XENIA — The Xenia Scouts needed 10 innings before they could score a run, in Friday’s July 14 doubleheader split with the visiting Cincinnati Steam.
Cincinnati pasted the Scouts, 11-0, in the first of two seven-inning games played on Grady’s Field, located at the Athletes In Action Sports Complex, but Xenia responded with a 5-4 win in the nightcap.
It wasn’t until Ohio State University red shirt freshman Joey Roddy drove in Tennessee-Martin senior Jordan Lambert in the fourth inning of Friday’s second game that Xenia was able to put a run on the scoreboard.
The Steam pounded a dozen hits, while limiting Xenia to five, in the first contest. Cincinnati’s speedy lead-off hitter, Jace Mercer of the University of Cincinnati, collected three hits in four plate appearances, but it was Johnson County Community College right fielder Matt Warkentin who hit a home run as part of a four-RBI performance in the first-game win.
Cincinnati is now 17-12 this season and in first place in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League’s Southern Division by one game over the Richmond (Ind.) Jazz.
With 13 games left in the ‘s regular season, Xenia (14-14) finds itself just 2 1/2 games behind Cincinnati.
Wright State’s Kyle Casserly was the only Scout with multiple hits in the first-game loss. The Raider first baseman went 2-for-3 with a double. Cairn University’s Aaron Takacs, Cadon Owens of Oral Roberts University, and Roddy had the other Xenia hits.
Xenia trailed in Game 2 by a 3-1 count after Roddy’s RBI single in the fourth. In the fifth, Francisco Ondina scored on a passed ball strikeout of Casserly (who safely advanced to first). Lambert then singled home Point Loma Nazarene freshman catcher Ryan Park to tie the game at 3-all. Roddy then put the Scouts out in front, 5-3, with a fifth-inning single that scored both Casserly and Lambert.
Cincy’s Warkentin drove in the University of Central Florida’s Dallas Beaver with a run in the top of the sixth to pull the Steam within one run, 5-4, in the second game, but Xenia’s Landon Williams, a right-handed junior from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, retired the Steam in order in the seventh to preserve the win.
Roddy led the Scouts with two hits in three at-bats, with three runs batted in.
Of the remaining 13 GLSCL regular season games on the Scouts’ schedule, 11 of them are at Grady’s Field in Xenia. The Scouts host the Lima Locos at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, July 15, then again at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday, July 16. The entire league will take a couple days off for the July 18 all-star game at Prasco Field in Mason, then Xenia returns to Grady’s Field for a Thursday July 20 doubleheader with the Southern Ohio Copperheads (5:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. game times), then they’ll take on the Copperheads for a single-game contest at 7:05 p.m. Friday, July 21.
Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123