Xenia splits doubleheader with Settlers


By John Bombatch - jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com



Xenia Scouts third baseman Brandon Wilson Jr. (left) nearly collides with catcher Ben Closson as the two go after a foul ball in the second inning of Thursday’s Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball game at Grady’s Field, on the Athletes in Action Sports Complex grounds.

Xenia Scouts third baseman Brandon Wilson Jr. (left) nearly collides with catcher Ben Closson as the two go after a foul ball in the second inning of Thursday’s Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball game at Grady’s Field, on the Athletes in Action Sports Complex grounds.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

Brett Williams fouls off a pitch in the fourth inning of the Xenia Scouts’ June 13 home game against the Licking County Settlers. The two teams split a doubleheader at the AIA Sports Complex’s Grady’s Field in Xenia.


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Xenia Scouts manager Bubba Cates argues a first-inning balk call with the home plate umpire as starting pitcher Justin Rasmussen listens in, June 13 at Grady’s Field. Rasmussen was called for the balk on a pick-off attempt at second base.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

XENIA — Members of the Licking County Settlers were throwing a football around during Wednesday’s rain delay. The weather for Thursday’s June 13 Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball game felt like football weather, as the Settlers and host Xenia Scouts split a doubleheader at Grady’s Field.

With the wind whipping around and the temperatures dipping into the low 50s, Thursday’s wind chill felt like … November.

Xenia won the seven-inning opener by a 3-2 score. Licking County played some long ball in Game Two to claim an 8-3 win.

The doubleheader split leaves the Settlers alone in second place in the GLSCL South division with a 5-4 record, while Xenia is now 4-5 and in a three-way tie for third.

Xenia’s Timothy Watkins pitched his best game of the season for the Scouts to win the first game. Watkins, a sophomore lefthander from Florida’s Polk State College, struck out 15 Licking County batters to nab the win.

Wayne State’s Hunter DeLanoy scored Xenia’s first run on a passed ball, and Steven Saunders came home on Will Acuff’s single in the first inning. Pitcher/designated hitter Allan Goodwin reached base on a third-inning called third strike, and later scored on an infield out for the Scouts’ third run of the opening game.

The Settlers scored a pair of runs in the seventh on Cael Baker’s two-run double, but came up short of the rally.

Game Two saw Licking Valley score first, with outfielders Konner Dodge and Turner Hill both scoring on a Baker double into deep center field. The Settlers never trailed in the second contest.

Xenia drew within a run of the lead when Kody Canclerz singled to center to score DeLanoy from third in the third inning. Logan Matson scored on a Saunders single in the fifth, and DeLanoy scored on a Saunders infield out for the Scouts’ other two runs.

Aside from the two-run start in the first, Licking County plated a run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and two more in the top of the seventh for the final 8-3 second-game margin. Miami University product Nate Stone hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning for the Settlers.

Xenia heads south to Cincinnati Western Hills’ McLeary Field for a 7:05 p.m. Friday June 14 contest against the Cincinnati Steam, while the Settlers head west to take on the Richmond Jazz.

The Scouts’ next home game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 against the Lake Erie Monarchs.

Xenia Scouts third baseman Brandon Wilson Jr. (left) nearly collides with catcher Ben Closson as the two go after a foul ball in the second inning of Thursday’s Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball game at Grady’s Field, on the Athletes in Action Sports Complex grounds.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/06/web1_MissedFoulBall_PS.jpgXenia Scouts third baseman Brandon Wilson Jr. (left) nearly collides with catcher Ben Closson as the two go after a foul ball in the second inning of Thursday’s Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball game at Grady’s Field, on the Athletes in Action Sports Complex grounds. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Brett Williams fouls off a pitch in the fourth inning of the Xenia Scouts’ June 13 home game against the Licking County Settlers. The two teams split a doubleheader at the AIA Sports Complex’s Grady’s Field in Xenia.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/06/web1_X12Foul_PS.jpgBrett Williams fouls off a pitch in the fourth inning of the Xenia Scouts’ June 13 home game against the Licking County Settlers. The two teams split a doubleheader at the AIA Sports Complex’s Grady’s Field in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Xenia Scouts manager Bubba Cates argues a first-inning balk call with the home plate umpire as starting pitcher Justin Rasmussen listens in, June 13 at Grady’s Field. Rasmussen was called for the balk on a pick-off attempt at second base.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/06/web1_BalkArgument_PS.jpgXenia Scouts manager Bubba Cates argues a first-inning balk call with the home plate umpire as starting pitcher Justin Rasmussen listens in, June 13 at Grady’s Field. Rasmussen was called for the balk on a pick-off attempt at second base. John Bombatch | Greene County News

By John Bombatch

jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com

Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123. You can follow the Xenia Scouts online at xeniascouts.com .

Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123. You can follow the Xenia Scouts online at xeniascouts.com .