ATHENS, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam versus Southern Ohio Copperheads game on Thursday was suspended due to rain and will be picked up at the point of interruption Friday at Max McLeary Field at 5:05pm.
The Steam and Copperheads were deadlocked in a 1-1 tie at the end of the fifth inning. That’s when a black cloud settled over Bob Wren Stadium and lightning was seen by game officials. The tarp was put on the field as a precautionary method and soon thereafter rain fell for almost an hour.
Cincinnati scored its run in the second inning taking a 1-0 lead. With two outs, Brandon Giltrow (Wright State/Lakota West) and Dan Chmielewski (Michigan State) singled to reach base. Giltrow scored on a RBI base hit by second baseman Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon).
Southern Ohio countered in the bottom of the inning when catcher Braden Frankfort tripled with one out. Frankfort scored on a ground ball to tie the score 1-1.
The Steam defense came up with a clutch double play to end a Copperheads rally ending the fifth inning. Southern Ohio had runners on the corners when Hunter Walsh grounded into the inning ending twin killing that prevented the go-ahead run from scoring from third base.
Southern Ohio will remain the home team in the suspended game despite the game being played at Max McLeary Field.
The regularly scheduled game will begin at 7:05pm with Tristan Hammans (University of Cincinnati) starting for the Steam opposed by Wade Martin for the Copperheads.
You can listen to John Asalon’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.
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