The Licking County Settlers (18-16) fell behind early but they were able to rally in a low scoring game as they beat the Grand Lake Mariners (15-17), 2-1.
The Settlers’ pitching staff limited the Mariners to only six hits on the game. Tim Mulvey (Washington and Jefferson College) started and threw six complete innings. In those six innings, Mulvey allowed five hits and one unearned run. He struck out five Mariners while walking only two batters.
Craig Prince (Otterbein University) pitched two innings in relief, struck out four batters and allowed only one hit. Perry DellaValle (Seton Hill University) came in to close the game out in the ninth inning. He retired the last three batters of the day, two of which were by way of strike out.
“Mulvey gives us a chance to win every time out,” Head Coach Joe Noro said. “He doesn’t walk people and he fills up the zone and we just hope to get him enough runs to where he can get a decision and we can get a win.”
Licking County did just that. Grand Lake limited the offensive output by the Settlers but Licking County was able to do enough to win. The Settlers went down by a run in the third inning but then they scored a run in the fourth and sixth innings. They were only able to get seven hits on the night, two by Michael Ketchmark (Dartmouth College), who scored both runs for the Settlers tonight.
The Settlers will return to Don Edwards Park on July 19. They will face Grand Lake for the second night in a row, with the first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m.