ST. HENRY, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam and the Grand Lake Mariners played home run derby Wednesday night at the cozy confines of Wally Post Field in St. Henry. In the end it was a single to left field in the 14th inning that gave the Mariners a 15-14 win.
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Michael Brown’s single to left field off Tarrin Beachy (Huntington University) scored Derek Parola giving the Mariners (14-8) a wild come-from-behind victory.
Cincinnati (14-7) took a 13-6 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning but the Steam bullpen imploded. Billy Sager’s pinch hit home run capped a seven-run scoring binge that sent the game into extra innings.
A total of seven home runs were hit in the game, four by the Steam, as both team took advantage of the small ballpark. The two teams also combined for a total of 39 hits.
Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) hit his league leading ninth home run of the season in the ninth inning.
Roger Danison (Xavier University), Brandon Giltrow (Wright State/Lakota West) and Ethan Schmidt (Xavier University) each went yard for the Steam. Every batter in the lineup had a hit with Danison, Giltrow and Andy Roser (Huntington University) each tallying three base knocks.
Alex Dickey (Wabash/LaSalle) was fantastic out of the bullpen for the Steam, throwing four scoreless innings, giving up just one hit while striking out three batters.
The Steam has to bounce back quickly, traveling to Grady’s Field at the Athletics in Action Sports Complex in Xenia on Thursday afternoon. Cincinnati plays a double header against the Xenia Scouts with the first game beginning at 4:35pm.
The Steam, who lead Xenia by just a half-game in the GLSCL South division standings, will start Evan Korson (Ball State/Lakota East) in the first game and Daron Bowling (Morehouse/Hughes Center) takes the ball in the nightcap.
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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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