Locos’ offense stays hot


Lima scores 7 first-inning runs in win against Muskegon

By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



The Lima Locoss Alexei Cazarin (26) gets a fist bump from teammate Tyler Tolve after scoring during the first inning for Friday night’s game against Muskegon at Simmons Field.

The Lima Locoss Alexei Cazarin (26) gets a fist bump from teammate Tyler Tolve after scoring during the first inning for Friday night’s game against Muskegon at Simmons Field.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Dylan Coburn pitches for the Lima Locos during Friday night’s game against Muskegon at Simmons Field.

Dylan Coburn pitches for the Lima Locos during Friday night’s game against Muskegon at Simmons Field.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Lima Locos first baseman Jacob Pennington snares a grounder during Friday night’s game against Muskegon at Simmons Field.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

LIMA — The Lima Locos apparently had plenty left in the offensive tank from Thursday.

After scoring 15 Thursday in a rout at Grand Lake, the Locos came out and pounded the ball on Friday.

The Locos scored seven in the first and went on to roll past Muskegon 15-6 in a Great Lakes Collegiate League game Friday at Simmons Field.

The Locos are 3-1. Muskegon is 2-3.

Locos pitchers also posted a total of 13 strikeouts, which was good for free pizza for everyone in attendance who stuck around to the end.

Over the last two games, the Locos have scored 30 runs on 31 hits.

“I like that we have a lot of guys who continue to work hard and grind at-bats,” Locos coach Matt Furuto said. “I think we have some very good athletes.

“Right now we’re doing all the little things. And it’s always good to hit and pitch like we have.’’

Leading the way on Friday was catcher/third baseman Tyler Tolve (Kennesaw State), who went 3 for 5 with a double, home run and six RBI.

“We’ve having a good time, one through nine in the lineup,” Tolve said. “Whether one guy’s doing bad or one guy’s doing good, we’re all picking each other up and having a fun time. … It’s a lot of fun in the dugout right now.’’

Tolve, a left-handed hitter, went the other way with his double and home run.

Furuto said of Tolve, “He’s a really smart player and works hard. He’s been very good working that way.’’

Zach Sweet (Lamar) went 2 for 6. Jacob Pennington (Murray State) went 2 for 5 with two RBI.

Lavoisier Fisher (Georgia Highlands) was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base.

After scoring seven in the first, the Locos added one in the second and one in the third to take a 9-0 lead. Muskegon scored three in the fourth to get within 9-3.

Zach Sweet opened the first for the Locos with a single. Ryan Smith was hit by a pitch.

Tolve lined a two-run double down the left-field line to give the Locos a 2-0 lead.

“It was an outside pitch and I just tried to go with it and drive it the other way,” Tolve said. “I’m trying to see the ball over the plate, keep my hands inside and hit balls hard. I finished really well in the college season, so it’s good I can take it into the summer season and keep working.’’

Gavin Harmon reached on a throwing error on the Clippers shortstop, which allowed Tolve to score from second. That pushed the Locos’ lead to 3-0.

Colton Frank then walked. Jacob Pennington followed with an RBI single to left and it was 4-0.

Alexei Cazarin’s RBI single to right gave the Locos a 5-0 lead.

Fisher reached first on catcher’s interference. Sweet’s RBI groundout to short gave the Locos a 6-0 lead.

Smith then had an RBI single to center and it was 7-0.

Add it all up and the Locos knocked out seven runs on five hits in the opening inning.

Pennington’s RBI single in the second, his second RBI of the game, gave Lima an 8-0 lead.

Tolve’s RBI single in the third gave him three RBI in three innings, and pushed the Locos’ lead to 9-0.

Tolve crushed a three-run home run to left-center field in the home seventh to give the Locos a 13-5 lead. That gave Tolve six RBI on the day.

Locos starter right-hander Dylan Coburn (Louisiana-Lafayette) went 3 1/3 innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits. He struck out six and walked two.

Coburn threw 81 pitches, 47 for strikes.

Kevin Miranda (Clarendon) followed Coburn to the mound and threw 2 2/3 innings of shutout, one-hit ball for the victory. He struck out three.

Kyler Seeman (UNOH/Patrick Henry) threw the final two innings and gave up one run on two hits. He struck out four.

“They’ve done a nice job of mixing pitches and filling up the zone,” Furuto said.

Locos notes: Outfielder Don Goodes (VMI/Wapakoneta) is out for the summer after an MRI on his thumb revealed a torn ligament. Goodes injured his thumb at VMI, but played in the Locos’ first game while he waited for the results from the MRI. He’ll have surgery on this thumb next week.

Muskegon returns to Lima at 7 p.m. today for the second game of the three-game series. The series wraps up at 5 p.m. Sunday at Simmons Field.

The Locos won the series over Grand Lake (2-1) with a 15-2 romp over the Mariners on Thursday at Montgomery Field. The Locos’ Zach Sweet went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBI. Ryan Smith was 3 for 6 with a home run. Lavoisier Fisher was 1 for 4 with a home run and three RBI.

The Locos added UNOH pitchers right-hander Tyshaun Chapman (Pontiac, Mich.) and right-hander Jacob Carlsen (Sycamore, Ill.) to the roster this week.

Also pitcher Kevin Miranda (Clarendon), arrived this week from Panama.

The Lima Locoss Alexei Cazarin (26) gets a fist bump from teammate Tyler Tolve after scoring during the first inning for Friday night’s game against Muskegon at Simmons Field.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/web1_LL3-1.jpgThe Lima Locoss Alexei Cazarin (26) gets a fist bump from teammate Tyler Tolve after scoring during the first inning for Friday night’s game against Muskegon at Simmons Field. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Dylan Coburn pitches for the Lima Locos during Friday night’s game against Muskegon at Simmons Field.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/web1_LL5-1.jpgDylan Coburn pitches for the Lima Locos during Friday night’s game against Muskegon at Simmons Field. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Lima Locos first baseman Jacob Pennington snares a grounder during Friday night’s game against Muskegon at Simmons Field.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/06/web1_LL1-1.jpgLima Locos first baseman Jacob Pennington snares a grounder during Friday night’s game against Muskegon at Simmons Field. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Lima scores 7 first-inning runs in win against Muskegon

By Tom Usher

sports@limanews.com

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

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