CELINA, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam (14-6) needed late inning heroics Tuesday night to hold on and beat the Grand Lake Mariners 4-3 at Montgomery Field in Celina.
Shane Smith (Miami University/Elder) pitched a gem for the Steam going eight innings to earn his third victory of the season. Smith scattered four hits while striking out five batters, walking just one and giving up only one run.
Jake Richmond (Northern Kentucky/Oak Hills) lead off the third inning with a solo home run to give the Steam a 1-0 lead.
The game stayed 1-0 until Grand Lake (13-8) scored a run on a controversial obstruction call in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Billy Sager singled with two outs for the Mariners. Tyler Webster doubled to right field and Sager was waved home by Grand Lake head coach Chris O’Neill. The throw home arrived to the plate at the same time as Sager. Home plate umpire Jason Dreyer ruled obstruction against Cincinnati catcher Kyle Durham (Tiffin University), allowing the tying run to score.
The Steam rallied in the ninth inning taking the lead 4-1. Richmond singled in a run scoring pinch runner Kyle Dockus (Wright State/Moeller) from second base. Kyle Orloff (Indianapolis/Elder) followed with a two-run home run to provide what turned out to be a pair of much needed insurance runs.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Tyler Schmidt came to the plate with the bases loaded, lacing a double to score two runs for the Mariners.
Mac Welsh (Louisville/Ryle) came into the game with runners on first and second base and zero outs. Welsh struck out two batters and forced a game-ending groundout to earn his third save of the season.
The Steam and the Mariners will play again on Wednesday, this time at the Wally Post Athletic Complex in St. Henry, Ohio. Gus Graham (Miami University) takes the mound for Cincinnati with the first pitch scheduled for 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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