Homers help Locos past Monarchs

FLAT ROCK, Mich. — The Lima Locos used a pair of home runs to rally back and beat the Lake Erie Monarchs.

Mitchell Carriger provided the firepower for the Locos (11-5) in the top of the sixth inning, hitting a two-run shot to pull Lima ahead 3-2. Carriger, of Maryville University, drove in Grant Williams, who’d gotten to first base on a single.

The Locos’ Cole Gordon started Lima’s rally in the fifth inning, hitting his second home run of the season in the top of the fifth inning to pull within 2-1. Gordon, of Mississippi State, also hit a double in the game, going 2 for 4.

Lake Erie had taken a 2-0 lead, thanks to Dazon Cole’s triple to lead off the bottom of the first inning, followed up by Kevin Sullivan’s double to score him. Then, in the third inning, Sullivan led off with a triple, only to be driven in with Ross Haffey’s sacrifice fly to left field.

Isaiah Gonzalez-Montoya, of Butler County Community College, picked up the win, pitching 5 1/3 innings and giving up five hits. Seth Kinker, of Ohio State, earned the save, pitching two scoreless innings.

The Monarchs stumbled to 6-11.

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