XENIA, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam was able to extinguish a ninth-inning rally by the Xenia Scouts to hold on to a 6-4 victory at Grady’s Field. With the win, the Steam improves to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.
Mac Welsh (Louisville/Ryle) came into a two-out, bases loaded jam in the ninth inning facing former Steam player Adrian Marquez (Wright State). Welsh needed just one pitch to force Marquez to pop out to end the game and earn the save.
Gus Graham (Miami University) started and went seven strong innings, striking out five batters and giving up just two runs on four hits. Graham got the win and improved his record to 2-0 on the season.
Xenia (2-2) took an initial 1-0 lead when Chandler Adkins drove in Marquez on an RBI single.
The Steam batted around and took the lead with a six-run outburst in the third inning. The big blast was a three-run home run by first baseman Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills).
Xenia relief pitcher Adrian Peraza handcuffed the Steam offense with four scoreless innings of work. The Scouts could not take advantage on offense, scoring just one run to cut the advantage to 6-2.
In the ninth, Xenia rallied to put a scare into the Steam. A double and back-to-back walks loaded the bases with just one out. Donald Ring singled to score one run to make it 6-3 as the bases remained loaded. Pinch hitter Evan McDonald’s shallow fly ball was not deep enough to score a run but most importantly was the second out of the inning. A bases loaded walk tightened the margin to 6-4.
Welsh was then brought into the game with the winning run on first base. Marquez swung at the first pitch and shortstop Jake Richmond (Northern Kentucky/Oak Hills) drifted into short left field to catch the popup and secure the win for the Steam.
The Steam and the Scouts finish the two-game series in Cincinnati at Max McLeary Field on Friday. Tristan Hammans (Uinversity of Cincinnati) will get the start on the mound and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm. It’s Super Hero Night at the ballpark and kids will receive a FREE Super Hero Cape.
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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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