Steam fall to Ironmen on a walk-off

LORAIN, Ohio – Lorain County left fielder Dan Elliott’s solo home run leading off the tenth inning catapulted the Ironman to a 7-6 come-from-behind win over the Cincinnati Steam Tuesday night at The Pipe Yard.

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The Steam offense was good enough to win, putting up 11 hits and enjoying a 6-1 lead into the sixth inning. Cincinnati stranding 12 runners plus a bullpen collapse combined for the team’s demise.

Starting pitcher Shane Smith (Miami University/Elder) threw well for the Steam before tiring in the sixth inning. Smith went six innings giving up three runs, scattering five hits and striking out five batters but walked away with a no-decision.

In the third inning the Steam (15-11) took a 2-0 lead when Roger Danison (Xavier University) singled to right field scoring Dallas Hall (Miami/Lakota West) and Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills).

Lorain County (11-16) scores a run in the bottom of the third but the Steam answered with a pair in the fifth inning. Kyle Orloff (Indianapolis/Elder) knocked in Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) with a base hit. Brandon Giltrow (Wright State/Lakota West) chased home Murphy with a base knock of his own extending the lead to 4-1.

The Steam appeared to apply the finishing touches on the game in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Orloff’s single plated two runs to give Cincinnati what seemed at the time to be a commanding 6-1 advantage.

Smith left the game with the Steam still leading 6-3. Joseph Martin (St. Catharine/Highlands) pitched his way into a jam in the seventh. Martin walked the first two batters he faces and committed an error on a sacrifice bunt to load the bases.

Lorain County scored a run on a fielder’s choice but that’s all the Ironman would score in the seventh. Giltrow throwing out a would-be base stealer and a groundout secured the Steam’s slim 6-4 lead.

The Ironman scored twice in the eighth inning to even the score 6-6. The game tying run scored a wild pitch thrown by Alex Dickey (Wabash/LaSalle).

The game went to extra innings when Elliott, facing Steam reliever Mac Welsh (Louisville/Ryle) deposited the first pitch of the tenth inning over the right field fence.

Becker and Danison each smacked three hits for Cincinnati and Orloff drove in a team high 3 RBIs.

The Steam and the Ironman conclude the two-game road series Wednesday at the Pipe Yard. Gus Graham (Miami University) gets the start for the Steam with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.

You can listen to Brady Laber’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.

If you have any questions or media requests, please contact the Steam’s Director of Baseball Operations Brady Laber at 513 477-8553 or bradylaber@gmail.com

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