Locos win sixth straight


Sweep doubleheader against Galion

By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



The Lima Locos’ Jackson Miller tags second base and then throws on to first to secure a double play against Galion, during a Friday night game at Simmons Field.

The Lima Locos’ Jackson Miller tags second base and then throws on to first to secure a double play against Galion, during a Friday night game at Simmons Field.


Levi A. Morman | The Lima News

The Lima Locos’ Colton Frank slides safely into second base during a Friday night game against Galion at Simmons Field.

The Lima Locos’ Colton Frank slides safely into second base during a Friday night game against Galion at Simmons Field.


Levi A. Morman | The Lima News

Jacob Lewis pitches for the Lima Locos during a Friday night game against Galion at Simmons Field.


Levi A. Morman | The Lima News

LIMA — Both teams looked off kilter early as the first game was picked up in the third inning.

But the Lima Locos recovered and started to whack the ball around the park in the later innings.

The Locos scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning to post an 8-6 first-game victory over Galion Friday at Simmons Field.

The Locos went on to a doubleheader sweep by posting a 7-5 victory over Galion in the second game.

“They (Galion) came out swinging, but we made our hits count and we struck back and found ways to score,” Locos coach Matt Furuto said.

The first-place Locos (19-8) have won six in a row and 10 of their last 11 games.

“It’s been a team effort,” Furuto said. “We’ve had some days when our pitching’s been great and some days when our hitting’s been great, then some days it’s been combined. You’re always hoping you can stay in games and find ways to score and we’ve done that. We’re trying to keep it rolling.’’

Galion is 6-20.

In the second game, Locos reliever Kyler Seemann (UNOH) escaped a final-inning, bases-loaded, no-outs jam with three straight strikeouts for the save.

Trevor Hatton led the Locos in the first game, as he went 3 for 5 with two doubles and a game-winning RBI.

The first game picked up where the game was suspended because of rain on June 12 at Galion.

The game was tied at 3 with Galion batting in the bottom of the third inning, with Galion being the home team in the resumed game.

With the game tied at 6 in the top of the 10th, Jacob Pennington walked, stole second and took third on a catcher’s throwing error.

Hatton followed with an RBI double to give the Locos a 7-6 lead.

“It was huge, coming up big for the team,” Hatton said. “I missed my attempt on a sac bunt and I just happened to get my pitch again.’’

Galion lefty Korren Thompson (Cincinnati) pitched six strong innings. He gave up three runs, all earned, on six hits. He struck out six.

Thompson threw 125 pitches.

Hatton said about the team’s slow start, “Everybody was still out from yesterday (with the 12-4 win and the fireworks), but he was throwing pretty firm. We made an adjustment the second time around.’’

Added Locos coach Matt Furuto, “He had a fine arm and we grinded some at-bats against him and got his pitch count up and we found a way to bust it open when he was kind of tired.’’

Tim Martin’s sacrifice fly gave the Locos an 8-6 lead in the 10th.

The Locos average eight runs a game and had eight runs and 11 hits in the first game.

“It doesn’t matter who’s in the lineup, everybody hits,” Hatton said. “It’s ridiculous.’’

Jared Rine pitched the final two innings for the win.

Galion took a 3-0 lead in the second inning.

The Locos scored three in the third to tie the game at 3 right before the rain hit in Galion to suspend the game.

Zach Sweet and Randon Jernigan both had RBI doubles. Tyler Tolve tied the game at 3 with an RBI groundout in the third.

When the game resumed on Friday, Sweet (back) and Jernigan (hamstring) were both out of the lineup.

Jacob Lewis (UNOH) took the mound for the Locos when the game resumed on Friday.

Lewis threw six innings on Friday and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Galion’s Ryan Strittmather’s RBI single to left gave Galion a 4-3 lead in the fourth.

The Graders expanded their lead to 5-3 in the fifth.

The Locos scored three in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead.

Nick Colina started the eighth with a leadoff double and Hatton singled.

Lavoisier Fisher lined a two-run double to the right-center field fence to tie the game at 5-5.

Jackson Miller’s RBI single to left game the Locos a 6-5 lead.

Galion tied the game at 6 in the home ninth on a sacrifice fly to right by J.P. Bitzenhofer.

In the second game, Miller went 2 for 3 with a double an RBI and two stolen bases.

Hatton was 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI. Tim Martin was 2 for 3 with two RBI.

The Locos ran wild in the second game with eight stolen bases.

In the second game, Galion scored three in the first. The Locos scored three in the second to tie the game at 3.

Galion’s DeVonte Washington hit a solo home run to left in the third to give Galion a 4-3 lead.

The Locos scored three in the fourth to pull ahead 6-4.

Miller’s sacrifice fly tied the game at 4. Colina’s RBI single to left gave the Locos the lead to stay 5-4.

Hatton added an RBI single to deep short to give the Locos a 6-4 lead in the fourth.

Seemann came on for the final two innings to notch the save.

In the final inning, the seventh, Seemann walked the first batter, then gave up back-to-back singles to load the bases with no outs.

Using his off-the-table, dropping slider, he struck out the next three hitters to end the night.

“That first inning I didn’t get it (the slider) over and I wasn’t getting ahead with my fastball,” Seemann said. “But toward the end I really got the slider down and it helped a lot. I just wanted to compete with my best stuff and it worked.’’

Locos notes: The Locos travel to Galion for a 5 p.m. doubleheader today, then return home to face Galion at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Locos Fourth of July starter Colin Scanlon (LaSalle) reached his summer innings limit and was shut down for the summer by his college coaches. The left-hander finished his summer 3-0 with a 3.37 ERA in 19 innings. He struck out 22 and walked seven.

Outfielder Randon Jernigan (hamstring) and second baseman Zach Sweet (back) are battling day-to-day injuries.

Locos infielder/pitcher Jackson Miller, who joined the team this week, made his first start Thursday and went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI. He scored three runs. He played at Lake Erie this spring and is headed to Akron in the fall, as the Zips re-start their baseball program.

After 25 games, the Locos lead the league in hitting (.307), runs (198, 7.9 per game) and hits (264). They ran second in doubles (46) and second in home runs (16). The Locos lead the league in ERA at 3.23.

The Locos had six regulars hitting over .300: Randon Jernigan (.375), Nick Colina (.358), Tyler Tolve (.352), Lavoisier Fisher (.329), Ryan Smith (.328) and Tim Martin (.308). And Alexei Cazarin was hitting .394 before he suffered a broken bone in his hand last weekend.

The Lima Locos’ Jackson Miller tags second base and then throws on to first to secure a double play against Galion, during a Friday night game at Simmons Field.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Lima-Locos-vs-Galion-Graders-0441-1.jpgThe Lima Locos’ Jackson Miller tags second base and then throws on to first to secure a double play against Galion, during a Friday night game at Simmons Field. Levi A. Morman | The Lima News
The Lima Locos’ Colton Frank slides safely into second base during a Friday night game against Galion at Simmons Field.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Lima-Locos-vs-Galion-Graders-0458-1.jpgThe Lima Locos’ Colton Frank slides safely into second base during a Friday night game against Galion at Simmons Field. Levi A. Morman | The Lima News
Jacob Lewis pitches for the Lima Locos during a Friday night game against Galion at Simmons Field.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/07/web1_Lima-Locos-vs-Galion-Graders-0434-1.jpgJacob Lewis pitches for the Lima Locos during a Friday night game against Galion at Simmons Field. Levi A. Morman | The Lima News
Sweep doubleheader against Galion

By Tom Usher

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