2013 Lakeland Community College Baseball Team
Front Row: Matt Wheeler, Sean Mancino, Anthony Connacher, Blaine Lang, Mike Sutkaytis, Bobby Dragon
Middle Row: Antonio Dozier, Giancarlo Saia, Anthony Paone, Matt Davidson, Aaron Bledsoe, Andrew Dito, John Gora, Justin Webb, Anthony Labondano, Zach Popely
Back Row: Derek Rose, Manny Garcia, Wil Shortreed, Mason Wisner, Matt Clarke, Brandon Easton, Brian Kusey, Jake Stauffer, Matt Hamons
NOTE: Baseball Sets Open Tryout Date for August 26
The defending Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) champion Lakeland baseball team will hold open tryouts on Monday, August 26 at 5 p.m. on the baseball field. In order to try out, students must be enrolled in classes for the fall semester and must have a valid physical on file with athletic trainer Julie Phillips.
For more information contact coach Howie Krause at Howie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 11, 2013 | Shortreed Named Second Team All-American by NJCAA
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Player of the Year Wil Shortreed (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake HS) has been named a Second Team All-American by the NJCAA after a strong sophomore campaign. Shortreed is just one of 36 NJCAA Division II baseball players to earn All-America honors and is the only selection out of the OCCAC. He was also the highest rated position player in Region 12.
He becomes the sixth Laker all-time to be named All-American and fourth under 12th year head coach Howie Krause.
Shortreed was selected as the top player in the conference by opposing coaches and earned All-Region 12 honors after guiding the Lakers to a shared OCCAC title and Region 12 Tournament appearance in 2013. The third baseman posted a .402 average in 127 at-bats, recording 51 hits, 35 RBI, 32 runs, and 12 doubles in his final season with Lakeland.
Lakeland Baseball All-Americans
Wil Shortreed (INF), Second Team, 2013
Kyle Schaffer (C), Third Team, 2007
Aaron Cone (C), First Team, 2003
Chris Steinborn (P), First Team, 2002
Kurt Snyder (OF), First Team, 1993
Tim Szalay (DH), Second Team (Division I), 1987
Click here for a complete list of the 2013 NJCAA Division II Baseball All-Americans.
June 8, 2013 | Easton Selected by Minnesota Twins in MLB Draft
KIRTLAND, Ohio – Freshman pitcher Brandon Easton (Pymatuning Valley, Ohio) became the first Laker since to 2009 to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft when he was picked in the 24th round by the Minnesota Twins on Saturday afternoon. The hard-throwing lefty was pick No. 710 overall and was the 24th selection by the Twins.
In his lone season at Lakeland Easton was named Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) pitcher of the year. He went 3-1 in league play with a 1.89 ERA, allowing just seven earned runs in 33 innings of work. In just his second career start, Easton struck out 17 in seven innings of work against North Central Missouri College. He also recorded double-digit strikeouts against Sinclair Community College (11) and Cuyahoga Community College (10) to finish the season with 78. He finished 22nd in the nation in strikeouts 78 and was selected to the All-Region 12 team at season’s end.
Easton marks the first Lakeland baseball player to be drafted since Ryan Dennick and Steve Junker were selected by the Kansas City Royals and Colorado Rockies, respectively, in 2009. Dennick is currently playing for the Cincinnati Reds AA affiliate in Pensacola, Florida.
Star Beacon Article | Twins Complete Draft Results
May 20, 2013 | Shortreed and Easton Garner All-Region 12 Honors
KIRTLAND, Ohio – Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) player of the year Wil Shortreed and Pitcher of the Year Brandon Easton each added a regional honor to their growing list of postseason accolades when they were named to the All-Region 12 team over the weekend. Shortreed and Easton helped guide the Lakers to a shared conference title for the first time since 2004 and automatic berth in the Region 12 tournament. It was Lakeland’s first regional tournament appearance since 2008.
The duo becomes the first Lakers to be named all-region since Kyle Shaffer in 2008.
Lakeland ended the year 22-24 overall and 14-10 in OCCAC play. The Lakers erased a three-game deficit over the final weekend of league play with a four-game sweep of visiting Owens to secure a co-championship.
May 7, 2013 | Lakers Sweep All-Conference Awards After Championship Season
KIRTLAND, Ohio – The conference co-champion Lakeland baseball team led the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) with five all-conference selections including the coach of the year, pitcher of the year, and league MVP.
Howie Krause, now in his 12th year leading the Lakeland baseball program, was named OCCAC Coach of the Year after helping the Lakers erase a three-game deficit entering the final weekend of play to claim their first spring title since 2004. Sophomore Wil Shortreed was tabbed conference MVP while freshman Brandon Easton was selected OCCAC Pitcher of the Year. It is the second straight year the league MVP has come from Lakeland after sophomore Todd Queener won the award in 2012.
Sophomores Matt Wheeler and Mason Wisner as well as freshman Tony Connacher also earned all-conference nods, giving Lakeland a conference-best five selections.
Shortreed was top-5 in the conference in nearly every offensive category. The Westlake, Ohio native led the OCCAC in average (.412) and was second in hits (28) and RBI (22).
He also tied for the league lead in doubles with eight. The sophomore third baseman hit a pair of home runs and scored 20 runs while starting in all 24 games for LCC.
Easton posted a conference-best 1.89 ERA and went 3-1 in five starts for the Lakers. The freshman left-hander allowed just 22 hits in 33.1 innings pitched and finished second in the OCCAC with 38 strikeouts. He posted double-digit strikeouts two times in conference play with ten at Cuyahoga and 11 at Sinclair. Earlier in the year the Pymatuning Valley, Ohio native fanned a career-high 17 while allowing just three hits in a complete-game victory over North Central Missouri College.
Wheeler recorded a team-best 86 at-bats as a sophomore outfielder, hitting .326 with 21 runs and 11 RBI as the lead-off man. The New Philadelphia, Ohio native was tied for the conference lead in homers with three to go along with five doubles and four stolen bases.
Wisner hit .307 with 14 RBI and 11 runs in his final season with LCC. The Bay Village, Ohio native started in all 24 conference games at first base and finished with 23 hits, four doubles, and a triple.
Connacher made an immediate impact as a freshman left fielder, hitting .329 and driving in 20 runs in his first collegiate season. The Parma, Ohio native posted six doubles and a team-best 16 walks in league play while swiping three bags.
April 30, 2013 | Lakers Crowned Conference Co-Champions, Earn Automatic Bid to Regionals
KIRTLAND, Ohio – Entering the final weekend of conference play, the Lakeland baseball team trailed first place Sinclair by three games. The conference standings were turned upside down after Cuyahoga swept four games from Sinclair and Lakeland took the first two in a four game set with Owens over the weekend.
Heading into Tuesday’s regular-season finale, the Lakers knew they needed two more wins to clinch a share of the OCCAC title. After holding on for a 5-4 win in game one, Lakeland left no doubt in a 9-2 victory in the nightcap.
The Lakers, who held the tie-breaker based on run differential, return to the Region 12 Tournament for the first time since 2008 and will be the top seed out of the south when play begins next week.
Game One – Lakeland 5, Owens Community College 4
Lakeland scored five runs with two outs in the bottom of the third inning then went to their ace down the stretch to hold off Owens in the opener.
Giancarlo Saia and Wil Shortreed hit back-to-back doubles with two runners on to give the hosts a 4-0 advantage before Wisner followed with an RBI double of his own to stretch the lead.
The Express got to starter Matt Davidson in the top of fifth, scoring three runs to trim the deficit to two. Matt Hamons took the mound to open the sixth inning but issued three straight walks to load the bases without an out before giving way to John Gora, who looked to stop the bleeding in a rare relief appearance. The sophomore ace did just that, inducing a double-play and a ground out to end the inning with just a single run allowed and the lead intact.
After the Lakers went scoreless in the sixth, Gora struck out the side in the top of the seventh on 11 pitches to inch Lakeland closer to a share of the OCCAC title.
Game Two – Lakeland 9, Owens Community College 2
Owens jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Lakeland responded with a run in the bottom of the second to pull even.
Sophomore Matt Wheeler led off the third inning with a home run to left field to give the Lakers their first lead of the game at 2-1. One inning later, Andrew Dito led off with a stand up triple before Mike Sutkaytis laced a single down the third base line to double the advantage.
The Express got one back in the top of the fifth to pull within a run, but Giancarlo Saia countered with a home run to deep center field and Bobby Dragon roped an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-2.
Freshman Brian Kusey, who was stellar all afternoon, retired the side in order in the top of the sixth, setting the stage for a four-run sixth inning for the hosts.
Wheeler led off the inning with a double before eventually scoring. Wil Shortreed and Mason Wisner also came around to score before Matt Hamons scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-2.
Kusey took care of the rest, inducing a game and series-ending fly out to left field and setting off a celebration on the mound.
The conference title is the first for Lakeland since the fall of 2008, when the OCCAC played a split-season schedule. It is the Lakers first championship in the spring since 2004. Lakeland's first round opponent has yet to be determined but will be the No. 6 seed out of Michigan. The Lakers will open regional play at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8 on Nichols Field.
North District/Region 12 Championship Schedule
April 27, 2013 | Lakers Take Two from Owens, Move Two Wins from Shared OCCAC Title
KIRTLAND, Ohio – After a 7-1 win in game one, Lakeland used a seventh inning rally to take game two from Owens 5-4 and pull within range of a shared conference title for the first time since the fall of 2008. Cuyahoga swept four games from Sinclair over the weekend and sit atop the OCCAC standings at 14-10. The Lakers, 12-10 in the league with two more games against Owens still to play on Tuesday afternoon, hold the tie-breaker over the Challengers and would receive an automatic bid to the regional tournament if the tie sides finish with identical 14-10 records.
Lakeland improved to 6-0 against Owens on the season with Saturday’s sweep. The Lakers have had success against the Express over the past two seasons (12-3 record) and can finish off an eight game sweep with two more victories on Tuesday.
Game One – Lakeland 7, Owens Community College 1
John Gora moved to 5-2 on the season behind ten strikeouts. The sophomore pitcher scattered four hits and allowed just one run over seven innings of work to hold the Express at bay for the second time this year.
Wil Shortreed led the offesnse with a pair of doubles and three RBI while Matt Wheeler chipped in three runs and three walks in the victory.
Game Two – Lakeland 5, Owens Community College 4
Owens took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning and moved within three outs of ending Lakeland’s championship aspirations before the hosts rallied for two runs to deliver a victory in walk-off fashion.
Sophomores Mason Wisner and Giancarlo Saia contributed three RBI and two runs, respectively, to fuel the Lakers. Brandon Easton picked up his third win of the season on the mound, fanning seven and allowing three hits in a complete-game effort.
Lakeland and Owens are back it on Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m. in what will be the conference-finale for both teams.
April 22, 2013 | Baseball Goes 1-3 at Conference-Leading Sinclair
XENIA, Ohio – Defending Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) champion Sinclair CC took three of four from Lakeland for the second time this season to seize control of the conference title race over the weekend. Sinclair leads both Lakeland and Cuyahoga by three games entering the final weekend of conference play before the sub-regional tournament.
The league champion receives an automatic bid to the Regional Tournament while the other three teams, along with Vincennes University, will compete in the double-elimination sub-regional tournament to determine the second and final spot.
In the final weekend of action in the OCCAC, Lakeland hosts Owens while Cuyahoga welcomes Sinclair on Friday and Saturday.
Game One – Lakeland 5, Sinclair Community College 14
Andrew Dito led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI in the setback. Gincarlo Saia added an RBI and a run for Lakeland (16-19, 9-7 OCCAC).
John Gora suffered the loss for just the second time this season, falling to 4-2 on the year.
Game Two – Lakeland 6, Sinclair Community College 7
The Lakers took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning and were well on their way to evening the series in game two before Sinclair rallied for three runs to force extra innings. Once again Lakeland responded, this time by putting two runs on the board in the top of the eighth to move within three outs of the victory for the second straight inning. The hosts countered with three more runs to cap the comeback.
Matt Wheeler, Andrew Dito, and Wil Shortreed each recorded three hits for the Lakers. Wheeler drove in three runs from the leadoff spot while Dito continued his strong day with another run and RBI. Starter Brandon Easton allowed four runs (one earned) and struck out 11 in 6 1/3 innings. He suffered the no decision in the game while Antonio Dozier took the loss.
Game Three – Lakeland 7, Sinclair Community College 5
Bobby Dragon and Matt Hamons combined for four RBI while Matt Davidson picked up his second win in as many starts to power Lakeland to a win in extra innings Saturday afternoon.
Mike Sutkaytis and Giancarlo Saia each contributed two hits for the Lakers.
Davidson went seven strong innings, allowing five runs and striking out six before handing the ball off in the bottom of the eighth. Matt Hamons earned his first save of the season after holding Sinclair scoreless in the final inning.
Game Four – Lakeland 2, Sinclair Community College 3
The Tartan Pride continued the theme of the weekend, rallying for a 3-2 victory in the series finale with after trailing 2-1 through five and a half innings.
The Lakers posted just four hits but were able to score twice behind RBIs from Tony Connacher and Giancarlo Saia. Connacher and Andrew Dito registered Lakeland’s only runs.
Brian Kusey suffered the loss despite allowing just two earned runs. The freshman right-hander scattered seven hits over six innings and struck out two on the afternoon.
April 13, 2013 | Davidson, Easton Power Lakeland Baseball at Tri-C
PARMA, Ohio – Freshman starters Matt Davidson and Brandon Easton each threw complete-game victories to power Lakeland to a pair of conference wins at Cuyahoga on Saturday afternoon. Easton improved to 2-3 on the year while Davidson picked up his first collegiate win.
Game One – Lakeland 13, Cuyahoga 1 (5 Innings)
Tony Connacher and Wil Shortreed drove in four runs apiece to provide more than enough support for Davidson, who fanned four batters and allowed just one earned run in the win.
Shortreed finished 3-for-3 at the plate while scoring three runs himself. Lakeland recorded 13 runs on 15 hits, finishing with double-digits in both categories for the third straight game.
Game Two – Lakeland 1, Cuyahoga 0
Brandon Easton stymied the Challengers all day long, allowing just two hits and striking out 10 in the victory. Matt Wheeler scored the game’s only run in the top of the fifth inning to help the Lakers even their overall record to 15-15 and improve to 8-4 in OCCAC play.
April 10, 2013 | Baseball Splits with Tri-C in Offensive Showcase
PARMA, Ohio – Lakeland and Cuyahoga combined for 49 runs over two games on Tuesday afternoon in a pair of Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) games. Lakeland moves to 13-15 overall and 6-4 in league play. The two sides will meet again this weekend to wrap up the season series.
Game One – Lakeland 13, Cuyahoga Community College 4
Freshman pitcher Brian Kusey earned his first collegiate win after throwing a complete-game three-hitter to propel the Lakers. Kusey allowed four runs (two earned) and fanned three in seven innings to earn his first decision of the year.
Andrew Dito led the offensive with three RBI while Mason Wisner scored three runs in the victory.
All nine starters recorded hits, part of a 15-hit attack for the OCCAC’s second place team.
Game Two – Lakeland 11, Cuyahoga Community College 21
The Challengers used a nine-run first inning to erupt for 21 runs and salvage a split with a victory in game two. Matt Hamons and Andrew Dito each went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs in the loss.
Lakeland will host Cuyahoga beginning on Friday in a four-game series on campus.
April 6, 2013 | Sinclair Hands Lakeland Baseball First OCCAC Losses of the Season
KIRTLAND, Ohio – The reigning Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) champions visited Lakeland over the weekend and took three of four in a matchup of the league’s top two teams. Lakeland (12-14, 5-3 OCCAC) moves into second place after the four game series with a large portion of the conference schedule still remaining.
Game One – Lakeland 3, Sinclair Community College 0
Sophomore pitcher John Gora (pictured) shined with a complete-game three hitter to get Lakeland a crucial win in game one on Friday afternoon. Gora struck out six to improve to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in OCCAC play.
Tony Connacher scored and drove in a run to propel the Lakeland offense. Sophomore Justin Webb added an RBI and a run in the victory, Lakeland’s fifth straight to open conference play. The Lakers did all their damage in the third inning as Mason Wisner recorded the other RBI and Wil Shortreed scored the hosts other run.
Game Two – Lakeland 2, Sinclair Community College 7
Sinclair salvaged a split on day one behind a three-run third inning and ten strikeouts from Tyler Sexton. Lakeland’s Tony Connacher and Giancarlo Saia each scored on RBIs from Shortreed and Bobby Dragon.
Brandon Easton dropped to 2-2 on the year after allowing eight runs (six earned) in six innings of work.
Game Three – Lakeland 2, Sinclair Community College 7
The Tartan Pride opened day two with another 7-2 victory, breaking open a 2-2 game with three runs in the top of the fifth and holding the Lakers scoreless the rest of the way. Matt Davidson struck out seven and scattered six hits in defeat.
Matt Wheeler and Giancarlo Saia each scored as part of a two-run first inning for the hosts. Lakeland took a 2-1 lead into the third before Sinclair found the game-tying run. The visitors finally took the lead in the fifth and extended the advantage with two more runs in the top of the seventh.
Game Four – Lakeland 2, Sinclair Community College 7
Sinclair was able to take the series with another 7-2 victory in the finale on Saturday afternoon. Matt Wheeler headlined the Lakeland offense with three hits on the day.
Sophomore Matt Hamons suffered the loss after allowing five runs in just over three innings of work.
Lakeland returns to action on Tuesday (April 9) for a double-header against OCCAC-foe Cuyahoga beginning at 4 p.m.
April 4, 2013 | Connacher Earns First Player of the Week Honor from OCCAC
The Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) has named Tony Connacher and Skylar Lund as the OCCAC Player of the Week recipients in baseball and softball, respectively.
Connacher, a freshman outfielder who helped the Lakers sweep four games from Owens Community College last weekend, hit 7-for-12 (.583) in those four games, while adding three doubles, three walks, one triple and eight RBIs.
Lakeland is 11-11 overall and 4-0 in the OCCAC, which puts them alone in first place in the conference standings.
Connacher's .517 average leads the team. He is 31-for-60 with five doubles, one triple, 12 RBIs, nine walks, seven strikeouts and six stolen bases. He has a .597 on base percentage and a .633 slugging percentage.
March 30, 2013 | Lakers Open Conference Play, Take All Four Games from Owens
PERRYSBURG, Ohio – Lakeland baseball opened Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play in perfect fashion by sweeping a weekend series at Owens on Friday and Saturday afternoon. The Lakers’ pitching staff was effective all weekend long as the starters put together three complete games and the offense supplied late runs in three of the four victories.
Lakeland (11-11, 4-0 OCCAC) will take on Potomac State on Wednesday (April 3) in the home opener before a crucial weekend series with conference-foe Sinclair.
Game One – Lakeland 5, Owens Community College 4
Lakeland scored four runs in the top half of the seventh inning to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead before eventually winning by a single run to open the series. Sophomore ace John Gora went the distance on the mound, allowing one earned run and striking out three to remain unbeaten on the year.
Freshman Tony Connacher went 2-for-4 at the plate, his 10th multi-hit game of the season, with a run and an RBI. Giancarlo Saia drove in a pair while Matt Hamons scored twice in the win.
Game Two – Lakeland 7, Owens Community College 3
The Lakers broke open a 3-3 game with another four-run seventh inning in game two Friday night. Giancarlo Saia went 2-for-4 with two doubles while Matt Hamons added two hits, two RBI, and two stolen bases in the victory.
Brandon Easton picked up his first collegiate win after allowing three unearned runs and striking out six in a complete-game effort.
Game Three – Lakeland 8, Owens Community College 6 (9 Innings)
Owens scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings and answered Lakeland’s run in the top of the eighth with one of their own as the two sides entered the ninth inning deadlocked at five. Picking up right where they left off on Friday, the Lakers scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to pick up an 8-6 victory.
Wil Shortreed went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored while classmate Andrew Dito added three hits and two runs in the win. Matt Davidson struck out three in 7.2 innings of work but suffered the no-decision. He handed the ball off the Blaine Lang in the eighth inning and the sophomore did his job en route to his second win of the year.
Game Four – Lakeland 15, Owens Community College 4 (Five Innings)
After three close games the Lakeland offense erupted four 15 runs for a runaway victory in the series finale. The Lakers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before surrendering three runs and the lead in the bottom of the second. A 13-run third inning left no doubt and provided more than enough support for sophomore pitcher Matt Hamons.
Hamons fanned 11 batters in just five innings, allowing four runs on three hits for his first win of the season.
March 20, 2013 | Lakers Surrender Late Run in Loss to Marietta
MARIETTA, Ohio – Visiting Lakeland leveled the game at six in the top of the ninth inning with a single run but surrendered the game’s deciding run in the bottom half of the inning to suffer a 7-6 loss to Marietta JV on Wednesday afternoon. Lakeland stalls at 7-11 overall as it prepares for its first conference series of the season at Cuyahoga CC on Friday.
Giancarlo Saia went 2-for-5 at the plate with a homerun and a double while Mason Wisner added three hits on the afternoon. Saia finished with three RBI and a pair of runs scored while Tony Connacher, currently tied for 12th nationally with a .500 batting average, clubbed two more hits and scored twice.
Wisner (0-2) took the loss on the mound after allowing two earned runs in 4.2 innings of work.
March 18, 2013 | Baseball Finishes 6-6 in Spring Training
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Lakeland baseball team split 12 non-conference games over the course of seven days, moving its overall record to 7-10 as it prepares for the first Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) meeting of the season this weekend. The Lakers travel to Parma to take on Cuyahoga for four games beginning Friday (March 22) at 4:00 p.m.
March 16 (Game Two) – Lakeland 5, Genesee Community College 6
Lakeland rallied from a 4-0 hole with five runs in the top of the sixth before allowing Genesee to regain the lead for good with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Giancarlo Saia and Tony Connacher had two hits apiece while Matt Hamons struck out seven in just over five innings on the mound.
March 16 (Game One) – Lakeland 16, SUNY Adirondack 1
Lakeland’s bats came alive in the final day of games in the form of 16 runs on 16 hits against SUNY Adirondack. Wil Shortreed homered and drove in the two in the victory while Mason Wisner plated four and scored three runs with two hits on the day.
Manny Garcia went the distance on the mound for his first collegiate victory.
March 15 (Game Two) – Lakeland 12, John Wood Community College 10
The Lakers put a halt to their five-game slide with a 12-10 win over John Wood CC. Matt Hamons led the way with three RBI, a triple, and a stolen base while four others posted multi-hit games. Freshman Aaron Bledsoe hit a two-RBI triple before eventually scoring.
Antonio Dozier allowed two hits and one earned run in three innings of relief en route to the victory.
March 15 (Game One) – Lakeland 3, Lackawanna College 4
Lakeland dropped its second straight game in walk-off fashion as Lackawanna scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to key the victory. Brandon Easton suffered the loss despite allowing just three earned runs and striking out six.
Giancarlo Saia homered in the setback to go along with a double, two RBIs, and two runs scored.
March 13 (Game Two) – Lakeland 3, Brunswick Community College 4
Brunswick Community College scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk off with a victory after trailing by three entering their final at-bats. The Lakers came within three outs of picking up the victory before the hosts put together the game-winning rally.
Mason Wisner, Giancarlo Saia, and Tony Connacher each recorded two hits in the setback while starting pitcher Matt Davidson struck out six in 6 1/3 innings.
March 13 (Game One) – Lakeland 5, No. 8 Spartanburg Methodist 16
Spartanburg Methodist, ranked eighth nationally in NJCAA Division I, scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a close game and pick up the non-conference victory over the Lakers. Lakeland jumped out to an early advantage and carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the second before Spartanburg put four runs on the board to seize control.
Trailing 8-3 in the top of the sixth, Lakeland plated two to pull within three before the hosts responded with their biggest inning of the day.
Wil Shortreed went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI while Tony Connacher continued his strong showing in Myrtle Beach with a hit and two runs scored.
Blaine Lang struck out five and allowed three earned runs in the loss.
March 12 (Game Two) – Lakeland 6, Florence-Darlington Tech 7
Lakeland nearly rallied for a split in game two, all but erasing a big deficit with four runs in the top of the seventh to inch within a run but was not able to pull level in the game’s final at-bat.
Freshman Derek Rose went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI while classmate Tony Connacher added two hits and a run to pace the offense.
Mason Wisner dropped to 0-2 on the season despite tossing a complete-game on the mound. Wisner allowed 11 hits and five earned runs in six innings of work.
March 12 (Game One) – Lakeland 2, Florence-Darlington Tech 9
Florence-Darlington Tech put a halt to Lakeland’s four-game win streak with a victory in Florence, South Carolina on Tuesday afternoon. Wil Shortreed went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBI and double while Tony Connacher, Mason Wisner, and Giancarlo Saia each recorded hits for the Lakers.
Freshman Jake Stauffer suffered the loss in his second collegiate start.
March 10 (Game Two) – Lakeland 10, Lackawanna College 2
Lakeland completed the sweep for the second straight day behind Giancarlo Saia’s four RBI effort at the plate. The sophomore transfer posted multiple hits for the fourth straight game, this time going 3-for-4 and coming within a homerun of completing the cycle.
Sophomores Justin Webb, Matt Hamons, and Sean Mancino each scored twice while Webb and Mason Wisner drove in two apiece.
Matt Wheeler went the distance on the mound to improve to 1-0 on the young season. Wheeler allowed just two hits and one earned run through seven innings of work.
March 10 (Game One) – Lakeland 9, Northampton Community College 3
Bobby Dragon went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored to help propel Lakeland to its third straight victory. The Lakers posted three runs in the top half of the first inning for an early advantage, helping freshman starter Matt Clarke (1-1) earn his first collegiate victory.
Clarke scattered six hits over four innings, allowing three runs and striking out two before Matt Davidson tossed three innings of scoreless relief to keep Northampton at bay.
March 9 (Game Two) - Lakeland 4, North Central Missouri State 3 (13 Innings)
The Lakers outlasted NC Missouri St. in 13 innings to sweep day one behind Brandon Easton’s strong outing on the mound. The newcomer struck out 17 batters over seven innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) on three hits before handing the ball off to Blaine Lang to open the eighth. Lang struck out four and allowed one unearned run through six innings before LCC scored the game winning run in the top half of the 13th inning.
Giancarlo Saia went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI to pace the offense.
March 9 (Game One) – Lakeland 15, Delaware Tech 0
Sophomore Mason Wisner went 3-for-3 with a career-high six RBIs and classmate Giancarlo Saia drove in four and scored twice and the Lakeland offense overpowered Delaware Tech in the opener. Lakeland jumped out to a 5-0 lead through the first two innings, providing more than enough run support for sophomore John Gora, who improved to 2-0 with a complete-game shutout.
Gora allowed just three hits while striking out five in six innings of work.
Tonny Connacher was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with three runs scored and an RBI while Justin Webb, Antonio Dozier, and Wil Shortreed added a pair of runs each.
March 4, 2013 | Lakeland Baseball Goes 1-4 in Tennessee to Open Season
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – The Lakeland Community College baseball team opened the 2013 season with a 1-4 showing over the weekend, picking up the win in their first game of the year before dropping four straight. The Lakers will take their annual spring trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Friday (March 8), where they will play a large portion of their non-conference schedule during the week.
March 1 (Game One) - Lakeland 5, Parkland College 1
Lakeland’s ace John Gora picked up right where he left off as a freshman, blanking Parkland through six innings to pick the win in his first outing of the year. Gora allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out five before handing the ball off to sophomore Blaine Lang to start the seventh inning. Lang allowed one unearned run the rest of the way en route to his first save of the season.
Freshman Tony Connacher went 3-for-4 at the plate with a run and an RBI while leadoff man Matt Hamons scored twice. Bobby Dragon and Wil Shortreed each drove in one while Giancarlo Saia added a run for the Lakers (1-0).
March 1 (Game Two) - Lakeland 0, Southeastern Community College 9
Southeastern CC jumped ahead early with two runs in the bottom half of the second inning before adding four in the fourth to take control of Lakeland on Friday afternoon. Freshman lefthander Brandon Easton (0-1) took the loss on the mound.
The Lakers scattered five hits over nine innings, with five players recording a single hit each.
March 2 (Game Three) - Lakeland 1, Iowa Central Community College 6
Iowa Central broke open a one run game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull out the victory, dropping the Lakers to 1-2 in the process. Freshman pitcher Matt Clarke (0-1) suffered the loss despite allowing just two hits and one earned run over four innings.
Will Shortreed drove in Matt Hamons in the top of the fourth inning for Lakeland’s only run of the afternoon.
March 3 (Game Four) - Iowa Central Community College 11, Lakeland 2
Lakeland fell to 1-3 overall after dropping its second game to Iowa Central in as many days. The Lakers scored once in the bottom of the fifth and once more an inning later but could not hold off the Tritons, who improved to 6-1 with the victory.
Sean Mancino and Matt Wheeler scored the only runs of the day for Lakeland while Mason Wisner and Zach Popely recorded RBIs in the loss.
March 3 (Game Five) - Lakeland 6, Parkland College 7
Lakeland closed the weekend with the same team it opened with but saw a late rally come up just short on Sunday afternoon. Trailing 7-3 heading into their final at-bats of the day, the Lakers scored three times but couldn’t plate a crucial fourth run in the top of the seventh. Freshman Tony Connacher went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored while classmate Anthony Paone came off the bench to drive in two in the loss.
Sophomore Mason Wisner (0-1) took the loss as Parkland jumped out to an early 6-1 lead through the first two innings. Matt Hamons threw two innings of scoreless relief for Lakeland.
May 9, 2012 | Todd Queener Named Conference MVP
KIRTLAND, Ohio – Sophomore outfielder Todd Queener (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) has been named Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Most Valuable Player by the league’s coaches.
Queener, an all-conference selection, paced the team in nearly every statistical category in his final season with the Lakers. The second year outfielder led the team in hits (63), triples (4), runs (31), RBI (33), and batting average (.387). He hit .392 with 31 hits and 20 RBI in 24 conference games this year, helping Lakeland finish second behind nationally-ranked Sinclair.
The Lakers advanced to the final day of the Sub-Regional tournament and found themselves just one win away from a Regional berth before falling to host Tri-C.
2012 OCCAC All-Conference Team
Most Valuable Player - Todd Queener, Lakeland CC
Pitcher of the Year – Corey Johnson, Sinclair CC
April 7, 2012 | Four Lakers Earn All-OCCAC Honors
KIRTLAND, Ohio – After leading the Lakeland baseball team to a second place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC), four Lakers were honored with All-Conference selections. Sophomores Todd Queener (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) and Andy Mitroff (Kent, Ohio / Aurora) and freshmen John Gora (Youngstown, Ohio / Western Reserve Berlin Center) and Gabe Goldsberry (Bluffton, Ohio / Bluffton) each earned their first all-conference selections.
Queener paced the team in nearly every statistical category in his final season with the Lakers. The second year outfielder led the team in hits (63), triples (4), runs (31), RBI (33), and batting average (.387). He hit .392 with 31 hits and 20 RBI in 24 conference games this year.
Classmate Andy Mitroff finished just behind Queener in a number of offensive categories. The third baseman was second on the team in hits (41) and runs (21) and was the team leader in doubles with ten.
Newcomers Gora and Goldsberry were equally as productive in their first collegiate seasons. Gora finished with a 5-3 record while posting a 2.53 ERA. He picked up three conference wins in his inaugural campaign, highlighted by a complete-game shutout at then-No. 12 Sinclair Community College. Gora led the team in strikeouts with 55.
Goldsberry finished with a 5-2 record and added a pair of saves in 11 appearances. The freshman had a 3.94 ERA and struck out 36 batters in just over 45 innings. The duo tied for the team lead in wins and combined to throw 99 innings over the course of the season.
May 7, 2012 | Lakers Come Up Short at Sub-Regional
PARMA, Ohio – After picking up a pair of victories on day one of the Sub-Region XII Tournament, the Lakeland baseball teams fell twice – once on Saturday and again on Sunday – to host Tri-C to finish just one win away from a Regional berth. The Lakers went 2-2 over the weekend and end their season 21-29 overall.
Game One: Lakeland 9, Cuyahoga 1
Gabe Goldsberry (Bluffton, Ohio / Bluffton) tossed a complete game three-hitter to power the Lakers past host Tri-C for the eighth time in nine tries this season. Lakeland opened the Sub-Regional Tournament with a convincing win behind Goldsberry’s solid outing. The freshman allowed one unearned run over seven innings while striking out four.
Sophomore Andy Mitroff (Kent, Ohio / Aurora) provided the spark offensively by driving in four while classmate Todd Queener (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) tallied two runs and two RBI in the victory.
Game Two: Lakeland 4, Owens 3
Andy Mitroff slugged an RBI triple to help LCC finish day one unbeaten. Todd Queener added a double and a run scored while John Gora (Youngstown, Ohio / Western Reserve Berlin Center) picked up the win on the mound. Gora allowed three runs (two earned) while fanning eight in seven innings of work.
Game Three: Lakeland 2, Cuyahoga 5
Meeting for the 10th time this season and needing just one win to advance out of the Sub-Regional, Lakeland put its 8-1 record against the Challengers on the line on Saturday afternoon. Despite not giving up a single earned run, sophomore pitcher Matt Palko (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) was forced to take the loss. Host Tri-C scored five runs on six hits to force the deciding game on Sunday.
Andy Mitroff and Todd Queener supplied the runs for LCC while Jordan Pratt (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) and Mason Wisner (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) logged RBIs.
Sub-Regional Championship: Lakeland 3, Cuyahoga 6
Lakeland’s bats fell silent on Sunday as the visitors recorded just five hits in a season-ending loss to local rival Tri-C. Mitroff, Queener, and Wisner combined to drive in the Lakers’ only three runs, which were scored by Bonilla, Derrick Monk (Elyria, Ohio / Elyria), and Matt Wheeler (New Philadelphia, Ohio / Indian Valley).
2012 NJCAA Region XII Division II Baseball Sub-District Tournament Schedule
May 4-6 hosted by Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus
(Click on the score for a game recap)
Friday May 4
Game 1 - 10:00 am - Lakeland CC defeats Cuyahoga CC 9-1
Game 2 - 12:30 pm – Owens CC defeats Vincennes Univ. 3-2
Game 3 – 3:00 pm* - Cuyahoga CC defeats Vincennes Univ.
Game 4 – 5:30 pm – Lakeland CC defeats Owens CC 4-3
Saturday May 5
Game 5 - 11:00 am – Cuyahoga CC defeats Owens CC 7-1
Game 6 - 1:30 pm* – Cuyahoga CC defeats Lakeland CC 5-2
Sunday May 6
12:00 noon - Cuyahoga CC defeats Lakeland CC 6-3
April 23, 2012 | Baseball Splits With Owens in Regular Season Finale
KIRTLAND, Ohio – Lakeland baseball secured a second-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) after splitting a four-game series with visiting Owens over the weekend. The Lakers will travel to Tri-C on Friday for the first day of the sub-regional tournament with a spot in the Regional Tournament on the line. Lakeland (19-27, 10-14 OCCAC) will face the hosts on Friday morning at 10:00 in the first game of the double-elimination tournament.
Friday Game One: Lakeland 2, Owens 8
Todd Queener (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) and Mason Wisner (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) each went 1-for-3 with a double to pace the Lakeland offense. John Gora (Youngstown, Ohio / Western Reserve Berlin Center) suffered the loss on the mound despite six strikeouts.
Friday Game Two: Lakeland 6, Owens 4
Nick Toth (Medina, Ohio / Hudson) went 1-for-1 with a run and two RBI to help the Lakers draw even after day one. Queener’s only hit of the game came in the form of a triple before eventually scoring while freshman Wil Shortreed (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) added a pair of runs and an RBI in the win.
Gabe Goldsberry (Bluffton, Ohio / Bluffton) improved to 5-2 on the year after throwing 5.2 innings of six-hit ball. Goldsberry allowed four runs and fanned three in the outing before giving way to Wisner, who picked up his third save of the season with 1.1 shutout innings of relief.
Saturday Game One: Lakeland 0, Owens 10
Despite a season-high nine strikeouts from sophomore Matt Palko (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid), the Lakers dropped game one of Saturday’s twinbill. Andy Mitroff (Kent, Ohio / Aurora) and Toth recorded the host’s only hits of the game.
Saturday Game Two: Lakeland 10, Owens 6
Anthony Labondano (Cleveland, Ohio / Vermilion) struck out a career-high eight batters to power the Lakers to a Saturday split. The freshman allowed four hits to improve to 3-5 on the year.
Freshman shortstop Tim Szalay (Euclid, Ohio / Benedictine) powered the offense with a two-run homerun while Queener went 2-for-3 with a run scored and four RBI in the win. Toth and Wheeler each scored twice for the Lakers, who end the regular season with a 19-27 record.
April 15, 2012 | Baseball Sweeps Tri-C in Crucial OCCAC Matchup
KIRTLAND, Ohio – Lakeland baseball rattled off four straight wins over the weekend, capped by an offensive explosion on Sunday afternoon, to improve to 7-9 in the OCCAC and 15-21 overall. The Lakers held Tri-C to just two runs in a pair of games on Friday before erupting for 26 runs in Sunday’s doubleheader to move into second place in the conference standings.
Friday Game One: Lakeland 5, Cuyahoga 2
Sophomore Matt Palko (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) hurled a complete game four-hitter to propel the Lakers past visiting Tri-C on Friday afternoon. Palko allowed two runs (one earned) in seven innings and struck out six to pick up his second win of the season.
Matt Wheeler (New Philadelphia, Ohio / Indian Valley) and Todd Queener (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) each went 3-for-4 at the plate to ignite the Lakeland offense. Wheeler scored twice and drove in one while Queener added two RBI in the win.
Friday Game Two: Lakeland 4, Cuyahoga 0
John Gora (Youngstown, Ohio / Western Reserve Berlin Center) stymied the Tri-C offense with a complete game shutout to help the Lakers take Friday’s nightcap 4-0. Gora fanned seven and allowed just four hits to improve to 4-2 on the season. The freshman moved his ERA to a team-best 1.71 after Friday’s outing.
Freshman Nick Toth (Medina, Ohio / Hudson) drove in two and stole a base while classmates Justin Webb (Parma Heights, Ohio / Valley Forge) and Mason Wisner (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) each recorded an RBI. Andrew Dito (Lorain, Ohio / Amherst) added a walk to a pair of runs for the Lakers, who won for the third time in their last four games.
Sunday Game One: Lakeland 9, Cuyahoga 7
Andrew Dito and Mason Wisner both went yard to power the Lakers past Tri-C in game one of an OCCAC doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. Dito went 2-for-3 with the homerun and a double while Wisner’s only hit of the game came in the form of a three-run shot.
Sunday Game Two: Lakeland 16, Cuyahoga 4
Lakeland erupted for 15 hits in 25 at-bats and scored a season-high 16 runs to bookend a 4-0 weekend. Todd Queener blasted two homeruns and drove in a career-high five while Andy Mitroff (Kent, Ohio / Aurora) added a career-high four RBI in the victory. Matt Wheeler went 3-for-4 with three runs while Andrew Dito and Mitroff both recorded two doubles.
Gabe Goldsberry (Bluffton, Ohio / Bluffton) went the distance on the mound to earn the win.
Lakeland returns to action on Tuesday (April 17) when it welcomes Allegheny South to campus for a non-conference twinbill.
April 10, 2012 | Lakeland Baseball Earns Split at Potomac State
KEYSER, W. Va. – Lakeland snapped a 12-game losing streak by defeating host Potomac State 7-3 in game one of a non-conference doubleheader before dropping game two 10-6. The Lakers sit at 11-21 overall entering this weekend’s series with conference-rival Cuyahoga.
Game One: Lakeland 7, Potomac State 3
Freshmen Nick Toth (Medina, Ohio / Hudson) and Matt Wheeler (New Philadelphia, Ohio / Indian Valley) each drove in three runs to power the Lakeland baseball team to the win. It was a career-high in RBI for both newcomers while classmates Andrew Dito (Lorain, Ohio / Amherst) and Jordan Pratt (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) each scored twice.
Sophomore Todd Queener (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and a stolen base in the victory.
Sophomore Shane Sullivan (Lafayette, Ind.) earned the complete-game victory on the mound, scattering eight hits and striking out seven to improve to 1-1 on the season.
Game Two: Lakeland 6, Potomac State 10
Todd Queener paced the offense by going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored while stealing his team-leading seventh base of the year. Pratt recorded two more hits and drove in a pair in the nightcap. Mason Wisner (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) added an RBI and run in the setback.
Lakeland will open a four-game series with Tri-C on Friday beginning at 1:00 p.m.
April 6-7, 2012 | Baseball Drops Weekend Series to Conference-Leading Sinclair
Shortreed's team-leading third homerun of the season nearly helped Lakeland pull off the upset of first place Sinclair over the weekend.
KIRTLAND, Ohio – The Lakeland baseball team fell to third place in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play following a four-game sweep at the hands of first place Sinclair over the weekend. The Lakers (10-20, 3-9) play a pair of non-conference games on Tuesday and Wednesday next week before hosting Cuyahoga in a pivotal OCCAC series on Friday and Saturday.
Friday Game One: Lakeland 5, Sinclair 10
Andrew Holland (Lorain, Ohio / South View) paced the Lakeland offense after going 2-for-3 with a double, triple, and two RBIs. Andy Mitroff (Kent, Ohio / Aurora) and Shane Sullivan (Lafayette, Ind.) each scored and drove in one while Andrew Dito (Lorain, Ohio / Amherst) added a double and a run in the setback.
Friday Game Two: Lakeland 0, Sinclair 10
Andrew Holland and Todd Queener (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) recorded the only Lakeland hits in Friday’s nightcap.
John Gora (Youngstown, Ohio) earned the start on the mound and struck out four in four innings of work. The freshman allowed six runs (none earned) on just one hit while walking four.
Saturday Game One: Lakeland 6, Sinclair 7
Behind a 3-for-3 effort from Jordan Pratt (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) and homerun from Wil Shortreed (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake), the Lakers nearly pulled off the upset of the first-place Pride. Pratt reached base in all four at-bats and drove in one while Shortreed finished with two runs scored and a pair of RBI.
Andy Mitroff recorded an RBI double and scored twice in the loss while classmate Todd Queener went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Gabe Goldsberry (Bluffton, Ohio / Bluffton) kept the Lakers in the game by striking out a career-high eight in 6.2 innings. The freshman allowed just one earned run on six hits.
Saturday Game Two: Lakeland 1, Sinclair 11
Corey Johnson hurled a no-hitter in the final game of the series to help Sinclair improve to 27-11 overall and 10-2 in conference play.
March 31, 2012 | Lakers swept by Owens in OCCAC action
Saturday Game One: Lakeland 3, Owens 4
Sophomore Todd Queener (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 4-3 loss to host Owens in nine innings Saturday afternoon. The setback ended a three-game conference winning streak for the Lakers, who dropped to 10-11 overall.
Sophomore Andy Mitroff (Kent, Ohio / Aurora) went 1-for-4 with a run scored while Will Shortreed (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) recorded a pair of hits, including an RBI double, in the loss. Sophomore pitcher Matt Palko (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) settled for the no-decision, striking out four and allowing three earned runs over eight innings. Sophomore Mason Wisner (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay) suffered the loss after giving up an unearned run in the bottom half of the ninth inning.
Saturday Game Two: Lakeland 3, Owens 6
Mason Wisner went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs while freshman Tim Szalay (Euclid, Ohio / Benedictine) scored twice and drove in one in a 6-3 loss to Owens in game two of Saturday’s twinbill. Jordan Pratt (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) legged out a triple before eventually scoring in his only plate appearance of the afternoon.
John Gora (Youngstown, Ohio / Western Reserve Berlin Center) went the distance on the mound for the Lakers, allowing six runs on six hits while fanning six.
Sunday Game One: Lakeland 1, Owens 4
Shane Sullivan (Lafayette, Ind. / William Henry Harrison) reached base three times and accounted for Lakeland’s only run in a 4-1 setback to Owens on Sunday afternoon. Sullivan went 1-for-2 but drew a pair of walks to lead the Lakers.
Derrick Monk (Elyria, Ohio / Elyria) went 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk while Todd Queener drove home the sole run.
Gabe Goldsberry (Bluffton, Ohio / Bluffton) suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs over six innings of work despite striking out six batters.
Sunday Game Two: Lakeland 1, Owens 5
Jordan Pratt’s RBI double was the only hit for Lakeland in the final game of the weekend. Todd Queener reached base on a walk before being driven home by Pratt to put the Lakers on the board. Anthony Labondano (Cleveland, Ohio / Vermillion) took the loss in six innings of work, striking out seven and allowing five earned runs on seven hits, while Colton Greathouse (Warren, Ohio / Champion) pitched one inning of scoreless relief.
The Lakers dropped to 10-14 overall and 3-5 in OCCAC play after the weekend and will look to bounce back on Tuesday (April 3) when they travel to the University of Northwest Ohio for a non-conference matchup.
March 5, 2012 | Lakeland opens 2012 campaign with sweep of Guilford Tech
JAMESTOWN, N.C. – The Lakeland baseball team began the spring season on the right foot after sweeping a double-header at Guilford Tech on Sunday afternoon. After Saturday’s twin bill was canceled due to rain, the Lakers improved to 2-0 on the young season by winning 4-1 and 4-3 a day later.
Game One: Lakeland 4, Guilford Tech 1
Sophomore pitcher Matt Palko (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) allowed one run in four innings of work en route to his first win of the year. Palko allowed scattered six hits and struck out two.
Freshman Anthony Labondano (Cleveland, Ohio / Vermilion) struck out five in three shutout innings of relief to pick up the save.
Sophomore Matt Hamons (Willard, Ohio / Willard) went drove in a pair to spark the offense.
Game Two: Lakeland 4, Guilford Tech 3
Sophomore Andy Mitroff’s (Kent, Ohio / Aurora) two-RBI double helped fuel the Lakers in the nightcap. Freshmen Xavier Bonilla (Lorain, Ohio / Amherst Steele) reached base three times, swiping a bag and scoring twice in the win.
Freshman Matt Wheeler (New Philadelphia, Ohio / Indian Valley) picked up the win on the mound while classmate Gabe Goldsberry (Bluffton, Ohio / Bluffton) earned the save.
Baseball trio named to 2011 OCCAC all-conference team
May 2011 -- Congratulations to Matt Palko, Bryce Alumbaugh, and Cody Buchanan for being named to the 2011 OCCAC All Conference Baseball Team.
Alumbaugh played in 34 games for the Lakers. He had 37 hits in 117 at bats for a batting average of .316. He had 9 doubles, 1 triple and led the team in RBIS with 24.
Buchanan played in 31 games this season. He had 28 hits in 105 at bats with a team high of 12 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homerun, and 20 RBIs.
Palko pitched in 44.2 innings this season. He gave up 35 hits, striking out 39 and walking only 14. He allowed 19 runs, only 10 of them earned for an ERA of 2.02.
Palko Pitches a Perfect Game!
The Lakers baseball team is on a roll winning five of their last six games. This past Sunday the Lakers went down the road to Lorain County Community College to continue their conference play. The Lakers swept Lorain winning the first game 10 to 0 and the second 14 to 0. Highlight of the day was Lakeland pitcher Matt Palko who pitched a perfect game. Palko pitched 5 innings facing 15 batters and striking out 8. Coach Krause said “Palko was spectacular, he was pounding the strike zone, had command of his pitches and his off speed was on. It is Palko’s mentality on the mound and his work ethic on and off the field that enabled him to achieve perfection. The strong defense behind Palko helped to place him in this exclusive category of pitchers who have pitched perfect games”. The team goes to Alliance to play Mount Union on Thursday before facing rival Tri-C at home on Saturday. Come out and support your Lakeland Baseball Team!
Fat Cats Re-Sign Joey Stone
Finished seventh in league batting in 2010
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Fat Cats, participating in the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL), the premier baseball league in Canada, have announced the re-signing of Fat Cats outfielder Joey Stone.
The 6-foot-1-inch Orleans resident led the IBL in batting average several times in 2010 and finished his first season with a batting average of .346, which earned him seventh-best in the league.
Stone, 26, is a product of Orleans Little League and represented Team Canada in an exhibition tour in Florida. Later, in 2004, he attended Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, near Cleveland.
“Joey has a major league arm, and he showed us in 2010 that he can hit for average in the IBL,” said Duncan MacDonald, general manager of the Fat Cats. “He will be counted upon to drive in runs for the Fat Cats and cut down opposing base runners who attempt to take the extra base on the base paths.”
The Fat Cats begin their second season in the IBL with their home opener scheduled for May 21 at 7 p.m. against the Kitchener Panthers.
For more information, contact Davyd Balloch at 613-749-2020.
2011 Season Outlook
There are a lot of new faces for the Lakeland Baseball Team this year. Coach Krause has 24 guys on his roster and 15 of those are new to the Lakeland program. Despite the youth, Coach Krause expects these guys to be competitive. He is looking at his returners to take the lead and build off the experience they gained last season. Pitcher, Steven Arvanitis is one of the key returners Coach Krause is looking to find leadership from. Arvanitis was the number one pitcher as a freshman. He had a 7-3 record and the Lakers are looking for him to be just as effective on the mound this year. Ryan Queener is another sophomore that Coach Krause is expecting to get great things out of. Queener batted close to .400 as a freshman. Coach Krause says “Queener brings a great professional approach to the game. He has a great work ethic and plays the game right. These young guys can learn how the game is supposed to be played from him.”
Freshman catchers Cody Buchanan and Mark Vulgamore will be highly counted on to step in and contribute immediately. Coach Krause is looking to them to control the defense and the pitching. They were both highly touted coming out of high school and should make a big impact for the Lakers this year. Lakeland is also expecting great things from freshman pitchers Brian Kusey and Matt Palko. They are young but more than qualified and will be called on from day one.
Brice Alumbaugh, a transfer from State College of Florida will be at shortstop this season. Coach Krause is excited about his solid defense and looks to have him hitting in the middle of the line-up. He has a respect for the game and plays as hard as anyone. Another transfer, Andy Mitroff, red-shirted at Ohio Dominican University last year, but Coach Krause is expecting him to bring a lot to the Lakers. He offers a punch in the middle of the order and will serve as a closer when needed.
Winning the conference is the goal every year and Coach Krause says this team has the ability to reach that goal. They will have to compete on a daily basis. The sophomores will have to continue to build on their accomplishments last year and the freshman will have to mature quickly. This team lacks in experience at the college level but they make up for that in talent. Coach Krause says, “If the pitching can get it done and rise to the occasion they will be competing for the conference title in May.
Keith Haas was a member of the Lakers baseball team after he graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 2002. While at St. Ignatius, Haas was a member of the OHSAA Division I state championship baseball team. Haas was a key player for two years at Lakeland before moving on to play at Division I Indiana University. During his time with the Hoosiers, Haas won second team All-Big Ten and American Baseball Coaches Association & Rawlings All-Mideast Region honors. Haas now works as a broker for All Pro Freight Systems in Avon and still takes part in friendly games with his friends. Congratulations Keith on all your accomplishments.
May 5, 2010 -- At tonight’s Athletic Awards Banquet, these players were given the following accolades for this past season.
Offensive Most Valuable Player - Ryan Queener
Gold Glove Award - Andrew Quiles
Pitcher of the Year - Steven Arvanitis
Ryan Queener was also his team's nominee for Lakeland's Male Athlete of the Year Award.
March 17, 2010 -- There was no luck of the Irish for the Lakers today. The team dropped their double header to Brunswick Community College by scores of 9-6 and 6-2. The Lakers managed only six and five hits respectively. Ryan Queener led the limited offense with three hits, including a double, and three runs scored.
The team has five more games scheduled in South Carolina before heading home.
March 15, 2010 -- The Lakers scored 16 runs on 12 hits in a victory over Montgomery Community College. Nine Lakers collected at least one hit, five players managed eight walks and three opportunists stole five bases in the route.
David Goodgame and Clay Mayor each had four RBI and a home run, while going two for two at the plate. Andrew Quiles and Mykel Rosario each went two for two in stolen base attempts. Pitcher Steve Avanitis gave up three earned runs, in four innings for the win.
In the night cap, the Lakers fell to Lackawanna 11-7. Carlos Guzman and Chase Westphal each collected two hits, and Rosario had four RBI; but the Lakers could not completely capitalize on the eight hits and seven walks that they collected. Pitcher Josh Vandemark struck out six, and gave up five earned runs in five innings, to take the loss.
March 14, 2010 -- The Lakers are opening their season in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They are 2-0 after their opening day of play.
Yesterday, in a 6-5 victory over Monroe Community College, Nate Hamill gave up five earned runs on five hits in five innings and Mike Mock gave up no runs in two innings of relief. They struck out four and two batters respectively. On the offensive side, second baseman Mikel Rosario went two for three with a double and shortstop Andrew Quiles stole two bases, had a hit and a sacrifice fly.
The Lakers had fifteen hits, three home runs and five stolen bases in a 10-2 win over Northampton Community College. Third baseman Chase Westphal went three for three and had two stolen bases; outfielder Ryan Queener was three for four with three RBI and a stolen base; and outfielder Brayan Cacique was three for four with two home runs and four RBI.
Corey Wax pitched six innings, giving up one earned run on seven hits, while Ryan Sanders pitched one inning of relief, giving up one earned run.
The Lakers hope to play ten more games before heading home at the end of the week.
S.T.A.R. Student Athletes: Fall 2009
Congratulations to Dominique Davis, Nate Hamill, Michael Heus, Andrew Quiles and Mikel Rosario who each achieved a 3.0 grade point average or above, during the fall semester, while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours.
OCCAC Honors - 2009
Congratulations to Brian Laznik and Brayan Cacique for being named to the All-OCCAC team.
Congratulations to Ben Detrow, William Couchenour and Kyle Arroyo for being honored as 2009 OCCAC Academic Award Winners.
FORMER LAKERS THAT ARE CURRENTLY PLAYING PROFESSIONALLY
Brad Coon (LCC 2002-03) was drafted in 2005 out of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee by the Los Angeles Angels. This left handed center fielder is currently playing Class AAA ball for the Salt Lake Bees in the Pacific Coast League. In 2007, he was a CAL Mid-Season All-Star and in 2008 batted .306 with 73 runs scored in 85 games. In 2009 he appeared in 119 games and had only one error. At the plate he hit .276 with a .369 on-base percentage and .351 slugging percentage. He had 122 hits, garnering 155 total bases and he stole 23 more. In 2010 Coon requested his release from the Angels organization and has since signed with the Washington Nationals. He is playing in the Eastern League with their AA affiliate, the Harrisburg Senators.
Steve Junker (LCC 2007-08) was drafted in 2009 by the Colorado Rockies out of Bellevue College. This left hander pitches for the Casper Ghosts in the in Rookie Pioneer League. In 2009 he pitched 17 innings in 14 games, striking out 14.
Ryan Dennick (LCC 2007) was drafted in 2009 by the Kansas City Royals out of Tennessee Technical College. This left handed pitcher appeared in three games that season for the Idaho Falls Chukars. He pitched 7.1 innings with six strike-outs and an ERA of 3.68.
FORMER PLAYERS CURRENTLY PLAYING AT FOUR YEAR SCHOOLS
Kyle Shaffer (LCC 2008)-Cleveland State University, Mike Palko (LCC 2008-09)-Coker College, Tucker Gernhard (LCC 2007-08)-Davenport University, Matt Collins (LCC 2008)-Davenport University, Jesse Schneider (LCC 2007-08)-Davenport University, Brian Laznik (LCC 2008-09)-Erksine College, Matt Wantz (LCC 2008-09)-Erksine College, Jesse Yano (LCC 2007)-University of Kentucky, Zach Hatfield (2007-08)-Miami University of Ohio, Manoli Pahoulis (LCC 2008)-University of Pittsburgh.