Schoolcraft Cools Off Commodores, 10-2 and 10-1

Nate Colbert

by Ken Hoffman

Schoolcraft College scored in 10 of 12 innings to sweep the Lorain County Community College baseball squad, 10-2 and 10-1, in Livonia, MI, on Monday, April 23.  Each team collected 17 hits in the doubleheader, but the Commodores couldn’t take advantage of their scoring opportunities while the Ocelots made the most of their hits.

In the opener, Schoolcraft sprinted out to a 6-0 first inning bulge on three hits, three walks and two LCCC errors.  It was 8-0 before LCCC scored a run in the third and another in the fourth.  The Commodores’ nine hits were led by a pair of hits each from freshman right fielder Noah Henderson, sophomore first baseman Nate Colbert (pictured) and sophomore second baseman Nate Bonacuse. Sophomore pitcher Ryan Danszczak took the loss (0-5).
In the second game, Schoolcraft scored in every inning and opened a 5-0 lead before LCCC managed its lone run of the game in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Colbert, scoring freshman shortstop Jesse Barrios who doubled to start the inning. Colbert provided three singles in three plate appearances, giving him him a five-hit day in six at-bats. He raised his batting average by 35 points to .390. Sophomore center fielder Gavin Taulbee added two singles in two plate appearances.  Sophomore pitcher Dalton Welty was the losing pitcher, evening his record at 2-2.
The Commodores, now 11-14 for the season, will host D-III Region 12 opponent Delta College on Wednesday, April 25, in a 2 pm doubleheader at Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH

Simon and Bene Among National Pitching Leaders; Commodores’ Offense Ranks #12 in NJCAA, D-III


by Ken Hoffman

Lorain County Community College sophomore pitchers Kevin Simon and Nick Bene rank 5th and 22nd, respectively, in the NJCAA, D-III list of best Earned-Run-Averages in the nation.  Further, the Commodores’ offense ranks 12th in the nation.
Kevin Simon
Kevin Simon

Simon owns a 5-0 record.  His five complete games ties him for the most complete games in D-III and his ERA of 0.73 ranks fifth.  The lefty hurler averages 13.14 strikeouts per nine innings, good for eleventh in D-III.  

Nick Bene
Bene is 3-2 with an ERA of 2.20, ranking twenty-second among D-III pitchers.  His 11.62 K’s per nine innings ranks twenty-third.
The Commodores’ bats have been booming with a team batting average of .343 (215 hits in 626 at-bats) which ranks number 12 in the D-III nation. 
Other Top 20 team rankings:
Triples (15) tied for number three
On-Base-Percentage (.444) tied for number 12
Slugging percentage (.486)  number12
Stolen Bases (58) tied for number 13
Individuals among Top 50 in the D-III nation:
Batting Average: Jesse Barrios (Wooster/OH) .444, tied for twenty-sixth
                                Dalton Welty (Fremont/Fremont) .444, tied for twenty-sixth
On-Base-Percentage: Barrios .554, number12
                                        Welty  .528, number 34
Slugging Percentage: Barrios .722, twenty-fifth
                                        Nate Colbert (North Ridgeville/NorthRidgeville) .671, thirty-ninth
Triples:  Barrios 4, tied for number five
               Colbert 3, tied for number 13
               Gavin Taulbee (Grafton/Midview) 3, tied for number 13
Home Runs: Colbert 4, tied for thirty-third
Runs-Batted-In: Colbert 32, tied for number 37
                               Barrios 30, tied for number 44

Simon, Bene Hurl LCCC to Sweep Over Washtenaw CC, 11-1 and 10-0

Kevin Simon

by Ken Hoffman

Sophomore lefty Kevin Simon (pictured) tossed a five-inning three-hitter and sophomore pitcher Nick Bene (pictured below) hurled a six-inning, one-hitter to lead Lorain County Community College to a doubleheader sweep over the Washtenaw Community College club team, 11-1 and 10-0 at The Pipeyard in Lorain, OH, on Saturday afternoon, April 21.

Simon hurled his fifth complete game, allowing just three hits in five innings.  The game was ended by the 10-run rule. His five complete games is currently tied for the most complete games in the nation in NJCAA, D-III. The southpaw notched eight strikeouts while walking two and improved his record to 5-0.  Washtenaw’s run in the fourth inning was unearned, lowering Simon’s earned-run-average (ERA) to 0.73, currently fifth in the nation in NJCAA, D-III rankings.
Freshman right fielder Noah Henderson produced three singles and a walk, one RBI and scored three runs to lead the Commodores’ nine-hit effort.  Freshman shortstop Jesse Barrios, sophomore center fielder Gavin Taulbee and sophomore first baseman Nate Colbert each drove in a pair of runs.
LCCC knocked in eight runs on seven hits in the fifth inning to break open a 3-1 lead
In the second game, Bene was nearly perfect, allowing just a fifth-inning single over six frames. He fanned nine and walked three while raising his record to 3-2 and dropping his ERA to 2.20, ranking 22nd in the country in NJCAA, D-III.
Bene was supported by nine Commodores’ hits, including three by sophomore third baseman Dalton Welty who was 4-for-6 in the doubleheader. He raised his batting average to .444, tying Barrios for the team lead. 
After one run in the first inning, LCCC crossed the plate five times in the second inning and scored three more runs in the third to open a 9-0 lead. Henderson and Barrios each accounted for two RBI’s. The Commodores added the 10th and final run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Taulbee.
Henderson also managed four hits in six at-bats during the day, raising his average to .383,
LCCC now owns a record of 11-12.  The team travels to Schoolcraft (MI) CC on Monday, April 23, for an NJCAA Region XII, D-III match-up.

Simon, Bene, Barrios and Colbert Among NJCAA, D-III Leaders; Commodores’ Hitting Ranks in Top 15; Pitching Among Top Half of Teams

The Baseball team lineup
by Ken Hoffman
Lorain County Community College baseball is well-represented in this week’s NJCAA D-III national baseball rankings.
Sophomore pitcher Kevin Simon has established himself as one of the top D-III hurlers in the nation.  Simon is tied with two other pitchers for 2nd place with four complete games. Marco Becerril of Coastal Bend (TX) leads the D-III nation with five complete games.  Simon’s Earned-Run-Average of 0.84 ranks 6th in D-III, allowing just three earned runs in 32 innings pitched.  His 4-0 record is tied for 22nd and his 12.94 strikeouts per nine innings ranks 17th.
Sophomore pitcher Nick Bene is tied for 17th with two complete games pitched.  His 11.12 strikeouts per nine innings ranks 39th.   Bene owns a 2.78 ERA, good for 40th, allowing just seven earned runs in 22.2 innings.
The Commodores’ top hitter is freshman shortstop Jesse Barrios with a .441 batting average, ranking 35th in D-III.  When you factor in players who have played in at least 20 games, Barrios ranks 14th.  His .541 on-base percentage is 19th; 8th among players with at least 20 games to date.  Barrios owns a slugging percentage of .721 which ranks 28th; 15th among players with at least 20 games.  His four triples is tied for fourth in the nation.
Sophomore outfielder/first baseman Nate Colbert is tied for 28th with four home runs.  He ranks 38th with a .671 slugging percentage.
As a team, LCCC hitters rank 14th in the nation with a strong .336 batting average.  The team is in the top 10 (10th) among teams that have played a minimum of 20 games.
As a pitching staff, the Commodores rank 41st with 8.60 strikeouts per nine innings and 23rd among teams playing at least 20 games.
LCCC’s next game is Saturday, April 21 vs. Washtenaw (MI) CC at The Pipeyard in Lorain at 1 p.m.

JIMMY JOHN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK for the Week of April 9-15, 2018

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Jesse Barrios batting

JESSE BARRIOS (5’11”Freshman from Wooster (Home Schooled))
Jesse earns LCCC Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row for his performance. He went 15 for 23 (.652 batting average!) with 8 runs scored, 10 RBIs, 5 doubles, 1 homerun, and a walk in LCCC’s games last week, leading the team to 3 wins in 6 games against OSU Mansfield, Westmoreland, and CCAC Boyce. Jesse is the youngest of seven kids (two brothers and four sisters) in his family and his “super” mom homeschooled all of them. He started playing baseball when he was 5 years old and considers it the hardest sport to master the skills. Jesse drives from Wooster to LCCC every day, an hour commute, in order to save money towards his goal of going to a 4 year school. He is majoring in Sports Management. Congratulations on a great week Jesse!

CCAC — Boyce Quiets LCCC Bats; Commodores Lose Twice, 6-3 and 12-5

Noah Henderson

by Ken Hoffman

One day after spraying 36 hits in a double victory at Westmoreland, the Lorain County Community College baseball bats were stifled by the pitching of Community College of Allegheny County — Boyce as the Commodores — entering Sunday’s games with a .341 batting average (ranked tied for 9th in NJCAA, D-III) — were limited to 14 hits in losing twice at Boyce, 6-3 and 12-5.

In the first game, LCCC scored two runs on three hits in the first inning and another run on two hits in the second frame to take a 3-1 lead.  But those would be the last hits for the Commodores in the first game.  Sophomore third baseman Dalton Welty and sophomore second sacker Nate Bonacuse each delivered RBI singles to open the game.  Freshman center fielder Noah Henderson doubled home a run in the second inning to give LCCC the two-run advantage.
Boyce made it 3-2 in the fifth and won it in the sixth inning with four runs on four hits.
LCCC opened a 5-1 lead after three at-bats in the second game on two RBI singles from Henderson, an RBI single by freshman shortstop Jesse Barrios, and RBI doubles from sophomore first baseman Nate Colbert and sophomore left fielder Kevin Simon.  
But Boyce bounced back with a big bottom of the third inning, scoring seven runs on seven hits and two LCCC errors.  Bonacuse pitched the complete game for LCCC, allowing 12 runs on 12 hits, but only three earned runs.
Henderson, Welty and Colbert each hit safely twice, accounting for six of the Commodores’ nine hits.
Barrios is still hitting .441, ranking 31st in NJCAA, D-III.  The team is now batting a strong .333; 15th in the NJCAA, D-III rankings.
LCCC has cancelled Monday’s game at Schoolcraft (MI) CC.  It could be made up on Wednesday, April 18, weather permitting.  The next scheduled action after Wednesday is a 1 p.m. home doubleheader with Washtenaw (MI) CC at The Pipeyard in Lorain, OH.

Commodores Explode For Seven Runs in the Final Inning to Defeat Westmoreland, 13-12;  Rally For Six in the Seventh Inning of Game Two to Complete the Sweep. 15-14.

Jesse Barrios
by Ken Hoffman
The Lorain County Community College baseball sluggers erased a 10-6 deficit going into the seventh and final inning of the first game by scoring seven runs on seven hits and a critical passed ball to earn a 13-12 victory in a slug fest that featured 36 total hits — 18 by each team — at Westmoreland County (PA) Community College on Saturday, April 14.
The Commodores strung together five consecutive hits, including RBI singles from freshman third baseman Richard Vandervort, freshman outfielder Justin Ciccone, freshman outfielder Noah Henderson, and a two-run double by sophomore catcher Tyler LaGuardia that put LCCC in front, 11-10.  Henderson and Barrios scored the final two runs on a passed ball with two outs.
Henderson relieved starter and winning pitcher Dalton Welty to get the final out of the game — and the save — after WCCC had scored twice in the bottom of the seventh and had the potential tying run on second base.
Freshman shortstop Jess Barrios (pictured) led an 18-hit attack with four singles and three RBI’s in five trips to the plate.  LaGuardia went 3-for 4, including his double and two RBI’s.  Sophomore outfielder Nate Colbert tied the game at 1-1 with with a home run — his fourth in the last two games — leading off the top of the second inning.
In the second game, WCCC erupted for six runs in the first inning to take a 6-1 lead.  But LCCC used a pair of six-run innings of its own to secure the win.  The Commodores scored a half-dozen runs in the third inning to tie the game at 9-9.  Then, trailing 14-9 in the seventh inning, rallied for six more to take a 15-14 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Henderson pitched the final inning and struck out the last two batters with two runners on base, earning his second save of the afternoon.
 Barrios again led the hitting, going 5-for-5, including three doubles and four RBI’s (9-for-10 with seven RBI’s in the doubleheader).  Benacuse turned in a 3-for-5 performance with a triple, a double and a single with two RBI’s. Ciccone accounted for three RBI’s with a two-run single and a ground out. Sophomore DH Kevin Simon collected three singles in three at-bats — plus a walk — with an RBI.  The Commodores outhit Westmoreland, 18-13, in the second game and amassed 36 hits during the twin-bill. 
The Commodores — who compiled 36 hits in 75 plate appearances on Saturday and have scored 42 runs in their last three games — have raised their team batting average to .341 which ranks tied for 10th in the nation (NJCAA, D-III).
LCCC’s won-lost record is now 9-10.  The Commodores go to CCAC-Boyce on Sunday for a noon doubleheader.

Simon Tosses One-Hitter and Commodores’ Bats Boom in Doubleheader Split at OSU-Mansfield

Kevin Simon
by Ken Hoffman
The Lorain County Community College baseball squad nearly swept two games at OSU-Mansfield on Thursday, April 12, but settled for a split behind sophomore Kevin Simon’s complete-game, one-hitter in the opener, winning 3-1.  LCCC led the second game in the 5th inning, 9-5, behind a power-hitting attack — including four home runs in the first five innings — before OSU-Mansfield stormed back to claim the nightcap, 14-13.
Simon struck out 13 and walked just two in his seven-inning gem.  Mansfield’s only hit was a single in the fourth inning and the second-inning run was unearned.  Simon now owns a 4-0 record, all complete games.  His four complete games ranks second-best among all pitchers on the 97 teams in the NJCAA, D-III.  
Sophomore catcher Tyler LaGuardia tied the game at 1-1 with a solo home run in the top of the third and sophomore third baseman Dalton Welty blasted what turned out to be a game-winning two-run homer in the sixth inning following a single from sophomore DH Ryan Danszczak.  LCCC outhit Mansfield, 7-1.
The Commodores then raced out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the second inning of game two behind a pair of two-run round-trippers from freshman shortstop Jesse Barrios and sophomore first baseman Nate Colbert.  LCCC belted six home runs in the game — three by Colbert, accounting for seven runs-batted-in — but OSU-Mansfield won the slug fest, 14-13.  Colbert was 4-for-4 in the game with a total of eight RBI’s. Freshman center fielder Noah Henderson and sophomore second baseman Nate Bonacuse both added homers for the Commodores, giving LCCC eight home runs in the doubleheader.
LCCC outhit Mansfield, 17-10 in the nightcap (24-11 in the two games).  In addition to Colbert’s four hits, Danszczak collected four hits with an RBI in five at-bats, Berrios went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s and Henderson was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  The Commodores’ 24 hits in the twinbill raised the team’s batting average to a lofty .318, ranking tied for 22nd in the nation in D-III.
LCCC is 7-10 this season and will travel to play at Westmoreland County (PA) CC on Saturday, April 14, and CCAC (Community College of Allegheny County) (PA) — Boyce on Sunday, April 15.  Both doubleheaders start at noon.

JIMMY JOHN’S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK for the week of April 2-8, 2018

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Jesse Barrios

JESSE BARRIOS (5’11”Freshman from Wooster (Home Schooled)
Jesse went 10 for 22 for an outstanding batting average of .454 this week in LCCC’s six games against Schoolcraft College, Butler CCC, and OSU Mansfield. He scored 8 runs, had 11 RBI’s, 3 doubles, 3 triples, 3 stolen bases and 3 walks along the way! Jesse is the #2 batter in the lineup and plays one of the most difficult position as short stop. He was home schooled and is a true freshmen. Jesse’s favorite movie is “Inception”, his favorite artist is “Lecrae” and his favorite food is lasagna. He enjoys hanging out with friends and spending time with his nieces and nephew. Great job Jesse!

Simon, Bene Remain Among NJCAA D-III Pitching Leaders; Commodores Rank #29 Among 97 D-III Teams With .307 Team Batting Average



by Ken Hoffman
Sophomore pitchers Kevin Simon and Nick Bene remain among the statistical pitching leaders this week in the NJCAA D-III national rankings, while the team batting average of .307 ranks 29th among the 97 D-III teams (moving up from 40th last week).
Simon has pitched three complete games to date, ranking #2 in the nation (tied with eight others). Only one pitcher among the 97 baseball schools in D-III has more complete games ( five by Marco Becerril of Coastal Bend, TX).  Bene is tied for 11th with two dozen other hurlers with two complete games.
Simon also ranks 6th in the D-III nation with an ERA (earned-run-average) of 1.08.  His ERA ranks 3rd among pitchers with 25 or more innings pitched.  Simon has allowed only three earned runs in 25 innings. Bene is 42nd with a 2.78 ERA.  His ERA ranks 26th among pitchers who have tossed 20 or more innings.  Bene has permitted only seven earned runs in 30 innings pitched.
Simon and Bene are also among the national leaders in strikeouts per nine innings.  Simon ranks 25th with a lofty 11.88 strikeouts per nine innings (33 strikeouts — and 13 walks — in 25 innings) while Bene is listed 37th with 11.12 K’s per nine innings (28 strikeouts — and nine walks — in 22.2 innings).  As a team, the Commodores rank 29th in the country with 9.28 strikeouts per nine innings.
The Commodores’ .307 team hitting average is paced by sophomore Ryan Danszczak who is batting .390.  Sophomore Dalton Welty is second on the team with a .381 average.  The other top hitters are sophomore Gavin Taulbee, .361; freshmen Jesse Barrios and Justin Ciccone, each hitting .333; and sophomore Nate Colbert, .326.
LCCC travels to OSU-Mansfield for a 1 p.m. doubleheader this Thursday, April 12.