Steam go into all-star break with 16-3 win over Joes
Date: Jul 15, 2018
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Cincinnati Steam is proud to announce six players received recognition for the upcoming Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star game that will be played Tuesday, July 17 at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio.
Steam head coach Ryan Loveless was named the head coach of the South Division team thanks to Cincinnati having the best record in the division going into the voting process on July 9. The Steam’s record was 19-7 which was a half game better than the Southern Ohio Copperheads at 18-7.
Marshall Gei (University of Kentucky) earned the nod as the starting catcher for the South Division. Gei, who is the only Steam player in the starting lineup, is the team’s leading hitter with a .373 batting average. Defensively Gei has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage on 130 chances which is best in the GLSCL. The Georgetown, Kentucky native has also thrown out eight would-be base stealers in 36 attempts.
Cincinnati also has two pitchers selected to compete in the all-star game and each will throw one inning during the game.
Jaylyn Whitehead (Central Florida) has a team-high four victories and a perfect 4-0 record with a 2.39 ERA in five appearances. The left-hander from Ocoee, Florida has 21 strikeouts and just two walks in 26 and 1/3 innings of work.
Jay Wilson (Miami University/Loveland HS) is 2-0 for the Steam in six appearances, four of which are starts, with a 2.91 ERA. In 21 and 2/3 innings, the right hander has struck out 20 batters and given up 10 walks.
The Steam has two positions players that were chosen as reserves and will play as back-ups in the game. Griffin Bernardo (Central Florida) gets the nod at third base and Jake Kates (High Point/Lakota West HS) will be an extra outfielder for the South Division team.
Bernardo is hitting .341 with three home runs and 29 RBI while Kates’ numbers consists of a .333 batting average with four home, 11 RBI and 24 runs scored.
The clear snub during the selection process was Cincinnati first basemen Eddie Pursinger (Dayton/Anderson HS) being named an alternate. Pursinger is batting .350 and is second in the GLSCL in home runs (5), RBI (31) and hits (35) but did not receive enough votes from coaches within the division to earn a spot in the game.
As an alternate, Pursinger is allowed to workout during batting practice but can only play in the game if either starter Griffin Doersching (Hamilton Joes/Northern Kentucky University) or reserve Blake Holub (Southern Ohio Copperheads/St. Edwards University) are pulled because of an injury.
ABOUT THE CINCINNATI STEAM: The Cincinnati Steam has earned a spot in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League playoffs in 10 of its 12 seasons of existence. Three times the Steam has played in the GLSCL championship round including winning the title in both 2008 and 2009.
ABOUT THE GREAT LAKES SUMMER COLLEGIATE LEAGUE: The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate, which is entering its 30th season, is a wood-bat league that is certified by the NCAA and is partially funded by Major League Baseball. The league boasts several players that have earned service time in major league baseball including six former Steam players.