CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam opened its 11th season of play in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League Friday at Max McLeary Field, with a 5-2 victory over the Licking County Settlers. The top three batters in the Steam lineup combined for six of the team’s ten hits, including three doubles.
Starting pitcher Tristan Hammans (University of Cincinnati) went five scoreless innings, scattering four hits to earn the victory. Evan Korson (Ball State/Lakota East) pitched four innings out of the bullpen to chalk up the save.
Both teams came out of the gate slowly, showing the signs of opening night jitters. Cincinnati crossed the plate first in the third inning when Kyle Orloff (Indianapolis/Elder) smashed a double to left field scoring shortstop Jake Richmond (Northern Kentucky/Oak Hills).
The Steam broke the game open in the fifth inning, scoring three runs during a two-out rally. Back-to-back doubles by second baseman Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) and Richmond scored the team’s first run. Orloff drove in Richmond, who stole third base, with an RBI-single to left field. After a stolen base and a wild pitch, Orloff scored from third base on a single by right fielder Dan Chimelewski (Michigan State).
Beckner lead the way offensively, going 3-for-4 while Richmond scored two runs and Orloff notched two RBIs.
Licking County pushed a pair of runs across the plate in the eighth inning but Korson was able to bounce back and slam the door on the Settlers to secure the Cincinnati victory.
The same two teams will play Saturday in Newark, Ohio at Don Edwards Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm with Gus Graham (Miami University) taking the mound for the Steam.
If you can’t make it out to watch the game live, you can listen Brady Laber’s broadcast on cincinnatisteam.com by clicking the Listen Live button on the front page.
The Cincinnati Steam has earned a spot in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League playoffs in nine of its ten previous seasons. Three times the Steam has played in the GLSCL championship round including winning the title in both 2008 and 2009.
The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate, which is entering its 29th season and has 12 teams, is a wood-bat league that is certified by the NCAA and is partially funded by Major League Baseball. The league boasts several players that have earned service time in major league baseball including six former Steam players.
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