After being down 2-0 to the Hamilton Joes for most of the game, the Lima Locos scored a run in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to beat the Joes 3-2 on Saturday. It's their third win in four games.
Wild pitches led to the run in the seventh. With two outs, Shawn Sanders singled, then moved to second. A wild pitch moved Sanders to third and he scored on another errant pitch. Speedy Tyler Grogg singled, then moved to second and third on wild pitches, but Matthew Furuto struck out before Grogg could get home.
In the eighth, Jess Posey hit an RBI single to tie the game, scoring AJ Flores, who reached on an error by the second baseman. After the first out of the inning and an intentional walk to Alex Liquori to load the bases, Matt Britton singled to score Casey Schroeder and give the Locos the lead.
Posey and Sanders each had two hits. The RBI was Posey's 7th of the season and Britton's 6th. The team left nine men on base, including three in the eighth.
Reliever Garrett Scott (1-0) earned the W in his first appearance, throwing zeroes during his one inning of work. Art Warren got his second save, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Hamilton had just two hits. Ethan McAlpine had one and a run scored. Seth Martin was 1-for-3 with an RBI, his 8th. The Joes did steal six bases, McAlpine had two, Adam Collins two, Cody Leichman one and Martin one. Reliever Michael Roberts got the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits in one inning. He walked two and struck out one.
Lima stays home tonight and will face Licking County in a double header, beginning at 4:00.
Tyler Grogg stole 8 bases, scored 9 runs on 4 walks, and hit .462 this past week to become the second Loco named Player of the Week in the GLSCL. He broke the Locos all time record on Saturday with his 26th stolen base, and 6 in the game, breaking a record that had stood since 1990. He is now tied for the GLSCL all time record of 31 stolen bases in a single season. Grogg also drove in 3 runs during the week. Congratulations to Tyler!
After piling on 12 and 15 runs on the Southern Ohio Copperheads the past two games, the Lima Locos' offense continued to run wild as they beat the Lexington Hustlers 13-11.
In a sloppy game, both teams had six errors, the Locos needed just seven hits to compile all of the runs. After the Hustlers plated one in the first, the Locos responded in kind in the second. A five-run fourth lifted Lima until Lexington made up those runs with three in the fifth and two in the sixth to tie it 6-6. The Hustlers took a 9-7 lead until a six-run seventh gave the Locos enough runs to pull out the win, despite allowing two more runners to cross home in the Lexington ninth.
AJ Flores led the Locos with two hits. He added two runs and two RBI. Jess Posey had one hit, a double, but he scored three runs and drove in a run. Shawn Sanders had a hit, two runs scored and three RBI, to put him at 17 runs batted in this season. Matt Britton drove in a pair of runs on one hit with one run and Tyler Grogg went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two stolen bases to put his season total at 28.
Reliever Ruben Medina, appearing in his first game for Lima, got the W, allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits in 2.2 innings. He walked and struck out two. Stephen Glaze picked up the save, giving up one hit and striking out one in the bottom third of the ninth inning.
The Hustlers totaled 14 hits, including Matthew Kaskow's 3-for-5 night. He scored three times and stole four bases, putting him at 17 for the year. Tyler Jackson also had three hits in five at-bats, with two RBI and a run scored. David Simmons and Jared Martin each had two hits, including Simmons' first homer of the year, a solo shot. Both players had one run and one RBI. Scott Johnson and Tyler Ward drove in two runs apiece as well. The Hustlers left 15 men on base.
Trent Martin took the loss, allowing seven runs, four earned, on six hits in three innings. He walked and struck out one.
Lima (14-9) has a doubleheader against Licking County on Tuesday at 4 and 7 p.m. The Locos send Aron Mcree against Thomas Olson and an unnamed starter versus Charles Cooper, respectively.
Tonight, the Locos will host the Lexington Hustlers, and the Locos are havingtheir Warrior Mode Night. We celebrate and remember those who have fought the battle against cancer. In addition, the consession stand will have a special: just $1 buys you a small hot dog and a can of pop! It'll be Lima (13-9) sending Engel Diaz to the mound against Lexington (12-16) starter Austin Warner. You can listen to both games on 93.1 the Fan, as Vince Koza and former Loco manager Rob Livchak will have the call. Listen in at 93.1 the Fan FM or 931thefan.com. Game starts at 7:00!
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.