LIMA – It was a long night stuffed with a little of everything for the Lima Locos.
But along the way, the Locos lost their starting pitcher, right-hander Nicholas Wright, with a right elbow injury.
Grand Lake took full advantage of three Locos errors and knocked off the Lima Locos 12-7. The Mariners scored five unearned runs off the Locos errors.
“There were definitely a lot of things we need to clean up,’’ Locos coach Matt Furuto said. “We did a good job of coming back (and tying the game at 7) and getting it to a close game, but we didn’t come through tonight.
“We put ourselves in a hole tonight. We did a good job of fighting back but you can’t give them everything.’’
For the Locos, first baseman Trace Blue (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) had two home runs and five RBI.
Grand Lake reliever Joel Roediger (Bowling Green/Wapakoneta) picked up the win with five innings of work. He gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits. He struck six and walked five.
Roediger, who has battled through arm injuries over his career going back to Wapakoneta, was able to throw his fastball and change-up for strikes. Roediger also threw late in the year for the Locos in 2019.
“I felt good coming into the summer and was looking forward to throwing a lot of innings for the Mariners,” Roediger said. “I’m really excited to get back out there. Obviously, I was one of the athletes to get affected by COVID, just like a lot of guys. It cost me my sophomore season. Then, my junior season (this year), it was tough coming back on limited time. I’m glad to be out here on the Mariners.
“Fastball, change-up was really working and kept a lot of guys off-balance tonight.’’
The Locos are 5-1. Grand Lake is 2-4.
Grand Lake pushed ahead 9-7 in the top of the sixth on a two-run triple to center by Garrett Felix.
The Mariners’ Marcus Ernst reached on a two-base throwing error by the Locos third baseman. Noah Thigpen walked. Both scored on the triple by Felix.
The Locos took a 2-0 lead in the second. Joseph Salvo (Samford) singled to shallow center.
Blue followed with a line-drive, two-run home run into the left-field bullpen.
Grand Lake scored seven in the top of the third on only one hit.
Ernst’s two-run single to left tied the game at 2.
With a 2-2 count to Noah Thigpen, Locos starter Wright (Alabama-Birmingham) was forced to leave with a right elbow injury.
“His elbow and forearm were hurting. It was toward the end of his pitch count, and it was a tough thing,” Furuto said. “You never know when it’s going to happen. I hate it for him.’’
Wright went two innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on one hit. He struck out three walked two.
Ernst scored from third on a wild pitch to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead.
On came the Locos’ bullpen, which walked five and hit two batters to give Grand Lake a 7-2 lead. Two walks and two hit batters came with the bags loaded.
In the home third, the Locos got within 7-5. Miller Ladusau (Abilene Christian) and Salvo singled.
Blue launched a three-run, monster home run to left-center field to make it 7-5, Mariners. It was Blue’s second homer of the game.
Blue went 3 for 4 with two home runs and five RBI.
“He’s been a two-way guy, and we’ve been playing him at first a little bit,” Furuto said. “He’s definitely got the pop.’’
Grand Lake starter Kevin Norton (Lincoln Memorial) went three innings and gave up five runs, all earned, on six hits.
The Locos got within 7-6 in the home fourth on an RBI double by Jake Killingsworth (Alabama-Birmingham).
The Locos tied the game at 7 in the fifth. Nate White walked, went to second on a wild pitch. Then, he stole third and came home on a wild throw to third by the Grand Lake catcher.
Locos reliever Caleb Rush (Charleston) worked 3 2/3 strong innings. He gave up two unearned runs on one hit. He struck out eight and walked one.
“He (Rush) has great stuff and he really extended the game more than we deserved,” Furuto said. “He did a great job shutting those middle innings down.’’
Grand Lake added one in the eighth and two in the ninth to make it 12-7 Mariners.
The home plate umpire, Theron Butler, was injured and left the game in the top of the seventh when he took a pitch flush on his mask.
Locos notes: Locos outfielder Darryl Buggs (Alabama-Birmingham) went 6 for 6 with five RBI in an 11-6 victory last Saturday at Sandusky. Buggs’ six hits tied the team record for hits in a game. The last time it happened was by Lavoisier Fisher against Xenia in 2019. Buggs, who is hitting .520, has three doubles and three triples. The team record for triples is five set by Dan Lehrman in 1993.
Outfielder Miller Ladusau (Abilene Christian), catcher Joseph Salvo (Samford), infielder Garrett Howe (Samford) and outfielder Colton Ledbetter (Samford) all joined the Locos this week. Ladusau hit .322 with eight home runs and 35 RBI.
The Locos are home all weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Locos will play Sandusky at 7 p.m. today at Simmons Field. Galion comes in at 7 p.m. Saturday, while Jet Box is in Lima at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
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