HAMILTON, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam (10-1) took advantage of poor defense and some ineffective relief pitching to defeat the Hamilton Joes 9-6 on Friday at Foundation Field.
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Hamilton (8-4) gave up six unearned runs thanks to four errors and even surrendered two runs on wild pitches during a bizarre top of the ninth inning.
Cincinnati took a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a pair of Hamilton errors. The Joes countered with a two of runs in the bottom of the first inning to tie the score 2-2.
Dallas Hall (Miami University/Lakota West) singled and scored from first base on a Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) double thanks to a Hamilton error in the third inning. The miscue cost Murphy and RBI but the Steam took a 3-2 lead.
After Hamilton tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, the Steam recaptured the lead in the sixth inning by a score of 4-3.
The Joes tied the game for a third time in the eighth inning 4-4 on a wild pitch.
The top of the ninth inning was quite interesting starting with the bases being loaded thanks to three consecutive walks to the first three batters of the inning.
Jake Richmond (Northern Kentucky/Oak Hills) was at the plate when Kyle Dockus (Wright State/Moeller) scored on a wild pitch to take the lead. Richmond grounded out for the first out of the inning bringing Murphy to the plate.
With first base open, Hamilton decided to not pitch to Murphy and issued an international walk. On ball-four of the free pass, Hamilton’s Wes Rickenburg uncorked a wild pitch to score Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebannon). Hall scored on a groundout and Andy Roser (Huntington) drove in Murphy with an RBI-single.
Ted Andrews (Tulane/CHCA) gave up two runs in the ninth inning on double by Mizuki Shumpski. Andrews buckled down and struck out Bryson Shelton to end the game and earn the victory.
The Steam return home Saturday hosting the Licking County Settlers for its Father’s Day Celebration Night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm at Max McLeary Field. 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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