XENIA — Baseball fans will have the chance to see plenty of Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League action today at Grady’s Field, on the Athlete’s In Action sports complex. Two games are on tap, with the evening contest involving the third-seeded Xenia Scouts.
The day’s first game will pit the sixth seeded Hamilton Joes (19-21) against the seventh seeded Lake Erie Monarchs (18-21) for a 2 p.m. game at Grady’s Field.
The winner of that contest won’t have too long to celebrate, however. That’s because they’ll then return to Grady’s Field to take on the Scouts (21-19) for a 7:30 p.m. game.
Further South in Cincinnati, the no. 5-seed Licking County Settlers (19-18) will play the no. 8-seed Grand Lake Mariners (16-23) for a 2 p.m. Tuesday game at Max McLeary Field on the Western Hills High School campus. The winner of that contest will then play a 7:05 p.m. contest against the league’s no. 4 seeded Cincinnati Steam (21-19).
According to the greatlakesleague.org website, the winner of Tuesday’s games at Xenia will host the second-seeded Southern Ohio Copperheads (23-16), and the winner of the games in Cincinnati will then host the regular season champion and top seeded Lima Locos (27-13), in the first game of a pair of three-game series. Those games will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the higher seed’s field.
Lima and Southern Ohio will then host the final two games of the best-of-three semifinals, if necessary, on their respective home fields.
The league championship series will then take place Aug. 2-4 with the lower seed having home-field advantage. Those games will all be 7 p.m. starts.
Lima, Southern Ohio and Xenia each enter the postseason having won eight of their final 10 games of the regular season.
Despite being stuck in a lengthy season ending losing streak, the Cincinnati Steam eked out a 1-0 win over Hamilton on the final day of the regular season to claim the fourth seed. They’ve won just two of their last 10 contests.
Nick Paxton, of the Newark-based Licking County Settlers team, claimed regular season batting average honors with his .438 average. Lima’s Daniel Garner won the home run title with 8 in 40 games. Fellow Lima Locos teammates Kyle Lewis and Dylan Ingram led the GLSCL in RBIs with 36 each.
In pitching, Cincinnati Steam throwers Scott Sebald and Matt Jefferson, Chris Ticherich of the Hamilton Joes, and Curtis Wilson of the Grand Lake Mariners each claimed five wins to tie for that honor this season. Cory Wilder earned the strikeout title with 60 thrown for Lima, and the Lake Erie Monarchs’ Rob Gustitus had the league’s best earned -run average this season at 0.95.
Jordan Stading leads the Scouts in batting average (.354) and RBIs (14); Luke Ortel, Conner Combs and Clayton Brandt each have a home run, and Andrew Carrillo leads the team in stolen bases with 13.
Among the Scouts’ starting pitchers, Lucas Hamelink has the team’s top ERA at 2.29. He’s also tops in strikeouts (39), and innings pitched (55). Jason Karkenny has the most pitchings wins with four.