In the first game of the doubleheader, a seven-inning contest, a five-run fourth inning helped Licking County top Lima 9-4. The Settlers had nine total hits compared to the Locos six while both teams had two errors.
Three of Licking County's hits were home runs. Vinny Rodriguez, who led the Settlers with three hits, hit his first, Brandon Kregel hit his third and Josh Carpenter hit his first as well. Rodriguez also had a mammoth five RBI (19 this season) and Rodriguez, Kregel and Carpenter all scored a run as well. Ashton Perritt added two hits and two runs scored in addition to an RBI, his 12th, and a stolen base, his 11th. The team left just three men on base.
Starter Connor Murphy (3-2) earned the W, allowing two runs, none earned, on three hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked none.
Lima had six hits, two of which were doubles from AJ Flores and Matt Britton. It was Flores' third two-bagger and Britton's second. Flores led the team with two hits and he added his 9th RBI. Alex Liquori had a hit and his 10th RBI. Starter Travis Clark got the loss, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits in just four innings. He struck out three and walked one.
The second game of the doubleheader between the Licking County Settlers and Lima Locos took 12 innings to complete. The Locos finally won it when AJ Flores singled with the bases loaded to score Jose Gonzalez. The teams split the Sunday doubleheader.
Lima had 13 hits. Flores led the team with 4 in 5 at-bats. The winning RBI was his only one of the game and his 10th this season. Gonzalez was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, which tied the game in the ninth when he grounded out to the pitcher. Alex Liquori had the other RBI, his 11th. Jess Posey and Jose Cruz both hit their fifth doubles of the season and Tyler Grogg stole his 36th base, increasing his single-season GLSCL record.
Lima's two pitchers threw six innings each and the reliever in the game, Tyler Murphy (3-1), got the win, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Meanwhile, the Settlers had 11 hits with a 4-for-5 night from Josh Carpenter leading the way. He had two RBI to put him at 10 this season. Brady Wilkin also had a pair of hits and a run scored. Reliever Eric Wilson got the loss, allowing one run on two hits in 1.1 innings. He struck out two and walked one.
While most of the GLSCL teams get a day off, Lima (18-13) will travel to Lake Erie for a makeup game on Monday at 7 p.m.
The Locos return home tonight, as they will host Licking County for a double header. Game 1 will begin at 4:00, and can be heard on Lima Locos Live. Game 2 will be Host Appreciation Night, as we thank and celebrate out host families, who house our players for the season. The second game is scheduled for 7:00, and can be heard on 93.1 the Fan FM and 931thefan.com. Aaron Matthews and former Locos head coach Daniel Furuto will have the call. The Locos are 17-12 on the year, chasing down second place Licking Co. at 21-13.
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.