XENIA — Three Xenia Scouts came away with a win during Wednesday night’s Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star Game at Grady’s Field, and two others lost.
The South All-Stars — with Xenia Scouts Tad Sobieszczanski, Nick Land and Lucas Hamelink — scored three runs in the second inning, then tagged on insurance runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings to claim a 6-1 win over the North All-Stars at Grady’s Field on the Athletes In Action Sports Complex.
Scout players Andrew Carrillo and Jordan Stading were on the North squad. As the host team in the nine-team GLSCL, Xenia split its representation among both squads.
Lake Erie, Grand Lake, Licking County and Lima made up the North squad, along with Carrillo and Stading.
Hamilton, Cincinnati, Lexington and Southern Ohio composed the South team, with Sobieszczanski, Land and Hamelink.
The South roughed up Lake Erie’s Brian Ghiselli for three runs on four hits in the second inning. Lexington’s Jess Staples singled, reached third on T.J. Braff of Southern Ohio’s double, then scored on Hamilton Joe Sean Kettering’s single to left. Staples also scored on Kettering’s single, Braff then came across the plate on a fielder’s choice groundout and then Cincinnati’s Brian Bien scored Wright State product and Steam teammate Jason DeFevers from third on a sacrifice fly.
Hamilton’s Nate Lynch scored in the fifth for the South, on Staples’ infield single.
Fellow Hamiltonian Kettering launched a solo home run over the left center field fence to make the score 5-1 in the South’s favor. Kettering then scored the sixth run of the contest for the South in the eighth. He reached base on an errant throw, stole second base, advanced to third on a groundout by Hamilton teammate Zach Hummel, then Xenia’s Sobieszczanski scored Kettering from third with an RBI single into left field.
With his 2-for-3, 2 RBI performance with a home run and two runs scored, Kettering was the unanimous choice as the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Scout fans were seeing double in the top of the second inning.
Sobieszczanski, wearing the Scouts’ dark jersey, had reached first base with a single to center. His Xenia teammate, Jordan Stading was playing first base in the light blue Scouts jersey for the North team at the time, and so there were two Xenia Scouts at first base — one on offense, and the other playing defense.
Sobieszczanski led the Scouts hitters with his 2-for-4, one RBI performance. Stading went 1-for-2 and was caught trying to steal second. Carrillo was hit by a pitch thrown by Jacob Banks of the Hamilton Joes, and eventually scored. He struck out in his only other at-bat of the game.
Land held the South scoreless in his inning of work in the third, giving up two hits; and Hamelink retired both Northern batters he faced in the seventh.
Xenia (17-17) finds itself in sixth place in the 9-team league. With five games left on their schedule, the Scouts are four games out of first place, and 2 1/2 games in front of the eighth-place Lake Erie Monarchs, whom they’ll face on Sunday and Monday in Flat Rock, Mich.
The Scouts then play a pair of games in Newark, against the Licking County Settlers before closing out their regular season Thursday at home with the Settlers. The Scouts’ final home game will be a 7:05 p.m. start.
The GLSCL’s Play-In playoff game, between the league’s eighth- and ninth-place teams,s will also take place at Grady’s Field. That game is set for 4 p.m.