Steam bounce back with 4-0 win

NEWARK, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam (11-2) bounce back from a home loss defeating the Licking Settlers 4-0 on Sunday at Don Edwards Park. Three Cincinnati pitchers combined to shutout the Settlers on eight hits.

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Brad Kirchner (Xavier/Ripkey-Union-Lewis-Huntington) got the start, throwing five scoreless innings scattering six hits and striking out two batters to earn the victory.

Daron Bowling (Morehouse/Hughes) and Mac Welsh (Louisville/Ryle) combined for four shutout innings in relief with Welsh earring his second save of the season.

Welsh pitched the eighth and ninth innings, allowing just two base runners. One  batter reached on an error and the other on a single.

Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) got the scoring started, smashing his seventh home run of the season in the fourth inning. Murphy went 3-for-4 on the afternoon to lead the offensive attack.

The Steam padded its lead with three runs in the seventh inning. Dallas Hall (Miami/Lakota West) singled with the bases loaded to score Roger Danison (Xavier University). Peyton Burdick’s (Wright State/Glen Este) two-out base hit scored Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) and Hall, giving Cincinnati a 4-0 advantage.

Burdick, Kyle Orloff (Indianapolis/Elder) and Kyle Dockus (Wright State/Moeller) each stroked two hits for the Steam. Dockus also stole a team high three bases for Cincinnati.

After a day off on Monday, the Steam host a two-game series starting Tuesday against GLSCL North Division leading Lima Locos. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 at Max McLeary Field. It will be Steam Rally Towel Giveaway Night and the Cincinnati Reds mascot Gapper will also make an appearance.

Lima, who won the GLSCL championship last season, will send local product Nick Ernst (Miami/LaSalle) to the mound. The Steam will counter with fellow Westsider and college teammate Shane Smith (Miami/Elder).

The pitching matchup is a rematch from the 2015 regional final game that saw Ernst’s LaSalle Lancer defeat Smith’s Elder Panthers 1-0.

You can listen to John Asalon’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.

If you have any questions or media requests, please contact the Steam’s Director of Baseball Operations Brady Laber at 513 477-8553 or bradylaber@gmail.com

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