CINCINNATI, Ohio – In a match-up of the two best teams in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League, the Lima Locos (12-3) jumped out to an early lead to defeat the Cincinnati Steam 11-3 on Tuesday at Max McLeary Field.
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The win was the eighth in a row for the defending GLSCL champions while the Steam’s overall record falls to 11-3.
Nick Ernst (Miami University/LaSalle), returning to his home town, was greeted in the grandstands to a hero’s welcome. His team’s offensive support was also a treatment fitting for a king, totaling 11 runs and 16 hits.
Ernst took advantage of the cushion, throwing six innings of two-hit shutout baseball. The former Lasalle Lancer struck out five batters while walking just two in his return to the Westside.
The Cincinnati offense was stymied until the late innings. All three runs and six of the team’s eight hits were accumulated during in the eighth and ninth innings.
Dan Chimelewski (Michigan State) went 3-for-4 and Kyle Durham (Tiffin University) was 2-for-2 off the bench in his Steam debut. Dallas Hall (Miami University/Lakota West) contributed a pair of hits, driving in an RBI and scoring a run.
The same two teams return to Max McLeary on Wednesday with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. Gus Graham (Miami University) will get the start for the Steam opposed by Lima’s Tyler Anderson.
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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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