XENIA, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam recovered from a bad loss to soundly defeat the first place Xenia Scouts 9-2 Sunday afternoon on Grady’s Field at the Athletes in Action Sports Complex.
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Shane Smith (Miami University/Elder) was outstanding on the mound for the Steam going eight innings to earn his team-high fifth win of the season. Smith surrendered just two hits and one unearned run while striking out five batters and not giving up any walks.
The Steam offense was equal to the task, churning out 18 hits against five Xenia pitchers. Dallas Hall (Miami University/Lakota West) and Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) each smacked four hits to lead the offensive onslaught.
Cincinnati put four runs on the board in the first inning and never looked back. Becker capped off the scoring for Cincinnati with a solo home run in the eighth inning.
The Steam go into the all-star break with a 20-16 record, good enough for third place in the GLSCL south division. Cincinnati along with Licking County (19-17) and Southern Ohio (19-18) are in contention for the final two playoff spots in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.
Xenia and the Hamilton Joes are tied atop the division with matching 24-13 records.
The GLSCL All-Star Game will take place Tuesday night at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm Admission is free to the event and six Steam players will participate in the game.
You can listen to John Asalon’s broadcast of the all-star game 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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