ATHENS, Ohio – For the second straight game the Cincinnati Steam survive a late inning surge to earn the win Tuesday against the Southern Ohio Copperheads by a score of 5-3.
The Steam (3-0) took advantage of two Southern Ohio (2-1) throwing errors in the third inning to begin the scoring. Dallas Hall (Miami/Lakota West) smacked a single to drive in a third run in the inning to give Cincinnati an early 3-0 cushion.
The offense did not score again until Kyle Orloff (Indianapolis/Elder) sent a line drive over the left field fence to lead off the eighth inning for a solo home run. Cincinnati scored an additional run in the inning when Jonathan Deifel (Kent State/Oak Hills) reached on an error, scoring Dan Chmieleswski (Michigan State) from third base.
Southern Ohio, who had scored 24 runs in its previous two games, did not score until the bottom of the eighth inning. All of the damage happened after the first two batters were retired. Connor Callery’s (Ohio Univeristy/Holy Cross) bases loaded infield single scored the first run. Lee Solomon smacked a base hit that scored two runs to cut the lead to 5-3. Mac Welsh (Louisville/Ryle) caused the Copperheads top hitter Brian Baldwin to fly out, ending the inning with no further threat.
After a scoreless top of the ninth, Ted Andrews (Furman/CHCA) came in and slammed the door on the Copperheads to earn his first save of the season.
Shane Smith (Miami/Elder) got the start for the Steam and threw five scoreless innings, earning the victory. Smith scattered five its while striking out three batters and giving up just two walks.
The Steam and the Copperheads will face each other in a rematch Wednesday at Max McLeary Field. Evan Korson (Ball State/Lakota East) will take the mound for the Steam.
It’s the Steam’s Kickoff to Summer Night with all fans passing through the gates receiving a free pair of Steam sunglasses. First pitch is 7:05pm and you can listen to John Asalon’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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