It was a tough weekend for the Locos as they would go 1-3, picking up thier only win at home on Saturday, a 14-0 demolishing of rival Grand Lake. On Friday Lima was clobbered by Licking County 15-3, and was swept by Southern Ohio Sunday, 6-3 and 13-1.
Against Licking County Garrett Black, Harry Clark and Cesar Loiz led the way in batting for the Locos, but a nine run inning by the Settlers would prove to be the downfall. Mike O'Neal had the start and picked up the loss. He would allow eight runs off of nine hits, only two of which were earned. He would also have three strikeouts and one walk. Travis Kottenbrock and Eric Kartman would pitch in relief, each allowing three earned runs. Kottenbrock had one strikeout and Kartman had three.
At home against Grand Lake the Locos took out their frustration on Grand Lake. Andy Chriscaden and Dustin Dunlop would both hit home runs and Kyle Niermann would have a triple to lead the way for the Locos. Catlan Kendrick had the start and picked up the win as well. He only allowed five hits and had six strikeouts and one walk Drew Williams and Connor Hudnall would both pitch an inning in relief. Williams struck out three and only walked one. Hudnall would have one strikeout as well. Neither would allow any hits.
The Locos would be swept however by Southern Ohio the next day. In game one, the Copperheads had a six run third inning that proved to be the difference in a 6-3 win. Andy Chriscaden and Ryan Ussery led the way in batting. Luke Bushur had the start and picked up the loss. He allowed six hits with six runs (only one earned) and had two strikeouts and one walk. Travis Kottenbrock pitched in relief and only allowed one hit.
Game two saw the Copperheads take control early in route to a 13-1 smackdown on Lima. George Roberts and Kyle Niermann would have the only two hits for the Locos. Niermann had a double. The Locos saw five different pitcher take the mound. Josh Vandemark had the start and picked up the loss. He allowed five hits with six runs, five earned. He had two strikeouts and three walks. Jon Weaver would allow four hits with three runs, two of which were earned, along with one strikeout and walk. Ethan McKenny would allow only three hits with no runs and would have three strikeouts. Zach Sterling allowed four hits and four earned runs with one strikeout and walk. Will Arnold would also pitch in relief and allow no hits or runs and had one strikout.
The Locos still hold a 3.5 game lead over Licking County for the North Division. Lima hosts Lake Erie tonight at Simmons Field. First pitch will be at 7:00.