CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Steam is proud to announce a total of five players earning Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League post season recognition. Jake Richmond and Roger Danison were named to the 1st-team All-GLSCL team. Cole Murphy, Brandon Giltrow and Dallas Hall earned 2nd-team All-GLSCL honors. All five players also played in the GSLCL All-Star Game earlier in the season.
Richmond along with Hamilton’s Tyler Friis split the honor as the 1st-team All-GLSCL shortstop. Richmond started most of the season for the Steam at shortstop until elbow tendonitis limited him to the designated hitter role late in the season. He hit seven home runs and drove in 37 RBIs, both good enough for fifth in the GLSCL rankings. Richmond, who sat out this past season at Northern Kentucky University after transferring from the University of Cincinnati, is second on the Steam’s all-time career list with 10 home runs.
Danison finished the season as the team’s leading hitter with a .333 batting average. Denison finished the season 10th in the GLSCL in batting average. The native of Carroll, Ohio hit two home runs with 15 RBIs, hitting nine doubles while adding a triple to his final stat line. The outfielder from Xavier University was an all-star for the Steam after completing his freshman season with the Musketeers.
Murphy was a candidate for the GLSCL triple crown up until the half way point of the season. The University of Cincinnati freshman set the Steam’s all-time career home run mark in his first season with the team. Murphy led the team in home runs (12), RBIs (39), doubles (13), slugging percentage (.625) and runs scored (36). He lead the GLSCL in extra base hits (25), second in home runs and third in RBIs.
Giltrow came to the Steam for his defensive ability but more than held his own at the plate. After going 5-for-6 and scoring six runs in his Steam debut, Giltrow hit .320 with four home runs and 12 RBIs. The catcher from Wright State threw out a GSLCL best 13 base runners attempting to steal. His .277 stolen bases against efficiency was second in the league.
Hall got off to a great start for the Steam but a hand injury limited his production late in the season. After coming off a successful freshman season at Miami University, Hall picked up where he left off for the Steam. He hit .310 with 19 RBIs and tied for the team lead with three triples. Hall quickly established the role as a team leader and while earning a spot on the GSLCL South Division all-star team.
Hamilton’s Ben Spitznagel (UNC_Greensboro/Colerain) won the Gary Henschen Player of the Year Award. Dane Toftland (Indiana State), also from Hamilton was named the Ron Miller Top Player Prospect. Lima’s Connor Curlis (Ohio State) swept the Lou Laslo Pitcher of the Year and the Tony Lucadella Top Pitcher Prospect Awards. Bubba Cates from the Xenia Scouts won the Manager of the Year Award.
The Steam finished its season with a 23-19 record and earned a No. 6 seed in the GSLCL playoffs falling to the Hamilton Joes in a one-game playoff game. Cincinnati has earned a spot in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League playoffs in 10 of its 11 seasons 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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