GALION, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam’s eight-game winning streak to start the season was snapped Wednesday at Heise Park with a 10-5 loss to the Galion Graders (3-7). Despite the loss Cincinnati (8-1) is still off to its best start in franchise history.
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After jumping out to a 5-1 lead, the Steam gave up seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Two errors in the first three at bats spelled the Steam’s doom, causing all of the runs in the inning to be unearned. In all, the Graders sent 13 batters to the plate and only needed four hits to score its seven runs.
Three consecutive run scoring singles off Cincinnati reliever Mac Welsh (Louisville/Ryle) gave the Graders its first lead of the two-game series 8-5. Galion scored a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning for the final outcome.
The Steam lit the scoreboard up first with a two-run, opposite-field home run by designated hitter Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills). Murphy leads the GLSCL with five home runs.
Left fielder Roger Danison (Xavier University) was impressive at the plate with three hits in four at bats, including two singles and a double.
The Steam return home Thursday, hosting the Hamilton Joes at Max McLeary Field. Matt Kent (Xavier University) will make his second start of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and any fan bringing a non-perishable food item to benefit the Freestore Foodbank will gain free admission to 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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