Mariners Improve to 7-0 On Season

Grand Lake starting pitcher Justin Palmbos pitched a complete game, four-hitter on Monday for his second win of the season.
Sports Editor

Another gem on the mound and for once, the Grand Lake Mariners did not have to come back.
But the result was still the same, the Mariners won again.

Back-to-back home runs by Nik Zouras and Kyle Schmipf and a complete game, four-hitter by Justin Palmbos paved the way for the Mariners’ 7-0 start to the season with a 3-0 win over Lima on Monday.

Palmbos allowed just one hit in the first seven innings of the Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League match with the defending league champions, while fanning seven batters and pitching with an efficient pitch count, including a four-pitch first inning.

With the game in a scoreless tie, Zouras broke it up with a solo shot to right-center field and Schimpf joined his teammate with his own solo shot for a 2-0 lead with one out.

Lima starter Channing Nesbitt was chased off the mound after back-to-back walks and a third walk to Justin Mercer to load the bases.
However, reliever Brad Croy, a former Ottawa-Glandorf player, ended the threat by getting Thomas Lindeman to fly out.

That was enough offense for Palmbos (2-0), who was fresh off a six-inning start where he allowed three runs in hist first win.

On Monday, he out-did himself by retiring the side in five straight innings and six of the first seven and allowing just one baserunner over those first seven frames.

Read the final story in Tuesday's edition of The Evening Leader.