Locos roll on, now have won 13 of last 15 games


They’ve won 13 of their last 15 games

By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



The Lima Locos celebrate after Trent Belli’s walk-off game-winning RBI single against the Muskegon Clippers during Sunday’s game at Simmons Field.

The Lima Locos celebrate after Trent Belli’s walk-off game-winning RBI single against the Muskegon Clippers during Sunday’s game at Simmons Field.


Seth Tucker of the Lima Locos attempts to tag out Aaron Hurd of the Muskegon Clippers during Sunday's game at Simmons Field.  Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Seth Tucker of the Lima Locos attempts to tag out Aaron Hurd of the Muskegon Clippers during Sunday's game at Simmons Field. Richard Parrish | The Lima News


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LIMA – Lima Locos outfielder Colton Ledbetter only got 59 at-bats as a freshman at Samford this year.

So he’s been making the most of his opportunity playing right field for the Locos.

Ledbetter went 3 for 4 with four RBI to help the Locos finish the suspended game by pounding the Michigan Monarchs 11-1 in a seven-inning, run-rule game Sunday at Simmons Field.

In the second game of the day, the Locos’ Trent Belli had a walk-off single to give the Locos a 6-5 victory over Muskegon.

Belli’s hit capped a three-run Locos’ ninth.

“It feels great,” Belli said. “It was huge to get that hit.’’

For the Locos, it was two wins in one day against two different teams.

Ledbetter had the walk-off RBI single to right in the home seventh inning to make it 11-1 and end the first game.

“I was trying to hit it hard somewhere,” Ledbetter said. “It was kind of a weird game (to start at noon).’’

The second-place Locos are 24-14 and stand three and a half games in front of third-place Royal Oak for the final playoff berth in the North Division of the Great Lakes Collegiate League. The Locos have four regular-season games remaining.

The Locos have won eight in a row and 13 of their last 15 games.

“We’re playing with confidence,” Locos coach Matt Furuto said. “We didn’t play well for most of that game (against Muskegon), but thankfully we turned it on at the end and found a way.

“These games are ones you play for. You enjoy winning big, but you remember the tight ones. Those are the fun ones.’’

The Locos’ surge started back on July 1 when the team’s record was 11-12.

“It’s our bats,” Ledbetter said. “Our bats have gotten hotter. We’re all hitting really well right now and the pitching has come along, too. We want to try to keep that going.

“When we first came out here it was kind of tough, seeing where everyone should be and seeing what their role is. Now we all have our chemistry going and have bonded a little more and our roles are starting to be more defined. And it’s helped us a lot.’’

Ledbetter is hitting .415 with seven home runs and 29 RBI.

The first game of the day was a completion of the suspended game last Tuesday against Michigan. The Locos led 4-0 in the home fourth inning when the game was resumed.

Locos’ Jonathan Machamer (Dayton) pitched the first four shutout innings before the rain and lightning halted the game on Tuesday.

Nicholas Graham (Clarendon) took over on the mound on Sunday. He picked up the win with three innings of work. He gave up one run on three hits. He struck out three.

Patrick Dillon led off the resumed game with an RBI double to give the Locos a 5-0 lead in the fourth. Ledbetter’s two-run single made it 7-0.

Joe Salvo sent a three-run double to the fence in center and the Locos’ lead grew to 10-0 in the fourth.

Darryl Buggs went 3 for 3 with a double.

In the second game of the day, against Muskegon, the Locos trailed 5-3 entering the home ninth.

Derrick Jackson’s RBI single brought the Locos within 5-4. Jake Killingsworth’s RBI single tied the game at 5.

The left-handed hitting Belli then lined an RBI single to left to provide the game-winning, walk-off hit to make it 6-5.

“I was looking for a pitch up in the zone that I could hit to the outfield to drive in the winning run and that’s what I saw first pitch,” Belli said.

Belli went 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBI.

In the second inning, Belli went the other way with a three-run home run into the left-field bullpen. That gave the Locos a 3-0 lead.

“That (home run) helped build the confidence,” Belli said. “And baseball is a huge confidence game. I kept rolling after that.’’

Muskegon’s Noah Marcoux hit a three-run home run to right in the sixth to tie the game at 3.

Muskegon took a 5-3 lead in the eighth on a two-run double by Tre Jones.

Locos lefty Kyle Moseley (Angelo State) went six innings and gave up three runs, all earned, on four hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Seth Evans (Bluffton/Ada HS) earned the win in relief, giving up two runs in three innings.

Locos notes: The Locos will play two games at Sandusky today. The first one will pick up the suspended game from Friday night when the Locos led 6-0 in the home fourth inning. The Locos return home at 7 p.m. Saturday against Grand Lake.

The Lima Locos celebrate after Trent Belli’s walk-off game-winning RBI single against the Muskegon Clippers during Sunday’s game at Simmons Field.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/07/web1_Locos2-1.jpgThe Lima Locos celebrate after Trent Belli’s walk-off game-winning RBI single against the Muskegon Clippers during Sunday’s game at Simmons Field.
Seth Tucker of the Lima Locos attempts to tag out Aaron Hurd of the Muskegon Clippers during Sunday's game at Simmons Field. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/07/web1_Locos1-1.jpgSeth Tucker of the Lima Locos attempts to tag out Aaron Hurd of the Muskegon Clippers during Sunday's game at Simmons Field. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
They’ve won 13 of their last 15 games

By Tom Usher

sports@limanews.com

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