CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam (19-16) jumped out to an early lead but the wheels fell off quickly as the Xenia Scouts (24-12) came away with a 17-7 win.
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The Scouts scored twice in the first inning but Cincinnati came up with five runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) hit a towering three-run home run to straight away centerfield, starting the offensive explosion.
After Xenia scored a run in the second inning, the Steam came back with two more runs. Three doubles in the inning by Kyle Dockus (Wright State/Moeller), Murphy and Andy Roser (Huntington University) plated the runs for the Steam.
With a 7-5 lead, Cincinnati saw the game disintegrate during a seven-run barrage in the fifth inning. The Steam defense did not help matters by committed two errors in the field during the inning.
The Scouts scored 14 unanswered runs, including a two-run home run by former Steam player Adrian Marquez (Wright State), after the third inning.
Adding insult to injury, Xenia pitchers at one point retired 15 straight Steam batters in the middle to late innings.
The win for Xenia combined with a loss by the Hamilton Joes catapulted the Scouts into sole possession of first place in the GLSCL south division standings.
The Steam still have its playoff hopes alive, tied for third place in the division with the Licking County Settlers.
The same two teams finish the season series with an afternoon game on Sunday at Grady’s Field. Shane Smith (Miami/Elder) takes the mound for the Steam with first pitch scheduled for 4:05pm.
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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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