Four Steam earn postseason awards

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam is proud to announce that four players earned Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League postseason honors.

Steam closer Jacob Bonder (Xavier University) earned 1st-team All-GLSCL and Derek Lance (University of Tennessee) was also a 1st-team selection as a utility player. Starting pitcher Scott Sebald (Lindsey Wilson College) and catcher Jason DeFevers (Wright State) were both named to the 2nd-team.

Bodner, a native of Danville, Kentucky, made 14 appearances and did not give up a run the entire season in 13 2/3 innings or work. His eight saves were second in the GLSCL and the Boyle County High School graduate only surrendered five hits. Bodner, who strike out 19 batters while walking just eight batters, was also a GLSCL all-star selection and struck out all three batters he faces in the one inning that he pitched.

Lance, who mostly played third base and the outfield, lead Cincinnati in hitting with a .317 batting average (38-for-120). Lance, who calls Knoxville, Tennessee home, lead the team in on-base percentage (.388) and was second on the team in hits (38), runs (23) and stolen bases (9) despite missing nine games with a hand injury. Lance hit for a .425 batting average, going 17-for-40, during a team-high 10-day hitting streak. Lance, who was in his second season with the Steam, played in the GLSCL all-star game.

Sebald, went 5-2 on the season with a 2.95 ERA. The Colerain High School graduate was tied for GLSCL lead in victories. In eight appearances, all of which were starts, Sebald threw 39 2/3 innings with 29 strikeouts and walking just 11 batters. Sebald, who retired the only batter he face in the GLSCL all-star game, threw a two-hit shutout on July 26 against the Hamilton Joes to secure a home playoff game for the Steam.

DeFevers, who started the GLSCL all-star behind the plate, hit .272 (37-for-136) while tying for the team with 20 RBIs. The graduate of Sycamore High School also  saw time at first base, right field and designated hitter in addition to his natural position of catcher. DeFevers smacked nine doubles and lead the team with three sacrifice flies. He hit for a .357 batting average (10-for-28) during a seven-game hitting streak to start the season.

The Steam finished the season with a 21-19 record and a fourth place finish in the GLSCL final standings. Cincinnati was eliminated from the playoff hunt by losing a 2-0 decision at Max McLeary Field to the two-time defending champion Licking County Settlers.

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The Cincinnati Steam is a member of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. The GLSCL is a nine-team league sanctioned by the NCAA and partially funded by Major League Baseball entering its 27th season and is based in Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky.

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