HAMILTON, Ohio – The Hamilton Joes came from behind on two different occasions to defeat the Cincinnati Steam 7-6 at Foundation Field on Thursday night. Ben Spitznagel’s (Colerain/UNC_Greensboro) sacrifice fly in the eighth inning scoring A.J. Compton turned out to be the difference.
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With the win, the Joes (18-11) force a first place tie in the GLSCL south division with the Xenia Scouts. The Steam (16-12) currently sit in third place just one-and-1/2 games behind the pace.
Cincinnati took the early advantage on a two run home run hit by Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) off the scoreboard in right field. The blast was Murphy’s tenth on the season.
Hamilton tied the game 2-2 in the third inning with a pair of runs.
The Steam took the lead back in the fifth inning in an unconventional manner. Ethan Schmidt (Xavier University) led off with a double and advanced to third base on a ground out. Schmidt scored on a balk committed by Hamilton starting pitcher Chase Antle to retake the advantage 3-2.
The Joes scored four times in the sixth inning, the big blow was an RBI double by light hitting catcher Mason Deanna, pushing Hamilton in front of Cincinnati 6-3.
The Steam fought back to tie the game in the eighth inning. Dan Chmielewski (Michigan State) led off the seventh inning with a solo home run over the left field fence.
In the eighth inning, Roger Denison (Xavier University) doubled and eventually scored on a throwing error by Hamilton. Kyle Dockus (Wright State/Moeller) doubled to left scoring Chmielewski tying the game 6-6. Unfortunately for the Steam, Dockus was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple for the third out of the inning.
The Joes manufactured a run in the bottom of the eighth. Compton was hit by a pitch with one out and stole second base. Compton advanced to third on a passed ball with still just one out in the inning. Spitznagel hit a fly ball that took Chmielewski all the way to fence in right field easily scoring Compton.
The Steam were retired in order in the ninth by Cameron Ross (Cincinnati/Conner), securing the Joes first of the season over the Steam.
The same two teams play Saturday night at Max McLeary with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. Tristan Hammans (University of Cincinnati) takes the mound for the Steam opposed by Darien Smith.
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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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