HAMILTON — The Great Lakes Collegiate League championship will be decided in Lima.
The Locos will take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three GLCL championship series back to Simmons Field today.
Game 2 at Hamilton was postponed on Monday because of a rain/high wind/hail storm, which came through Hamilton at close to 6 p.m. When the rain and hail storm was over, the outfield at Foundation Field was filled with standing water and ruled unplayable.
As per the GLCL rules, when Game 2 in the championship series is rained out, the higher seed (Locos) will host a doubleheader today at Simmons Field. The doubleheader, Game 2 and Game 3 (if necessary), will start at 5 p.m. today.
“It will be two nine-inning games in Lima at 5 tomorrow,” GLCL commissioner Deron Brown said after checking with the league by-laws. “Hamilton will be the home team for the first game.”
The Locos won the first game in the championship series 2-0 at Simmons Field Sunday.
“It’ll be nice to be at home, but hopefully it won’t take two games,” Locos third baseman Will Kilgore said. “We have a good streak rolling. We’ve won 24 of 26 (including the playoffs). We’re trying to finish it with one more game and that will be that.”
Added Locos left fielder Luke Reynolds, “It’s going to be good to have that home crowd again like yesterday. … We’ll be alive at five tomorrow.”
Locos coach Chad Ehrnsberger said he’ll keep the same starting pitcher today that he planned on Monday.
“Colin (Gossard, from Bath and University of Findlay) will still get the start in Game 1 tomorrow, but everyone’s available,” Ehrnsberger said. “Tomorrow, it will be all hands on deck. Everyone will be available except Isaiah (Montoya-Gonzales, who threw eight shutout innings Sunday).”
The Locos are 3-0 in the playoffs, after sweeping Licking County 2-0 in the semifinals series, then taking a 1-0 lead on Hamilton in the championship series.
During the regular season, the Locos won the GLCL regular-season title and set a franchise record with a winning percentage of .800 (28-7).
“There’s so many things I like about these guys,” Ehrnsberger said. “I’ve gotten to know a lot of these guys really well. They are such good guys, hard workers and good people. They are talented and are good guys. It’s a thrill to be around them.”
Locos notes: Locos right-hander Nick Eltzroth (Ohio Northern) will miss the playoffs with a right elbow injury he sustained in late July. … The Locos have won three GLCL titles, 1993, 2004 and 2011. …. Hamilton’s only GLCL title came in 2010.
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