March 30, 2017

The Licking County Settlers and Lorain County Ironmen fought out a pitcher’s duel on Thursday, as the Settlers came away with a 1-0 win. Licking County’s Brayden Bouchey and Lorain County’s Chris Tomshack each went the distance in masterful performances.

Bouchey (Louisiana-Monroe) is truly the story of the game for the Settlers, as he moved to 3-0 on the season and tallied 13 strikeouts. Bouchey came into the game leading the league in ERA and, after his incredible outing, it sits at 0.23 on the season.

Tomshack’s performance can’t be understated, though, as he kept the Settlers’ potent offense at bay nearly the entire night. Licking County had men at third twice without that runner scoring. University of Cincinnati’s Woody Wallace’s fourth inning single became the difference maker as Michael Ketchmark of Dartmouth College darted home from second base.

Tonight’s win is huge for playoff implications, with the Settlers currently in seventh in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, and Lorain County just a game back coming into tonight. The win extends the lead for Licking County as they push toward the playoffs and fourth straight league championship.

Coach Joe Noro certainly is aware of that and a doubleheader against Lorain County can’t be overlooked.

“We’ve been really bad in doubleheaders this year,” Noro said. “We haven’t won just a game in one so far. But if we pitch well tomorrow, I think we can get some wins.”

The Settlers first game of the doubleheader tomorrow will begin at 4:35 p.m. as a seven inning game, with the second to begin at about 7:05 as a standard nine inning game.