Steam take two from Jazz

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam sweep a pair of games Thursday at Max McLeary, improving its playoff chances with victories of 14-3 and 1-0 over the Richmond Jazz.

Click here for Game 1 box score

Click here for Game 2 box score

The first game was the completion of a suspended game from July 3rd in Richmond. The Steam started with a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Cincinnati’s offense continued to pour it on the Jazz to win the game going away.

Roger Danison (Xavier University), Dallas Hall (Miami/Lakota West) and Brandon Giltrow (Wright State/Lakota West) were the offense standouts for the Steam each racking up three hits.

Danison drove in a team-high four RBIs and two of Hall’s three hits were doubles. Giltrow capped the scoring with a three-run homer in the ninth inning.

The regularly scheduled game turned out to be a pitcher’s dual between Tristan Hammans (University of Cincinnati) and Richmond’s John Troll. Hammond tossed eight shutout innings giving up just three hits while striking out seven batters.

Joseph Martin (St. Catharine/Highlands) earned his first save of the season thanks in part to an outstanding defensive play by the Steam.

The Jazz had a runner on first base when Bobby Thompson hit a blast off the right field fence. Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) took the relay throw and fired a seed to the plate gunning down the potential tying run.

Cincinnati sits in good position with four regular season games remaining. The Steam (22-16) are currently in third place in the GLSCL South Division behind the Xenia Scouts (25-13) and the Hamilton Joes (24-14). Cincinnati gained a slight bit of separation in the division from the Licking County Settlers (20-18) and the Southern Ohio Copperheads (20-19) who split a double header with each other on Thursday.

In the GLSCL North division, the Lima Locos clinched the title with a win Thursday over the Galion Graders. The Grand Lake Mariners (21-18) and the Irish Hills Leprechauns (20-19) are battling the second automatic playoff spot out of the division.

The two division winners receive an automatic berth into the GLSCL semi-final playoff series. Each division runner-up will host a play-in game to determine the opponent of the division champions. The two teams with the best remaining record will be the opponents of the division runners-up in the play-in games.

The Steam and the Jazz wrap the season series Friday night at historic McBride Stadium in Richmond, Indiana. Shane Smith gets the start for the Steam with first pitch scheduled at 7:05pm.

You can listen to Brady Laber’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.

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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