LIMA — The Galion Graders traveled to Lima on Wednesday to meet up with the Locos at Simmons Field. Lima took care of Galion by a score of 13-5 on Tuesday in Galion and would have no issues with the Graders on their home diamond, winning by a lofty 15 runs; 18-3.
Galion drops to an even .500 on the year at 5-5 and Lima improves to 8-3 overall. The Graders find themselves on a current four-game losing skid.
Lima plated their 18 runs on 18 hits and still left 12 runners on the base path. The Graders scattered just seven hits to score their three runs and stranded seven runners. The Locos committed three errors on the night to Galion’s two.
Galion was able to keep the game managable at first, trailing 6-3 after the first four innings of play. However, after putting up a zero on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth, the Graders allowed seven runs by the Locos to put the game out of reach. An additional five runs scored in the bottom of the seventh by Lima and just two hits the remainder of the game led to the lopsided Locos win.
Braxton Giavedoni finished the evening with two singles and a run scored for the Graders. Matthew Freeman and Zach Mottice both recorded a single and a run apiece to round out the scoring for Galion. Austin Hathaway, Matthew Noel and Joe Crank finished with a single apiece in the contest.
Richard Krieger started the game for Galion and went four innings, allowing seven hits, six runs (five earned) while walking four and striking out three. Clay Davies came on to work 0.2 innings, gave up six hits, seven runs (four earned), walked two and fanned two. Jarett Smetana, the Graders first baseman, worked the final 3.1 innings for Galion. Smetana gave up five hits, five earned runs, walked five and struck out one.
The Graders are in the middle of a five-game road trip on Thursday and Friday down in Athens where they will face-off against the Southern Ohio Copperheads. On Saturday and Sunday, they will travel to Celina for a two-game stint against the Grand Lake Mariners.
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