LIMA — Locos lefty Tanner Hall was cruising along until the sixth.
At that point, Saginaw’s bats caught fire.
Throw in a Locos’ error and a hit batter and the Sugar Beats were well on their way.
Saginaw scored six in the sixth and went on to post a 7-3 victory the Lima Locos Tuesday at Simmons Field.
The Locos (16-10) are in first place in the Northern Division of the Great Lakes Collegiate League, one-half game ahead of St. Clair (16-11).
Saginaw is 15-12.
In the fifth inning, Hall (Mercer) gave up one run, but wiggled out of a big jam. With one Saginaw run in and the Locos ahead 2-1, Saginaw had the bases loaded with one out.
Hall then struck out two in a row and got the third hitter to ground out.
But Hall wasn’t as fortunate in the sixth, when the Locos started the inning on top 3-1.
“I guess the fifth kind of wore me out a little bit, with the bases-loaded jam,” Hall said. “I was running off a high (in the fifth) and I thought I could get the job done (in the sixth). It was an unfortunate start to the sixth with a couple of bloops hits, then they really got it going. … It kind of unraveled on me. It was one of those nights.’’
Hall gave up a single, double, then there was an error.
Then, he hit a batter.
Then Saginaw’s Brady Wood had an RBI single to tie the game at 3 in the sixth.
Conner Marshall’s RBI single gave Saginaw a 4-3 lead.
That was it for Hall and on came Carter Bowen out of the Locos’ pen.
Noah Marcoux’s two-run single kicked the lead to 6-3.
“I thought he (Hall) was still making good pitches (in the sixth),” Locos coach Jared Gaynor said. “The only hard hit ball that I can remember was the ball to center field (the double).”
Hall worked 5 1/3 innings and gave up six runs, five earned, on nine hits.
He struck out seven and walked one.
“I thought he pitched fine tonight,” Gaynor said of Hall. “They were crowding the plate and he hit a couple of guys, which honestly I thought they were over the plate a little too much.
“I thought his change-up was really sharp and his fastball inside was really good. I think he pitched a lot better than what the numbers say.’’
The only bright spot for the fans was Locos’ pitchers Hall, Jake Meyer and Brison Finney combined for 13 strikeouts, which means a free pizza for everyone at the game courtesy of Westgate Lanes.
The Locos took a 2-0 lead in the home fourth.
Mark Castelblanco walked, stole second and came home on an RBI “hustle double” to left by Judd Ward.
The Locos made it 2-0 when Anthony Amicangleo lined an RBI single to right.
The Sugar Beets got within 2-1 in the fifth when Robinette put down a perfect RBI single.
Lima pushed its lead to 3-1 when Daniel Seres walked with the bases loaded in the home fifth.
Locos All-Stars: A total of 10 Locos made the GLCL All-Star team, including six starters. Starters named were catcher Daniel Seres (Kennesaw State), second baseman John Privitera (Missouri State), shortstop Tyler Simon (Kennesaw State), third baseman Michael Diffley (Arizona Christian), designated hitter Brad Croy (Bowling Green) and outfielder Anthony Amicangelo (Johnson County CC). Also named to the team were first baseman Cade Beloso (LSU) and pitchers Jordan Marks (South Carolina-Upstate), A.G. Ayala (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) and Tanner Hall (Mercer).
The All-Star Game is 7 p.m. July 17 at Presco Park in Mason.
Locos notes: The Locos are at Saginaw today, then return home for 7 p.m. home games against Cincinnati Thursday and Friday at Simmons Field.
Locos outfielder Anthony Amicangelo now has enough at-bats (60) to qualify among the league leaders and ranks second in hitting at .400. … Michael Diffley (Arizona Christian) is 10th in hitting at .365. Diffley also ranks seventh in runs with 23 and ninth in stolen bases (12).
Cade Beloso (LSU) ranks fifth in the league in home runs (5) and is 10th in RBI (22). He’s eighth in doubles (7) and is hitting .325.
John Privitera (Missouri State) ranks seventh in stolen bases (13).
The Locos rank fourth in the league in hitting (.284). They are second in home runs (20), fifth in runs scored (179) and sixth in stolen bases (56).
The Locos’ pitching ranks sixth in ERA (5.01). … Locos’ starters have an ERA of 3.77. Relievers have an ERA of 6.88.
Locos All-Stars: A total of 10 Locos made the GLCL All-Star team, including six starters. Starters named were catcher Daniel Seres, second baseman John Privitera, shortstop Tyler Simon, third baseman Michael Diffley, designated hitter Brad Croy and outfielder Anthony Amicangelo. Also named to the team were first baseman Cade Beloso and pitchers Jordan Marks, A.G. Ayala and Tanner Hall.
The All-Star Game is at 7 p.m. July 17 at Presco Park in Mason.
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