RICHMOND, Indiana – In a game that saw four lead changes two late inning ties, the Cincinnati Steam (6-0) scored three times in the 11th inning to beat the Richmond Jazz 7-4 at McBride Stadium.
Andy Roser’s (Huntington University) base hit to right field scored a pair of runs snapping a 4-4 deadlock. Roger Danison drove in an insurance run to give the Steam a three-run cushion going into the bottom of the eleventh inning.
Jonathan Deifel (Kent State/Oak Hills), who blew the save in the tenth inning, got himself into a jam in the eleventh. Despite giving up a walk and a single, Deifel struck out the side, slamming the door and giving Cincinnati its sixth straight victory.
Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) hit a majestic home run over the fence in right field to lead off the second inning, beginning the night’s scoring. It was Murphy’s league leading third homer of the young season.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Richmond’s Brennan Laird hit a towering home run to left tying the score 1-1. Later in the inning, Cole Greisenger drove in a run to give the Jazz its first lead of the game 2-1.
The Steam offense was stymied by Richmond starting pitcher Riley Fetterknecht who retired the final 14 batters he faced. It was not until Fetterknecht was lifted after seven innings of work did the Steam’s bats begin to wake up.
Dan Chmielewski (Michigan State) singled and eventually came around to score on an error. A single by Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanaon) drove in Roger Danison (Xavier University) to give the Steam a 3-2 advantage.
Richmond tied the game in the bottom eighth inning and the game eventually went into extra innings.
Becker again drove in Danison on a single, this time in the tenth to give Cincinnati a 4-3 lead. However, the Jazz tied the score again with a Greisenger RBI single off Deifel in the bottom of the inning. The 4-4 tie set up Roser’s heroics in the 11th as the Steam remains undefeated and Richmond falls to 0-7.
These same two teams will square off in a rematch on Sunday at Max McLeary Field with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05pm. Brad Kirschner (Xavier/Ripley-Uniion-Lewis-Huntington), a second-year pitcher for the Steam, will take the mound in his 2016 debut. Kids 12 years old and younger run the bases after the conclusion off the game.
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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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