LIMA — Chattahoochee Valley has been pretty good to the Lima Locos over the years.
Tuesdy night was another one of those times in which the CV pipeline paid off.
The Locos picked up a win and a save from the Chattahoochee Valley duo of Ben Taylor and Matt Vollenweider to bump off Hamilton 5-2 at Simmons Field.
The Locos used four pitchers and they combined to give up two runs, both unearned, on five hits.
“Pitching-wise we did great,” Locos coach Daniel Furuto said. “Ben went out there and gave us a great start and in this league, you have to have a good start.”
The Locos stand 3-2. Hamilton dropped to 3-2.
Hamilton took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. The Locos came back and scored three in the home third to take a 3-1 lead.
The Joes added an unearned run in the top of the sixth to get within 3-2. The Locos added on with two in the eighth to make it 5-2.
The right-handed Taylor (1-0) worked five innings and gave up one unearned run on four hits for the win. He struck out six and walked one with his fastball, slider and change-up.
“It was a matter of trusting my stuff and getting everything to work,” Taylor said.
Garrick Whittle (Morehead State) came on and went one inning and gave up one unearned run and struck out two. Sidearmer Justin McCalvin (Kennesaw State) threw two shutout, no-hit innings.
Vollenweider then came on for the ninth. He walked one, then retired the next three hitters, including striking out the last two on nose-diving sliders.
“I’ve got a slider and right now it was the only pitch I could throw for a strike,” Vollenweider said. “(At school) I was pretty much throwing all sliders and mixing in a fastball here and there.”
At Chattahoochee Valley this year, Vollenweider had 10 saves and a 0.36 ERA.
“Any time you can shorten up a game, that’s what you’re looking for,” Furuto said. “And right now they (McCalvin and Vollenweider) are our two guys at the back end. They do a good job of coming in and getting outs.”
Offensively, Locos second baseman Victor Barron went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Jacob Bruce went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and an RBI.
In the Locos’ third, Chase Davis and T.J. Losby walked. Stuart Eisler was hit with a pitch to load the bases. Greg Brodzinski’s RBI groundout to short tied the game at 1.
Barron’s double over the head of the Joes’ right fielder scored two and gave the Locos a 3-1 lead in the third.
The Locos led 3-1 in the fourth when the Joes loaded the bases with no outs against Taylor. The right-hander then kicked his velocity up from 82-83 to 85-87 and struck out the next three hitters to wiggle out of the jam.
“I had to tell myself to start throwing some strikes,” Taylor said. “I think it was one of those things where I knew I needed it (the good fastball) and I had it there, so I let it fly.”
Locos notes: The Locos’ latest roster addition is infielder Victor Barron (Madonna) … The Locos are back home at 7 tonight against Lake Erie. … Ohio U. infielder Garrett Black (Shawnee) took batting and fielding practice prior to Tuesday’s game. He’s working his way back from an illness he had at Ohio U. in which he lost 13 pounds.