CINCINNATI, Ohio – A pitcher’s duel turned into a wild escapade in the late innings as the Cincinnati Steam lost a heartbreaker to the Lake Erie Monarchs 2-1 in 11 innings Saturday night at Max McLeary Field.
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The game was scoreless until the top of the eighth inning until Lake Erie (7-12) scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch.
The Monarchs looking to add to its 1-0 lead, had runners on the corners with no outs in the ninth inning. The Steam responded by turning its first triple play in franchise history to get out of the jam.
Cooper Marshall grounded to Jake Richmond (Northern Kentucky/Oak Hills) at shortstop who threw to Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) at second for the first out. Beckner turned the play at second by firing to first baseman Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) at first base for the second out. Jacob Singer, getting a late jump from third base was out at home on a bullet thrown by Murphy to catcher Brandon Giltrow (Wright State/Lakota West) who applied the swipe tag.
The Steam (12-6) rallied in the ninth, scoring the tying run in a very unconventional manner. Dallas Hall (Miami/Lakota West) singled to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to second. Murphy singled putting Hall at third.
Caleb Smith came into the game in relief of starting pitcher Evan Marquardt to face Beckner. Murphy broke toward second base with Smith still looking in to get the sign from his catcher. Smith threw to second and the ball was misplayed by the Monarch’s second baseman, scoring Hall to tie the game 1-1.
Beckner singled to shallow left field and Murphy was thrown out at the plate by a large margin trying to score from second base. Murphy was ejected from the game protesting the hard tag applied by Lake Erie catcher Garrett Hammer. In the aftermath, Cincinnati head coach Pat Hyde was also ejected for arguing the Murphy ejection.
The game went into extra innings where the game remained tied till the top of the 11th inning. Lake Erie’s Jacob Singer doubled, scoring Paul Gomez to give the Monarch’s a 2-1 victory.
Marquardt threw a gem for Lake Erie, going 8 and 1/3 innings, scattering six hits, giving up one run and striking out 12 batters while walking just one.
Cincinnati’s Matt Kent (Xavier University) went five scoreless innings, striking out seven batters and giving up just five hits.
The Steam and Monarchs return to Max McLeary Field Sunday for a 6:05pm first pitch. Brad Kirschner (Xavier University) gets the start for the Steam. All kids under 13-years old will run the bases after the game.
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.
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