Lima, OH- The Locos got the bats swinging early and would sweep the Lexington Hustlers in the double header at Simmons Field. Lima would combine for 24 hits in both games and defeat the Hustlers 8-4 and 13-4.
In the first game Lima got things started with a three run second inning that saw Andy Chriscaden get walked and Will Arnold single. Garrett Black would single and then advance third on a Hustler error and both Chriscaden and Arnold would score. Ryan Ussery would have a RBI double that would bring Black home and the Locos would take a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth inning Black would single and Ussery would add to his great day with a two run homerun. Matt Morse would later come home on sacrifice bunt from Taylor Pickens and the Locos would take a 6-0 lead. However fielding troubles would put Hustlers on base and the lead would be cut to 6-4.
But the Locos would strike back with two more runs as Matt Morse would score on a Taylor Pickens single and Cesar Loiz would come home on a George Roberts sacrifice fly.
Mike O'Neal had the start on the mound for the first game and would also get the win, improving his record to 2-1. O'Neal pitched 4.2 innings and faced 24 batters allowing only six hits. Four runs were scored, but all of them were unearned. Adam Tyson and Zach Sterling would both pitch in relief. Tyson would pitch two thirds of an inning, with two strikeouts. Sterling would pitch 1.1 innings allowing no hits. He would have two strikeouts and would pick up the save, his third on the season.
In Game 2 of the double header the Locos took a big lead in the first inning and never looked back. Lima would capitalize off of six hits and would bat through the entire lineup as they took a 7-0 lead after the first. Leadoff Taylor Pickens would go 2 for 2 and have two RBI in the first inning alone. Harry Clark, T.J. McManus, Garrett Black and Kyle Niermann would all have RBI singles in the first as well. In the third inning Niermann and Matt Morse both got on base and Dustin Dunlop brought home Niermann with a RBI single and Morse came home on a George Roberts sacrifice bunt. Dunlop would later come home off an Andy Chriscaden RBI double.
Locos would add runs in the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth it was a Niermann double that scored Black and in the sixth Niermann brought Clark home on a fielders choice and McManus would come home on an error.
Catlan Kendrick started things off for the Locos in game two and would get the win, improving his record to 3-1. He would pitch five innings with just five hits, and three earned runs. He would also have two strikeouts. Josh Vandemark and Travis Kottenbrock would both pitch two innings in relief. Vandemark would allow just four hits and one earned run. Kottenbrock would allow no hits or runs and would post two strikeouts.
The Locos improve to 11-6 on the season with the sweep. They host the Xenia Scouts in a double header today starting at 4:00. This is due to a rain out at Xenia earlier this season.