(From GLSCL, by Maddie Kuhn)
Saturday: The Lima Locos needed 12 runs, 19 hits and 15 innings to beat the Southern Ohio Copperheads on Saturday in what was a roller coaster game for both teams. Southern Ohio led off the scoring with a run in the first before a three-run third gave Lima a 3-1 lead. The Copperheads reclaimed the lead in the fourth with their own three-run inning to make it 4-3. Lima added two more in the bottom of the fourth for a 5-4 lead before Southern Ohio tallied four runs in the fifth to make it 8-5.
Lima also plated a couple of runs in the fifth to edge closer, 8-7 and tied it in the sixth, their fourth consecutive scoring inning. Southern Ohio took a one-run lead in the seventh on a Taylor Burch home run, but they couldn't hold on to it. Closer Anthony Misiewicz blew the save when Jose Cruz grounded out to second base with the bases loaded.
The teams took that score into extra innings, where both teams remained scoreless until Southern Ohio scored a pair of runs in the 12th. Locos pitcher Tyler Murphy gave up a triple to James Coates, then intentionally walked Burch, during which Coates scored. Burch later scored on a Colton Turner double.
That would seem insurmountable, but not for the Locos, who had Tyler Grogg and Matthew Furuto score to extend the game even longer. The Locos left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th before finally breaking through to score in the 15th when Furuto singled to score Grogg, who walked, then stole second and third. Grogg passed the Locos' single season steals record (25) with six steals to give him 26. He was 2-for-3 with four runs and four walks. Casey Schroeder went 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and four walks. Furuto finished 2-for-6 with two runs, three RBI and three walks. Matt Britton had two hits with one run and one RBI.
The Locos left 27 men on base and stole 13 bases. Reliever Murphy earned the win (1-1), despite giving up two earned runs on two hits. However, he did pitch four innings, a lot of work in these days of specialized relievers. He struck out three and walked one. Southern Ohio had seven pitchers, none of which threw more than three innings. The final one, Logan Sparkman, got the loss, allowing one run three hits in 2.1 innings. He walked and struck out two.
The Copperheads left just six men on base. Burch had a stellar night, going 4-for-5 with his fourth homer of the season as well as three doubles, to put him at five for the season. He drove in two and scored three times. Coates went 2-for-7 with three runs and an RBI. Jesse Puscheck was just 1-for-6, but had four RBI, including a three-run homer, and two runs scored. Turner also homered, his first of the season, as part of a two-hit night with two RBI and a run.
Sunday: After beating the Southern Ohio Copperheads 12-11 in 15 innings on Saturday, the Lima Locos had more offensive power left in the tank as they beat the Copperheads 15-5 on Sunday. After getting 19 hits on Saturday, they added 21 more in the second game. Lima scored four in the second, two in the fourth, four in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Two Locos had four hits. Matthew Furuto went 4-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored. Tyler Olivet had a 4-for-5 night with three RBI and four runs scored. Tyler Grogg had two hits and two RBI with three runs scored while Cody Strong had a pair of hits and a trio of runs scored. Matt Britton, Jess Posey and Jose Gonzalez all drove in a couple of runs each. The Locos could have racked up even more runs, leaving 12 men on base.
Starter Travis Bergen (1-1) earned the W, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked one. Art Warren got his first save of the season, giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits in four innings. He struck out six of the 16 batters he faced and walked one.
The Copperheads managed seven hits, with three from leadoff hitter Mike Accardi in four at-bats. He also scored and stole two bases. Jesse Puscheck and Colton Turner drove in two runs, putting Puscheck at 26 for 2013 and Turner at 16. Starter Jordan Peterson got shelled, allowing 10 runs, eight earned, on 14 hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out two.