Lima Locos catcher Andrew Dennis has accepted an offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he has joined the Pirates minor league system. Dennis hit .297 with the Locos, including 4 doubles, a home run, and a team leading 11 RBI's. The city of Lima and the Lima Locos are sad to see him go, but we wish him the best of luck as he continues his baseball career!
In game 1, Tommy Kister's masterful pitching performance brought the win to Xenia. Kister (2-0) two-hit the Locos through seven innings. He allowed one run and five strikeouts and faced just 25 batters. The starter maintains a 1.50 ERA through 18 innings pitched. He's struck out 14 hitters compared to one walk.
His offense backed him up with two runs in the second inning and one in the third. In the second, both runs were unearned as Joey Miller and Zach Gilcrease scored due to errors. A Lincoln Reed RBI single scored Cory Reid for the Scouts' third run. Lima's Andrew Dennis hit a sacrifice fly to score Shawn Sanders in the sixth to edge closer, but didn't get further.
Xenia had five hits, one from each of the five middle batters in the lineup, Reid, Reed, Miller, Gilcrease and Lucas Salerno. The Locos had just a couple of hits, one from Sanders and one from Alex Liquori. Lima starter Aron Mcree took the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits in 4.2 innings. He walked and struck out three hitters each.
Lima 5, Xenia 0 (Game 2)
Lima's pitching staff of Keaton Baker, Will Solomon and Tyler Murphy combined to shutout the Xenia Scouts, beating the Scouts 5-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.
The starter Baker (2-0), earned the win, throwing five innings of two-hit baseball. He struck out five batters and walked four. Solomon picked up the next two innings, giving up just one hit while striking out two. Murphy followed with the final two frames and struck out three while giving up two hits.
Tyler Grogg had his usual two stolen bases, putting him at 19 for the season while the Locos' single season record stands at 25. He had one hit and a run scored. Cody Strong led the game with three hits and a run scored. Andrew Dennis had three of the team's four RBI from the game. Dennis now stands at 11 RBI for the season.
Xenia totaled five hits, two which came from Evan Robinson. Andrew Carrillo added a double. Scouts starter Adam Collier got the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on three hits in two innings. He walked four and struck out one.
This Sunday, the Locos are holding their annual canned food drive night to help the West Ohio Food Bank. All fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate, and each fan who brings a donation will recieve FREE admission! The game will also be broadcast on 93.1 the Fan, and Aaron Matthews will have the call. Listen to the game on the radio at 93.1 FM, or at 931thefan.com outside the Limaland area. The Locos will take on the Lexington Hustlers from Simmons Field, and the game is slated to begin at 7:00.
Kalida native and former minor leaguer Chad Ehrnsberger has been named the new head coach of the Lima Locos after former coach Daniel Furuto resigned. Ehrnsberger helped lead his Kalida High School baseball team to state in 1995, and was a 4 time All-American at Ohio State and Central Florida University. He played 9 seasons of minor league baseball in the Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals organizations, where he was a 5 time All Star and held a career batting average of .300. Ehrnsberger is now an assisstant coach at Ohio Northern under former Locos manager Gene Stechschulte. A former Loco himself, Ehrnsberger is familiar with the GLSCL and is no stranger to the head coaching position, holding the job with summer travel league teams in Tampa and Columbus. Furuto, who was promoted to assisstant coach and recruiting coordinator at Union (Ky.) College, said he was not able to hold both time-consuming jobs during the summer. Furuto led the Locos last season to a 24-15 record, good for a regular season GLSCL title. He was also a member of the 2011 championship coaching staff and a Locos player in 2007. Ehrnsberger is epected to announce his coaching staff in the next few days.
TORONTO -- Former Lima Locos pitcher Chad Jenkins has made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays this season. Jenkins has come on to pitch for the Blue Jays in relief, making his first MLB appearance on August 7th against the Tampa Bay Rays. He would post 3.0 innings of work, allowing only two hits and notching two strikeouts. Since that appearance in Tampa, he has recorded 5.2 innings of relief pitching and has allowed no earned runs or hits since the game against the Rays. He has the two strikeouts and has yet to walk a batter. He has pitched against the New York Yankees and most recently, the Chicago White Sox. Jenkins pitched in the 9th inning in both appearances against the White Sox.
*Jenkins was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft Tuesday night. He was taken #20 overall by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jenkins was named Third-Team All America this past season at Kennesaw State University, posting an 8-1 record with a 2.54 ERA. At one point in the season had authored 41 consecutive scoreless innings on his way to being named the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year.
In 2008 for the Locos Jenkins was the team’s best pitcher as he went 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 7 starts.*