CINCINNATI, Ohio – For the second consecutive game the Cincinnati Steam (16-14) jumped out to an early lead only to see its lead slip away to the Licking County Settlers (16-14). A six-run fifth inning plus a pair of unearned runs in the seventh turned out to be the difference for the Settlers beating the Steam 10-7 Sunday at Max McLeary Field.
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The Cincinnati loss created a three-way tie for third place in the GLSCL south division standings with the Steam, the Settlers and the Southern Ohio Copperheads.
The Steam put four runs on the board in the first inning, two coming on an opposite field home run hit by Jake Richmond (Northern Kentucky/Oak Hills) over the 40-foot tall right field fence.
Cincinnati scored two more runs in the inning. Brandon Giltrow’s (Wright State/Lakota West) RBI single with the based loaded brought home Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills). With the bases still juiced, Dan Chmielewski (Michigan State) grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring Andy Roser (Huntington University).
In the third inning, the Steam put an additional run on the board when Chmielewski doubled to center field scoring Roser to take what seemed to be a commanding 5-0 advantage.
Cincinnati starter Matt Kent (Xavier University) was cruising right along until the he was chased from the game in the fifth inning. Licking County scored six runs of Kent taking a 6-5 lead.
The Steam tied the game in the sixth inning with Kyle Dockus (Wright State/Moeller) at the plate and the bases loaded. Licking County uncorked a wild pitch scoring Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) tying the game 6-6.
The Settlers scored two unearned runs off Daron Bowling (Morehouse/Hughes Center) in the seventh inning thanks to a pair of Cincinnati errors.
Licking County scored two more runs in the ninth inning to go ahead 10-6. The Steam rallied in the bottom of the inning with the go-ahead run at the plate and no outs.
Dockus, who had four hits and reached base in all six plate appearances, singled to score Chmielewski to cut the deficit to 10-7. Back-to-back strikeouts by Richmond and Murphy followed by Roser’s groundout ended the rally and the game for the Steam.
After and off day on Monday, the Steam will play a double header at Max McLeary Field against the Irish Hills Leprechauns with the first game starting at 4:35pm. Shane Smith (Miami University/Elder) and Gus Graham (Miami University) will be the starting pitchers for the Steam.
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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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