Steam split two with Cheads

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam (18-15) picked up its suspended game with the Southern Ohio Copperheads (18-16) on Friday at Max McLeary and pulled out a 5-1 win in 11 innings.

The game began the night before at Bob Wren Stadium and was suspended due to rain with the score 1-1 going into the sixth inning.

Both teams held each other scoreless when the teams resumed play at Max McLeary Field Friday evening until the 11th inning.

Brandon Giltrow (Wright State/Lakota West) lead off the inning with a double. Dan Chmielewski (Michigan State) squared to bunt in an attempt to sacrifice pinch runner Casey Metzger (Thomas More/Oak Hills) to third base. Chmielewski was instead hit in the back with the pitch to put runners at first and second base.

Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) singled loading the bases for Kyle Dockus (Wright State/Moeller). The Copperheads set up a unique defensive strategy that turned out to not work in their favor.

Southern Ohio brought centerfielder Devin Garcia into to the infield as a fifth defender placed behind the second base bag. Dockus hit a sharp ground ball that Garcia misplayed scoring Metzger and Chmielewski.

Becker scored on a wild pitch and Dockus was plated on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills).

Mac Welsh (Louisville/Ryle) retired the Copperheads 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 11th inning to secure the 5-1 win.

Daron Bowling (Morehouse College/Hughes Center) was the story on the mound for the Steam. Bowling tossed three perfect innings, retiring all nine batters he faced, to earn the victory for the Steam.

Cincinnati dropped the originally scheduled game in the night cap to Southern Ohio 7-4.

The Steam will host the first place Xenia Scouts on Saturday at Max McLeary Field. It’s Bark in the Park Night presented by Nestle Purina so everyone is encouraged to bring their four-legged friends and they will be a Nestle Purina prize package raffled off during the game.

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.

If you have any questions or media requests, please contact the Steam’s Director of Baseball Operations Brady Laber at 513 477-8553 or bradylaber@gmail.com

Follow the Cincinnati Steam on Twitter @cincinnatisteam or on Facebook and Instagram. The team website is cincinnatisteam.com and the official email account is steambaseball@gmail.com.

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