XENIA — It just wasn’t a night for pitchers.
Barely halfway through Wednesday night’s Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball game between the visiting Joes and the Xenia Scouts, the two teams had combined for 16 runs and 19 hits, including two home runs.
And one of those homers was hit by the home team.
Tyler Taute parked a pitch into the trees beyond the right field fence for Xenia’s first home run of the season. The shot, estimated at just over 380 feet in distance, scored two runs and gave the Scouts a brief 9-7 lead.
Taute, who is a junior infielder at Mary Hardin-Baylor University, was mobbed by his teammates as he returned to the dugout.
Through seven innings, Taute was on a tear with three hits in three trips to the plate, scoring three runs and driving in four others. Conner Combs had gone 3-for-4 at the plate through seven innings of play, scored three runs and drove in one. Tad “The Alphabet” Sobieszczanski scored twice, drove in a couple Scouts runs and had two hits through seven frames of play.
Xenia batters had out-hit Hamilton 18-16 by through seven and a half innings of play, with the Joes leading 14-12.
Through eight innings, Hamilton’s Brad Macciocchi was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with four hits, four runs scored and an RBI.
Wednesday night’s offensive display marked the first time this season the Scouts had scored more than 12 runs in a game. However, it was also the first time they had given up more than 12 runs to an opponent.
In Tuesday night’s error-free contest, Xenia (13-16 at the time) lost its sixth consecutive game. This time, it was the Joes who beat them — 3-2 at Foundation Field, in Hamilton. Nick Land, a Hendrix College senior from Austin, Texas, picked up his first pitching loss of the season. He gave up nine hits and three earned runs in 6 1/3 inning of work.
University of Houston sophomore third baseman Jordan Stading and left fielder Michael Staudinger, a 6-foot-3 sophomore at Azusa Pacific University, each went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Scouts. Staudinger doubled, tripled and drove in both Xenia runs in the second inning.
The two teams will complete the three-game series at 7:05 p.m. today at Hamilton’s Foundation Field on the University of Miami-Hamilton branch campus.
Xenia will return to Grady’s Field on Friday for a 7:05 p.m. home contest with the league-leading Cincinnati Steam (18-8).