Steelies get stung

LYNCHBURG, Va. – A day after tossing a pair of pitching gems, including a no-hitter, the Erie Steelheads 17U Prospects was on the other side of that pitching prowess Thursday at Liberty University.

The Steelies dropped a 7-1 decision to the Southern Maryland Sting Gold 17U to move to 2-1 in the Commonwealth Classic. Sting pitcher Seikel limited the Steelies to just three hits over seven innings.

Offensively, the Sting, out of Leonardtown, Maryland, struck for three runs in the second and four more in the fourth.

The Steelies picked up all three hits, and their lone run of the game in the seventh. With one out, Harbor Creek’s Cody Smith singled. Luke Jackson followed with a single of his own that allowed Smith to move to third. Warren’s Mitch Grosch hit a RBI single to short to bring in Smith. Seikel got a fly out and line out to end the game.

Grosch also pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief of Union City’s Jamon Higley. Grosch gave up just one hit and issued one walk with a pair of strikeouts while holding the Sting scoreless. Higley gave up seven runs, five earned, on five hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.

The Steelheads are back at it today when they take on Invaders Baseball 17U at 12:20 p.m. at the University of Lynchburg.