XENIA —The Xenia Scouts’ bats came alive late in Thursday night’s battle with the visiting Licking County Settlers, and the two teams battled well into the night in Xenia’s Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League regular season finale.
Xenia plated four runs on four hits in the bottom half of the eighth inning to tie the game at six runs apiece.
Licking County’s pitchers retired the Scouts for much of the contest, and the Settlers’ bats … well, they initially appeared to settle things.
Settler starter Dustin Cowart held the Scouts to just one base hit, a Mac Seibert second-inning single, in his four innings of work. Middle reliever Will Nichol then held Xenia to one hit through his first three innings of work, while Licking County had out-hit the Scouts at one point 9-to-1.
But then the Scouts’ bats woke up.
Conner Combs, Tyler Krahn, and Mac Seibert each singled to start the bottom of the eighth inning, with Combs coming home on Seibert’s hit. After Michael Staudinger singled and Lincoln Reed drew a walk to load the bases, lead-off hitter Clayton Brandt reached first on an error by the Settlers’ shortstop. That miscue enabled Seibert and Staudinger to score and tie the game at 6-6.
Tad Sobieszczanski hit a two-out single to left in the Scouts’ bottom of the ninth, but Xenia was unable to bring him home.
If they win, the Scouts would remain in fourth place with a 21-19 regular season record.
A Scouts loss would have Xenia and Licking County swapping positions in the standings, with the Settlers now settling into fourth place. It’s possible that Xenia could play its playoff game in Newark against the very same Settlers.
As the first team to finish all 40 of its regularly scheduled games for the season, Xenia has to sit and wait to see where they will ultimately finish in the GLSCL.
As of presstime, the two teams were still knotted up at 6-all. Please go to xeniagazette.com for the final result.