Rained-out Locos doing some traveling

It was another batch of rain and another postponement for the Lima Locos on Tuesday.

There was no makeup date set for Tuesday’s game with Galion at Lima.

In all, the Locos have been postponed eight times this season.

The Locos, who are riding a four-game winning streak, are scheduled to play at Galion at 7 p.m. today. Lima will be at Grand Lake at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The Locos return home at 7 p.m. Friday against Grand Lake.

Locos coach Chad Ehrnsberger said he can’t recall anything quite like this.

“I haven’t seen this many rain outs in this amount of time,” he said. “We’ve had eight over the course of the season, but not in a couple of weeks. This has been ridiculous.”

Ehrnsberger said some of the Locos have gone to indoor batting facilities. Many of them have done a little traveling.

“Everyone’s getting a little frustrated,” Ehrnsberger said. “But some of the guys have experienced other things. Some have gone to Tigers games, Indians games or Reds games. But they came here to play baseball.”

At this point, the Locos plan to play the entire 40-game schedule.

Locos in third place

The Locos (11-5) stand in third place in the Great Lakes Collegiate League, one game behind first-place Hamilton (13-5) and Xenia (14-6). Southern Ohio (12-7) is in fourth place, followed by Grand Lake (11-7).

Rounding out the league are the following: Licking County (8-9), Lorain County (8-9), Lake Erie (6-11), Cincinnati (6-11), Galion (4-12) and Northern Ohio (3-14).

Locos second in hitting

The Locos are second in the league in hitting with a .283 average. Hamilton leads the GLCL in hitting at .316. The Locos are second in runs (111) and are averaging 6.9 runs-per-game.

The Locos are second in doubles (38), third in home runs (38) and fourth in RBI (87).

Locos pitching

The Locos rank ninth in pitching with a 5.16 ERA, but the bullpen has been the team’s strength with Will Solomon (Georgia Gwinnette, 0.00), Logan Barnette (Georgia State, 1.31), Drew Faintich (Central Florida, 1.42) and Tyler Anderson (Bowling Green State, 2.84). Lefty Solomon has since moved to the starting rotation.

“We like our bullpen. They’ve pitched well for us,” Ehrnsberger said. “And the starters are giving us a good outings now.”

Hitting leaders

Locos outfielder Mitch Carriger (Maryville) is eighth in the league in hitting at .389. Brett Murray (Creighton) is hitting .344. Will Kilgore (Georgia State) is hitting .328.

Murray leads the league in doubles (10) and second in RBI (22). Kilgore is second in the league in home runs with five.


Left-hander Chandler Waszak (Miami) and right-hander Tanner Schimmoeller (Cincinnati/Ottawa-Glandorf) have been shut down for the summer to rest their arms.

Peek returns to school

Right-hander Garrett Peek (Alabama-Birmingham) has returned to school and will pick up his studies as a pre-med major. Peek gave up five earned runs in five innings.

Taking Peek’s No. 20 jersey is right-hander Tyler Miller (Northern Kentucky), from Delaware, Ohio. Miller pitched for the Locos in 2013 when he was at Lincoln Trail. With the Locos, he went 1-1 with a 4.19 ERA.

Looking ahead

The Locos are scheduled to play 24 games in the month of July before the GLCL playoffs.

“We’re a good team with good hitters and the pitchers are coming around,” Ehrnsberger said. “I just wish we were playing every day and getting into a rhythm. We’re only one-game out and haven’t hit our stride yet.”

Reach Tom Usher at tusher@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter at @Lima_Usher.

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