LORAIN, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam came from behind to defeat the Lorain County Ironmen 8-6 at the Pipe Yard on Wednesday. The win salvaged a split in the two-game series and gave the Steam its first ever win against the Ironmen (11-17).
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Trailing 6-5 with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, the Steam (16-11) rallied for three runs.
Ethan Schmidt (Xavier University) and Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) each reached base on back-to-back singles. Dan Chmielewski (Michigan State) singled to left and the ball got passed left fielder Dan Elliott for an error, scoring Schmidt to tie the game 6-6.
Jake Richmond (Northern Kentucky/Oak Hills) doubled to score Beckner and Chmielweski to go ahead 8-6. Richmond led the Steam offense with three hits for the game.
Daron Bowling (Morehouse/Hughes Center) came out of the bullpen, throwing three and 1/3 innings of relief to earn the win. Bowling struck out a career high five batters while giving up just one hit and not allowing a run.
Bowling faced the first two batters to begin the bottom of the ninth inning, walking the first and striking out the second. Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) came in for Bowling and threw one pitch, inducing a double play to end the game and earn his first save of the season.
Gus Graham (Miami University) got the start and went five innings giving up five hits and five runs, just one of which was earned, while striking out six batters and not allowing a walk.
The game was delayed one hour and 11 minutes at the start due to a storm that rolled through the Lorain area.
The Steam return closer to home but still play a road game on Thursday at Foundation Field in Hamilton, Ohio. Brad Kirschner (Xavier University/Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington) gets the start for the Steam who take on the Hamilton Joes at 7:05pm. Chase Antle will oppose Kirschner on the mound for the Joes.
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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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