CELINA — Grand Lake only had four hits, but it got the one it needed when it counted.
Grand Lake’s P.J. Nowak delivered an RBI single in the seventh inning to lift the Mariners over the Lima Locos 1-0 on Friday at Montgomery Field.
Isaac Beller, J.J. Buckey and closer Gerardo Dudamel combined on the nine-hit shutout for the Mariners.
The Locos are 11-9, while Grand Lake is 13-13. Grand Lake is 4-0 against the Locos this year.
The Locos had their chances, but had eight runners left on base.
In the eighth, Shawn Sanders opened with a single to right and Tyler Grogg reached on a bunt single. Reliever Buckey then retired the next three hitters to escape damage.
In the ninth, Zack Fields started it off with a single to left. After Jose Cruz struck out, the left-hander Dudamel was brought on to face Locos left-handed hitters Matt Britton and Jess Posey.
Britton hit into a fielder’s choice grounder and Posey flied out to center to end it.
It marked Dudamel’s fourth save of the year and the third time he closed out the Locos.
“I threw all straight fastballs,” Dudamel said. “I would think (after three appearances) they would get a bead on me, but they haven’t yet. I’m waiting for them to skyrocket balls, but not yet.”
Grand Lake starter Beller worked seven shutout innings and gave up six hits. He struck out four and walked one. Beller threw 88 pitches, 56 for strikes.
“Isaac was really, really good today,” Grand Lake coach Cody Castle said. “When he got runners on, he seemed to be at his best. That’s what it takes to win a 1-0 ballgame.”
Grand Lake scored its only run in the seventh. Jason Scholl walked. He was then bunted over to second and took third on a groundout.
Scholl came home from third on an RBI parachute single to center by Nowak.
At that point, Locos coach Chad Ehrnsberger was tossed out of the game after he pointed out to the umpire that Scholl was the one who was nearly picked off first base by reliever Tyler Miller earlier in the inning.
Locos starter Keaton Baker (Middle Tennessee State) continues to make his way back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He threw five shutout innings and gave up one hit. He struck out six and walked two. Baker, who was named to the All-Star team, threw 80 pitches, 47 for strikes.
“It was probably the hardest I’ve thrown this summer,” Baker said. “I feel like I’m getting back up there (with my velocity). The hardest I’ve been clocked at is 95. My first outing earlier this summer I threw 93, but it dropped down because I haven’t been used to throwing.”
Ehrnsberger said, “Keaton’s been doing a great job all year. He earned the All-Star nod. Every time we put him on the mound I feel we have a good shot at winning.”
Fields went 2 for 4, while Sanders was 2 for 3 for the Locos.
Locos notes: Locos left fielder Tyler Grogg ran 6.42 seconds in the 60 at the All-Star Game workout combine. He was the fastest in the league at the combine. … Locos added outfielder Tyler Olivet (San Jose State) to the roster on Friday.