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.
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Daniel Furuto takes over as Head Coach of Lima Locos
Lima, OH (TW) _ Daniel Furuto, a native of Birmingham, Ala., has accepted an offer to become the eighth Head Coach of the Lima Locos. He is the first man to helm the team after formerly playing for the Locos.
Furuto was a popular outfielder for the club in 2007, helping the Locos claim the Great Lakes League Regular Season Title with a record of 26-12. He was named Second Team All League, hitting .295 with 5 HR.
His season in Lima came in the midst of his playing days at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. As a four year starter (2005-08), Furuto was a career .330 hitter, finishing among the school's all-time leaders in career, season and single-game home runs and hits.
Furuto collected a pair of Second Team All-Gulf South Conference nods during his collegiate career, making the list as an outfielder in 2006 and as a first baseman in 2008.
Also a four-time academic all-conference performer, Furuto led Montevallo to its first Division II College World Series appearance and a No. 3 final national ranking in 2006. Furuto garnered South Central Regional Tournament MVP honors to propel the Falcons into the College World Series that season.
The following season, the Falcons notched a school record for wins, closing out 2007 with a 47-17 mark, and a South Central Regional championship game appearance.
Furuto received his B.S. in mathematics from Montevallo in 2008, with a minor in kinesiology.
Following his collegiate playing days, he joined the coaching ranks, returning to his Alma Mater, Briarwood Christian School. He coached the varsity and junior varsity as an assistant from 2008-10. Along side head coach Lee Hall, Briarwood recorded its best record in school history at 31-9, finishing as the 5A state runner-up with a .350 team batting average and a school record in home runs. In his second season as an assistant with Briarwood, the squad posted a 23-11 mark and captured the area championship.
Furuto also worked with the Diamond Club School of Baseball in Birmingham, working with professional baseball players Jarrod Patterson and Keith Whatley in the fall of 2008.
His latest stop is at Campbell Universtiy where he served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach in 2011. He will continue in that position this coming spring.
Furuto served as an assistant coach for the Locos in 2009 under Head Coach Rob Livchak. He was promoted by new Head Coach Gene Stechschulte, serving as associate head coach in 2010.
With the Locos, Furuto aided the team to a 46-29 record in two seasons, including a 28-8 2009 mark and a regular season championship. In the summer of 2010, Lima finished 18-21, closing the year with a 17-13 record over their final 30 games.
The Locos are coming off a Great Lake League Championship in 2011. After a 28-14 regular season, Lima entered the playoffs as North Division Champions and the #2 overall seed.
After losing Game 1 of the best of 3 semifinal series at Licking County, Lima took Games 2 and 3 at Simmons Field to advance to the Championship Series vesus top-seeded Southern Ohio.
Lima won Game 1, 9-2 at home and won Game 2, 2-1 in Athens to claim the franchise’s third GLSCL Championship (1993 and 2004).
Following the season, Gene Stechschulte stepped down as Locos Coach, citing the desire to free up his summer to spend more time with his young family.
Locos Head Coaches
1987 Fred Hattery
1988-89 Darren Mazeroski
1990 Roger Ingles
1991-1994 Rob Livchak
1995 David Martin (First Half)
Rob Livchak (Second Half)
1996 Rob Livchak
1997-1999 Erick Hagen
2000-2009 Rob Livchak
2010-2011 Gene Stechschulte
(Some Furuto biographical information contributed by Campbell University Sports Information)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2011 10:01