NEWARK, Ohio – Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) hit a grand slam home run in the top of the ninth inning but it still was not enough as the Cincinnati Steam fell to the Licking County Settlers 11-10 Saturday at Licking Valley High School.
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The Steam (16-13) jumped out to a 4-0 early lead but could not hold to the advantage. The big blow in the second inning was a three-run home run hit by Dan Chmielewski (Michigan State).
Licking County (15-14) scored two runs in the second, third and fifth innings to came all the way back and take a 6-4 advantage.
Cincinnati scored a run in the sixth inning when Ethan Schmidt (Xavier University) doubled with two outs. Schmidt stole third base and when the throw went into left field, he scored to cut the Settlers lead to 6-5.
Licking County got that run back in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Tanner Burns that scored Jimmy Standohar.
After the Settlers scored another run, Cincinnati had an opportunity to make some damage in the top of the eighth inning. Kyle Dockus (Wright State/Moeller) singled with one out and the bases loaded to score Kyle Durham (Tiffin University). Licking County closer Joe McGuire got the final two outs of the inning with the bases still loaded preserving an 8-6 lead.
In the bottom of the inning Licking County broke the game open with a three-run home run by left fielder Bo Decker who was making his debut with the Settlers.
The Steam still had one more comeback attempt left in the ninth inning.
Durham began the rally with a two-out single followed by a Schmidt base hit. Chmielewski’s infield single loaded the bases, setting the table for Beckner’s grand slam. Unfortunately, Dockus grounded out the end the game and the Settlers survived with an 11-10 victory.
The same two teams will do battle Sunday at Max McLeary Field. Matt Kent (Xavier University) will get the start for the Steam and kids age 12 years and younger will run the bases after the game.
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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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