CINCINNATI, Ohio – The high powered Cincinnati Steam offense found itself stymied Saturday night against the Licking County Settlers, falling 4-2 at Max McLeary Field.
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Cincinnati (10-2) mustering a season-low five hits and it was only the third time all season the Steam produced less than 10 hits in a game. Licking County’s (5-8) pitching staff was effective in keeping the Steam off balance the entire night.
The Steam did jump out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) lead off with a single and stole second base. Becker advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jake Richmond (Northern Kentucky/Oak Hills).
The Settlers returned the favor in the fourth with a sacrifice fly of its own to tie the game 1-1. Licking County took the lead 2-1 with a RBI single by shortstop Tanner Burns in the fifth inning.
Licking County scored twice more in the sixth inning but the Cincinnati defense came up huge stopping the Settlers from breaking the inning wide open. Steam right fielder Peyton Burdick (Wright State/Glen Este) gunned down two base runners, one at home and getting another hung up between first and second base to record two of the inning’s three outs.
That was it for the Steam offense as Licking County closer Brett Kiser retired all six batters he faced to earn the save.
Starter Bryan Cruise earned the victory while Evan Korson (Ball State/Lakota East) was on the hook for the loss.
The Steam travel to Don Edwards Park Sunday attempting to salvage a split in the series on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 4:05pm. Brad Kirschner (Xavier/Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington) will take the mound for the Steam. 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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