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Pregame lineup set for Joes

Hamilton, Ohio – We’ll have to wait and see what manager Tyler Thamann and his team have in store on the field, but pregame festivities for the Hamilton Joes home baseball game Sunday, July 23, are set.

The Fitton Center for the Creative Arts sponsors the 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Southern Ohio Copperheads at Foundation Field (1140 S. Front Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011).

Ross High School student Luke Niehaus sings the National Anthem prior to the game.

Niehaus - a rising senior - performs throughout Butler County with a variety of theater organizations. He plans to further his musical education and training in college, pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater.

Newly appointed Hamilton High School varsity head baseball coach Josh Sams throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

Sams – a 1995 Hamilton graduate - replaced previous coach Joey Lewis just last month. However, he spent 15 years as a Big Blue assistant before serving as head coach at Middletown Fenwick for the 2023 season.

(In fact, Sams coached several players on the 2023 Joe’s roster, including catcher Curtus Moak, who is coming off his best hitting performance of the season – a 2-for-4 night with an RBI in a 5-3 loss July 16 against the Richmond Jazz.)

The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League plays its All-Star game July 18 at Prasco Park in Mason. The Joes stand third in the South Division race with an 18-15 record, behind the Xenia Scouts (20-13) and the Grand Lake Mariners (17-14).

The Joes have five games remaining, with a chance to make up ground playing road games against the Licking County Settlers (11-21) July 19 and the Cincinnati Steam (14-19) July 20 before a three-game homestand to end the season. The Fitton Center game against the 10-21 Copperheads comes between a July 22 matchup against the Scouts and the season finale against the Mariners July 24.

For the latest on the Joes – including live streams of all their games – please visit

The Fitton Center for Creative Arts is located at 101 S. Monument Avenue on the Riverfront in downtown Hamilton, Ohio.

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