GALION, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam traveled to Heise Park and beat the Galion Graders for the first time ever with a 12-6 victory on Tuesday. The Graders swept the season series and eliminated the Steam from a playoff spot last season.
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The Steam (8-0) gained an early 5-0 advantage after two innings of play thanks in part to Cole Murphy’s (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) two hits and four RBIs.
Brandon Giltrow (Wright State/Lakota West) cracked a solo homer run in the third inning pushing the Steam’s lead to 7-1.
Cincinnati looked like it was going to blow the game open but Galion stuck back in the fourth inning. Galion (2-7) batted around and scored four times to cut the Steam’s lead to 7-5.
Jake Richmond (Northern Kentucky/Oak Hills) smashed a three-run homer over the left-center field fence to put the game out of reach. Richmond went 4-for-6 with 5 RBIs to lead the Steam’s offensive barrage that included 19 hits.
Shane Smith (Miami University/Elder) went five innings for Cincinnati to earn his second win of the season. Evan Korson (Ball State/Lakota East) and Ty Hoecker (College of Charleston) each threw two innings of relief out of the Steam’s bullpen.
The Steam and the Graders will face off once again on Wednesday to conclude the season series. Gus Graham (Miami University) will get the start for the Steam with first pitch at Heise Park scheduled for 7:05pm. 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.
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