Steam season ends with 3-1 playoff loss

HAMILTON, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam season ended with a 3-1 loss to the Hamilton Joes in a one-game playoff Tuesday at Foundation Field. The Joes advance to one of the GLSCL semi-final best-of-three game series agains the Xenia Scouts beginning Wednesday night at Grady’s Field.

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Brad Kirschner (Xavier/Ripley-Lewis-Huntington-Union) got the start and pitched seven strong innings for the Steam. He gave up just three runs on nine hits while striking out seven batters walking just one batter. Unfortunately for Kirschner and the Steam, those three runs were all the Joes needed to come away victorious.

Hamilton got to Kirschner in the second inning with three consecutive hard hit ball scoring two runs. Kaleb King singled with one out and scored on a triple by Tyler Thamann. Jake Murray doubled easily scoring Thamann from third base.

The Steam manufactured a run in the seventh inning to finally get on the scoreboard. Roger Danison (Xavier University) lead off with a walk and advanced to second bass on a passed ball. Brandon Giltrow (Wright State/Lakota West) moved Danison to third base on a fly ball to deep centerfield. Denison scored the Steam’s only run of the game on an RBI groundout by left fielder Casey Metzger (Thomas More/Oak Hills).

The Joes scored an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning but it did not matter as the Cincinnati offense failed to push any more runs across the plate.

Zach Beckner (Kent State/Lebanon) and Dallas Hall (Miami University/Lakota West) each produced two hits out of the eight total by the Steam offense.

The Steam finished its season with a 23-20 overall record earning its 10th playoff appearance in its 11th season of existence. 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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