Steam escape Licking County with 6-5 win

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NEWARK, Ohio – Despite a late scare, the Cincinnati Steam held on to a 6-5 road victory over the Licking County Settlers on Saturday at Don Edwards Park. The win improves the Steam’s record to 2-0 on the young season while the Settlers fall to 0-2.

Licking County jumped out to 2-0 lead after scoring single runs in the first and second innings off Cincinnati starter Gus Graham (Miami University).

The Steam took the lead in the top of the third on a titanic home run over the left field fence hit by Kyle Orloff (Indianapolis/Elder).

Cincinnati scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Cole Murphy (University of Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) lead off with a double followed by an infield base hit by Jonathan Deifel (Kent State/Oak Hills). Ben Laumann (Thomas More/Oak Hills) singled sharply to left field and the ball that got past Evan Flax for an error scoring Murphy. Deifel scored on a ground out by Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) giving the Steam a 5-2 cushion.

Murphy sit a solo home run to right for an insurance run that turned out to be the difference in the game.

Licking County scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning and two more in the ninth. Ted Andrews (Tulane/CHCA) forced Mark Colella to fly out, ending the game with runners on first and second base.

Licking County had plenty of chances, stroking 14 hits and leaving a whooping 17 runners on base.

Graham (1-0) was credited with the win due to an NCAA rule policy that allows the starting pitcher to not be required to go the minimum five innings when exceeding a predetermined pitch count. Graham scattered seven hits, giving up two runs and striking out seven batters.

Murphy and Laumann each recorded two hits for Cincinnati as the team totaled nine for the game.

The Steam have an off-day on Sunday and will play an exhibition game against the Midland Redskins on Monday at Max McLeary Field starting at 7:05pm.

Cincinnati returns to GLSCL play Tuesday, traveling to Bob Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio to battle the Southern Ohio Copperheads. First pitch is 7:05pm and you can listen to 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.

If you have any questions or media requests, please contact the Steam’s Director of Baseball Operations Brady Laber at 513 477-8553 or bradylaber@gmail.com

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