Note: This recap appears in the Tuesday, July 2 newspaper on Page A6.
The Lima Locos enter the week with the best record in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, and they showed why on Sunday.
Lima pounded out an incredible 25 hits, leading to an 18-4 win over the Southern Ohio Copperheads inside a hot Bob Wren Stadium.
While Sunday wasn’t the Copperheads’ day, they still earned a split of a two-game series against the Locos. Southern Ohio was a 6-5 winner on Saturday evening.
Lima has the best offense in the league through the completion of June’s games. The Locos lead the GLSCL in runs, total hits, RBIs and total bases. Their .310 team average, .405 on-base percentage and .828 OPS are also tops in the league.
That offense was on full display on Sunday. The game was tied at 3-3 after three innings, but Lima scored four in the fourth, three in the fifth and five more in the sixth to lead 15-3.
The top two hitters in Lima’s lineup — center fielder Randon Jernigan and right fielder Lavoisier Fisher — were a combined 9 for 12. Jernigan was 5 for 7 with four runs and an RBI to raise his average to .385. Risher was 4 for 5 with four runs, three RBIs and two walks.
Third baseman Tyler Tolve also had a day to remember with nine RBIs. He was 5 for 6 at the plate with two runs and a walk, hitting a sixth-inning grand slam.
Tolve is second in the GLSCL with 28 RBIs after Sunday’s outburst.
The Copperheads (12-11) weren’t able to keep up with the offensive fireworks. Thomas Zazzaro took the loss and was tagged with eight earned runs and 13 hits in 4 1-3 innings of work. He walked two, as his ERA rose from 1.95 to 3.39.
Nick Kaiser gave up seven runs — six earned — on seven hits in 1 2-3 innings of relief.
Kevin Miranda was able to pitch five innings to get the win for Lima, and run his record to 3-0 on the season. He gave up three runs on four hits and a walk.
Southern Ohio trailed 3-1 before scoring twice in the third to tie the game, as Reese Trahey and Sebastian Fabik each hit RBI singles.
Lima (14-8) quickly answered with a four-run fourth. Tolve and Zach Sweet each hit two-run singles to put Southern Ohio down 7-3.
The lead grew to 10-3 after the fifth, with Fisher hitting a two-run single in the inning for Lima.
The Locos blew the game open in the top of the sixth, as Tolve’s two-out grand slam pushed the lead to 15-3.
Lima added three more runs in the top of the ninth, with Tolve capping his day with a two-run single to center.
Southern Ohio finished with eight hits, as Fabik was 2 for 5 with two RBIs.
The Copperheads won a thriller on Saturday, with a 6-5 win over the Locos.
Southern Ohio led 6-1 before seeing Lima score a run in the eighth and three more in the ninth.
The Locos pulled to within 6-5 on Tolve’s RBI single. He later stole second to get in scoring position.
Southern Ohio’s Collin Sells was able to get the final out however, striking out Ryan Smith to end the game.
The result allowed Zach Iverson to get the win, and improve to 3-0 on the season. He went seven innings, allowing only an unearned run on six hits and a walk. He struck out 10, lowering his ERA to 1.13.
Iverson leads the GLSCL with 39 strikeouts, and ranks third in ERA.
Southern Ohio led 2-1 before scoring three runs in the third. Ty Crittenberger and Jared Heard each hit RBI singles in the inning for a 5-1 lead.
The lead was 6-1 after Johnson’s RBI single scored Fabik.
Southern pinned a loss on Lima’s Carter Poiry (1-3). He only allowed two hits, but walked six batter in three innings. He gave up five runs, four earned.
The Copperheads face a big week as they try to make a move in the GLSCL standings.
Southern Ohio will play six road games against South Division competition.
The week starts with three road games at Xenia, which is 12-12 and a half-game behind Southern Ohio after Sunday’s games.
Games on Tuesday and Wednesday start at 7:05 p.m. in Xenia, while the series finale starts at 2:05 p.m. on Independence Day.
Southern Ohio will then play three games at the Cincinnati Steam, concluding on Sunday.
Cincinnati is 14-10, and second in the South Division standings.
The Copperheads won’t play another home game until Wednesday, July 10.
Team W L
Lima 14 8
St. Clair 11 8
Grand Lake 10 10
Muskegon 11 12
Michigan 10 13
Team W L
Licking County 14 9
Cincinnati 14 10
Hamilton 12 10
Southern Ohio 12 11
Xenia 12 12
Richmond 9 14