring home Roberts and Chriscaden. A few batters later and Loiz would be back to single and score Ussery. Dunlop would then have a sacrifice fly to score Arnold. That was then followed up by Black hitting a triple to bring in Loiz and Kyle Niermann (walk) and the Locos never surrendered the lead again. The third inning put them up 9-4. They woud later finish with an 11-7 victory.
Josh Vandemark had the start for game two and picked up the win, his first of the season (1-0). He pitched four innings and allowed nine hits with five earned runs. He would have two strikeouts and one walk. Ethan McKenny and Travis Kottenbrock would combined pitch an inning in relief. McKenny allowed one hit with two runs (one earned) and Kottenbrock would allow no hits or runs. Both had one walk. Adam Clark would pitch the final two innings of the game. he would face just seven batters and allow no hits. He would walk just one and would strikeout five to keep the Locos victory.
Lima improves to 15-7 after the split and is 2.5 games ahead of Licking County to lead the North Division. The Locos will finish thier long home stand with a game against rival Grand Lake Mariniers tonight at 7:00.