Steam bounce back in 5-2 win over Monarchs

CINCINNATI, Ohio – For the second straight game the Cincinnati Steam (13-6) and the Lake Erie Monarchs (7-13) were locked into a pitcher’s duel at Max McLeary Field. On Sunday, the Steam offense took over giving Cincinnati a 5-2 victory to split the weekend homestand.

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Brad Kirschner (Xavier/Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington) taking the hill for the Steam was tremendous working six strong innings. Kirschner made just one mistake, giving up a majestic home run to Monarchs shortstop Mike Brdar in the sixth inning. Other than that pitch, Kirschner was fantastic, scattering just three hits while striking out six batters and not allowing a walk.

The Steam offense was doormat through seven innings thanks to Lake Erie starting pitcher Chris Modrzynski. Modrsynski was cruising right along until the eighth inning when Cincinnati left fielder Roger Danison (Xavier University) led off the eighth inning.

Danison stepped to the plate leading off the inning, sending a blast over the 40-foot tall fence in right field tying the score 1-1. The homer set the tone for the Steam offense to score all five runs of the game as 10 batters came to the plate.

Ethan Schmidt (Xavier University) followed Danison’s home run with a bunt single and advanced to second base on a walk issued to Kyle Dockus (Wright State/Moeller).

Dallas Hall (Miami/Lakota West) laid down a sacrifice bunt but an errant throw to first allowed Schmidt and Dockus to score the go-ahead runs.

The Steam scored insurance runs thanks to Jake Richmond’s (Northern Kentucky/Oak Hills) RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Giltrow (Wright State/Lakota West).

Evan Korson (Ball State/Lakota East) went three innings out of the bullpen to earn the victory for the Steam.

Cincinnati (13-6) leads the GLSCL South division by a half-game over the Xenia Scouts (12-6) and the Hamilton Joes (13-7).

The Steam has an off day on Monday before going on a three-day, four-game road trip. Cincinnati opens a two-game series Tuesday night with the Grand Lake Mariners at Montgomery Field in Celina, Ohio beginning at 7:05pm.

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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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