HAMILTON, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam had a chance to earn a chance at hosting a play-in game in next week’s GLSCL playoffs by sweeping a double header with the Hamilton Joes. Instead the Joes sweep the Steam by scores of 10-2 and 2-1 to secure no worse than a No. 3 seed in the postseason tournament.
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The Xenia Scouts were also swept by the Licking County Settlers on Saturday creating a tie at the top of the GLSCL South division. Both Xenia (26-15) and Hamilton (26-15) each have guaranteed playoff spots as either a No. 2 or No. 3 seed depending on Sunday’s results.
The Steam (23-18) and Licking County (23-18) are now tied for the final two playoff spots. The Settlers hold the tie breaker over the Steam if the two teams finish the regular season on Sunday with the same record.
Cincinnati was blown out in the first game of Saturday’s double header 10-2. In the nightcap the Steam could not take advantage of a strong pitching performance from Daron Bowling (Morehouse/Hughes Center) falling 2-1.
Hamilton manufactured two runs in the third inning, turning out to be all of the offense the Joes needed to win the game. A bases loaded walk scored the first run and a second run scored on a ground ball double play.
The Steam rallied in the sixth inning beginning with a leadoff single by Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon). After Kyle Dockus (Wright State/Moeller) walked, Jake Richmond (Northern Kentucky/Oak Hills) doubled to drive in Beckner.
Hamilton brought Cameron Ross in relief and he slammed the door on the Steam. Ross forced Cole Murphy (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) to ground back to the mound. Andy Roser (Huntington University) hit a shallow fly ball to centerfield that was not deep enough to score the runner from third base. Roger Danison (Xavier University) ended the inning on a groundout to second base.
Ross complete the two-inning save by retiring the Steam in order in the seven inning.
The Steam finish its regular season schedule Sunday at Max McLeary with a 6:05pm matchup against the Joes. 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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