XENIA — The Xenia Scouts are playing so well right now, that when the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League named its All-Star teams, the Scouts had guys on BOTH teams.
It’s true. Xenia (17-17 overall, and currently on a league-best four-game winning streak) has players on both teams. But the team’s hot streak is not the reason they’ll be in both dugouts.
As Scouts General Manager John Henschen explains, it has more to do with Xenia being the GLSCL’s All-Star Game host.
“There’s nine teams in the league this year,” Henschen said, “And so the league asked us if, since we were the host team, if we would mind splitting our players to play on both teams. So of course we said ‘yes!’”
Scouts infielders Jordan Stading and Andrew Carrillo will be in the North team’s dugout, while Xenia outfielder Tad Sobieszczanski, and pitchers Nick Land and Lucas Hamelink will be across the way playing for the South squad.
So Wednesday’s All-Star Game has the possibility of a Scout vs. Scout matchup.
Stading is currently batting .333 this season. The University of Houston third baseman is tied with Luke Ortel and Michael Staudinger for the team lead in triples with three thus far this season, and has driven in eight runs.
Carrillo is also batting .333. He leads the Scouts with nine stolen bases, and hails from Azusa Pacific University.
Hillsdale College’s Sobieszczanski is third on the team in batting average with a .307 mark, and he’s second (behind Conner Combs’ and Michael Staudinger’s 11) in RBIs with 10.
Land, of Hendrix College, is second on the Scouts in pitching wins (3) and currently has a 1.98 ERA.
Hillsdale hurler Hamelink leads Xenia in strikeouts with 29 and is fourth on the squad in ERA with a 2.74 mark.
Hamelink and Sobieszczanski are college teammates as well as Xenia Scout teammates. Both will be on the South All-Star roster, too.
The All-Star Game will take place at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Grady’s Field.
GRADY’S WEATHERPROOF FIELD: One reason the GLSCL is playing the game at Grady’s Field, here in Xenia, was because of its ability to withstand rainy weather.
Case in point: Sunday’s game was briefly halted because of a very heavy deluge of rain. But thanks to Grady’s synthetic turf field, play resumed roughly eight minutes later.
SCORCHING SCOUTS: Xenia has been on a bit of a hot streak lately. In the team’s last five games, they’ve collected 56 hits, have a team batting average of .330, three home runs, and 40 runs batted in. They won four of those five contests, including the last four games they played before the break.
Pitchers Conner Menez, Tyler Taute, Aaron Alexander and Hamelink have earned run averages at or below 1.50. Menez limited Cincinnati to two hits over five innings of work on Sunday, to record the win.
“We have good momentum on the mound and offensively, too, right now,” said Xenia assistant coach Matt Richter after Sunday’s 9-1 win over the first-place Cincinnati Steam. “The benefit of this (All-Star) break is that it will get our pitchers rested up and back in sync. And the hitting really comes back to what (manager) Bobby Randall has been preaching to them all summer. Guys are trying to hit line drives. If they were trying to hit home runs, you’d see a lot more strikeouts, and you’re not seeing that from this team right now.”
Luke Ortel and Clayton Brandt both hit two-run home runs in Sunday’s win over the Steam. Tyler Taute also has a home run this season for the Scouts.