LCCC Varsity Softball Team
Pictured (Left to right): First Row - Courtney Keeler, Alyssa Beckett, Larisa Kerik, Payton Regal, Mackenzie Seidl Standing - Molly Andrejcak, Jaden Spondike, Faith Hamilton, Kortlynn Jameson, Ashlee Aliff, Marissa Brigger, Casey Amato
Head Coach: Bill Matthews
Home Playing Field
Victory Sports Park
7777 Victory Ln,
North Ridgeville, OH 44039
Commodore Softball Skills Camp
June 14-15 - 9:30 a.m. to Noon
For ages 10-18
Learn the basic and advanced skills associated with the sport of softball. We will break down hitting, throwing, pitching, and catching techniques. Campers will be grouped according to age.
Interested in Joining the Team?
News & Announcements
May 12, 2022 – – Despite a difficult season following a four-year hiatus due to low interest and the pandemic, LCCC softball has a postseason accolade to hang their hat on in freshman Casey Amato who was named to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Second Team All-OCCAC this week.
“Casey played well throughout the season,” said head coach Bill Matthews, now in his third year at the helm of the LCCC softball team. Matthews was hired in 2019 but 2022 was the first year his team could take the field due to COVID-19.
Amato (Elyria, OH/Oberlin HS) played in 22 games this season and led the Commodores in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and was second on the team in hits and RBI.
“She led the team in hitting, settled in and took over centerfield,” said Matthews. “She’s had a great attitude all season and dedicated herself to improving. She has a bright future ahead of her!”
In the Commodores first win of the season (their first victory in over four years), Amato scored the game winning run on a Marissa Brigger (Brunswick, OH/Brunswick HS) hit against Owens Community College. LCCC upset the NJCAA DIII No. 5 Express on April 23, 2022, 5-4, with Amato going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and one RBI.
In seven games this year, she record multiple hits for the Commodores and in two contests recorded four hits in a single game. The first came on April 27, 2022, Amato went 4-for-4 against Delta College with two runs scored, two extra base hits, and two RBI. Two days later against Clark State Community College in the Commodores second win of the season, she went 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs and two RBI in the 13-9 victory.
Amato is a sport management major at LCCC.
This week’s Lorain County Community College SUBWAY MARKETPLACE Athlete of the Week for May 1-7, 2022 is Faith Hamilton.
Hamilton pitched seven innings over three contests in the Commodores losses to Bryant & Stratton College last Wednesday and Owens Community College in the NJCAA Region XII Championships last weekend. Hamilton had two hits against Bryant & Stratton College and drove in three runs with a two-run blast over the left field wall, her second of the season.
Hamilton has been one of the Commodores most consistent hitters this season, hitting .308 with 12 RBI and two home runs. Over the last 11 games of the season, Hamilton reached base safely in nine games. She leads or is tied for the team lead in at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, and RBI.
Courtney Keeler is this week’s SUBWAY MARKETPLACE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK for the week of April 24-30, 2022. The Commodores shortstop went recorded 13 hits in eight contests including three multi-hit games back-to-back-to-back. Keeler also smacked two doubles and had a triple with four stolen bases.
Keeler is batting .318 with 14 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .366. Keeler got off to a slow start this season (5-for-31), but in her last nine games she has started to lock in at the plate with 16 hits in her last 34 at-bats.
Keeler is a 2021 graduate of Buckeye High School where she had a 3.8 GPA, was a member of the Scholar Roll and winner of the Academic GPA Award. In addition to her participation in sports for the Bucks, Keller was a part of numerous extracurricular activities including: Stand By Me, Student Council, and HUDDLE.
Casey Amato is the LCCC SUBWAY MARKETPLACE Athlete of the Week for the week of April 17-23, 2022. Amato helped the Commodores get their first win of the season as the Elyria native scored the game winning run for LCCC in their 5-4 win against NJCAA DIII No. 5 Owens Community College.
Amato scored in the top of the seventh inning against the Owens Express to give the Commodores a 5-4 lead. With Amato on base, Marissa Brigger reached base on an Owens error and Amato raced home.
This season, Amato is tied for most hits on the team with 12 and leads the Commodores in batting average with .353. Twice this season, she has logged back-to-back multi-hit games for LCCC this season, six runs scored as well as six runs driven in.
April 30, 2022 – – Lorain County Community College softball picked up their second win of the season with a 13-9 victory over the Clark State Community College Eagles. The Commodores went 1-3 in the weekend series, playing games one and two on the campus of Wright State University on Friday and returning to Victory Sports Park on Saturday for games three and four.
In Friday’s victory, the Commodores scored 13 runs, their highest total of the season. Payton Regal (Wellington, OH/Wellington HS) picked up her second win of the season. She struck out four batters with no walks in seven innings of work. Regal also drove in a pair of runs and had three hits on the afternoon.
LCCC was down five runs heading into the fifth inning when they exploded for eight and then scored an additional insurance run in the top of the seventh as Regal kept the Clark hitters at bay. Casey Amato (Elyria, OH/Oberlin HS) and Jaden Spondike (Lorain, OH/Ohio Virtual Academy) both recorded four hits for the Commodores. Spondike had a double and homered for LCCC, driving in a pair of runs.
After falling in the second and third games, LCCC had a chance to tie the series at the end of the fourth game. Trailing by three runs in the sixth, 6-3, LCCC battled back scoring a pair of runs and added another in the bottom of the seventh. However it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback, losing 7-6.
LCCC will travel to Edison State this Tuesday to play the Chargers before taking on Bryant & Stratton this Wednesday at Victory Sports Park to conclude their regular season.
April 29, 2022 – – The Lorain County Community College softball team lost two games in a doubleheader against Delta College Wednesday afternoon, 12-7 and 14-3, despite a dominant performance at the plate by Medina native Courtney Keeler (Medina, OH/Buckeye HS).
Keeler went 5-for-7 with four runs scored with two doubles and triple. Keeler was brought home twice by teammate Casey Amato (Elyria, OH/Oberlin HS) in game one against the Pioneers. Delta scored two runs in the opening frame of game one but LCCC cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the first and then tied it in the third thanks to Amato driving in Keeler both times.
Faith Hamilton (Grafton, OH/Midview HS) pitched all of game one for LCCC, striking out three batters. Payton Regal (Wellington, OH/Wellington HS) started game two striking out a trio of Pioneers hitters in six innings of work.
Game two saw the Commodores take the lead briefly in the third inning thanks to a double by Hamilton that scored Keeler after she led off the inning with a double. Hamilton scored two batters later when Marissa Brigger (Brunswick, OH/Brunswick HS) drove her in to give LCCC a 2-1 lead.
The Commodores take on Clark State Community College this weekend for two double headers against the Eagles. On Friday, LCCC will travel to the campus of Wright State University to play Clark State in a doubleheader starting at 3:30pm and then host the Eagles at Victory Sports Park in North Ridgeville, OH on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
April 25, 2022 – – The Lorain County Community College softball team dropped four out of five contests in three days over the weekend. However, they picked up their first win of the season in style as they defeated the NJCAA DIII No. 5 Owens Community College Express Saturday afternoon, 5-4. With timely hitting, heads up base running, and shut down pitching from Payton Regal (Wellington, OH/Wellington HS), the Commodores secured their first win for the LCCC softball program in over four years. The previous four seasons were cancelled due to the pandemic and low interest.
Regal pitched a complete game against the Express in the win with three strikeouts, no walks, and allowed just three earned runs.
The Commodores opened up the series against the Express losing both games of a doubleheader on Friday, 14-0 and 15-1.
On Saturday’s win, LCCC got down 2-0 but then broke through in the third inning with four runs scored thanks to hits from Courtney Keeler (Medina, OH/Buckeye HS), Marissa Brigger (Brunswick, OH/Brunswick HS) and Kortlynn Jameson (Elyria, OH/Elyria HS). After Owens tied it up in the fifth, the Commodores took the lead in the final inning when Brigger reached base on an Owens error and Casey Amato (Elyria, OH/Oberlin HS) scored the game winning run for LCCC on a heads up base running play from the freshman.
On Sunday afternoon, the Commodores faced the Edison State Chargers in a doubleheader and found themselves with a big lead in game one. They came out the gates and scored three runs in the top of the first and held the Chargers scoreless for three innings. The hits kept coming for LCCC as they scored a run in the third and fourth innings to build a 5-0 lead. However, Edison chipped away at the Commodore lead by scoring a run in the fourth inning and then tying the game on a grand slam in the fifth. The Chargers added five more runs in the seventh to take a 10-5 lead and secure the win, 10-6.
The Commodores had 14 hits in game one, with Larisa Kerik (Marblehead, OH/Danbury HS), Faith Hamilton (Grafton, OH/Midview HS), Jaden Spondike (Lorain, OH/Lorain Virtual Academy), Amato and Brigger all having multi-hit games. Brigger had three hits and four RBI in the first contest.
Payton Regal started in game one and cruised through the first four innings, striking out one batter. Faith Hamilton relieved Regal in the seventh. LCCC fell in game two against Edison, 13-3.
Pictured: Faith Hamilton pitches against Bryant & Stratton College Friday afternoon at Victory Sports Park in North Ridgeville, OH.
April 18, 2022 – – The Lorain County Community College softball team lost two games against Bryant & Stratton College Friday afternoon, 8-3 and 9-6.
The Commodores were boosted by the play of Faith Hamilton (Grafton, OH/Midview HS). Not only did she get work done in the circle but she was also a threat at the plate. She went 4-for-7 and scored three runs with an RBI. She went the distance for the Commodores in game one pitching 7.0 innings and had three strikeouts while allowing five earned runs. Payton Regal (Wellington, OH/Wellington HS) got the start in game two, going 5.0 innings pitched before exiting the game in the sixth inning to a leg injury after taking a scorching line drive off the shin. Hamilton relieved Regal and retired the side with a pair of strikeouts.
The Commodores led briefly at the end of three innings in game two thanks to a Courtney Keeler (Medina, OH/Buckeye HS) double that scored two runs. Casey Amato (Elyria, OH/Oberlin HS) scored Keeler from second on the next at bat to give LCCC at 5-4 edge over the Bobcats. The lead would be short lived as the Bobcats would strike for three more runs in the top of the fourth while the Commodores could only muster a single run the rest of the way, a two-out single by Hamilton scoring Larisa Kerik (Marblehead, OH/Danbury HS) after she doubled two batters earlier.
The Commodores will travel to Lakeland Community College this Wednesday at 3:30pm to take on the Lakers in another Ohio Community College Athletic Conference match up.
April 10, 2022 – The Lorain County Community College softball team came up short against the Lakeland Lakers Sunday afternoon, falling 13-3 in game one and 9-1 in game two.
Payton Regal (Wellington, OH/Wellington HS) pitched for LCCC in game one striking out one and walking one batter. Regal had made it through the first four innings allowing only four runs to the Lakers as the Commodores trailed by just one heading to the fifth. But Lakeland removed all doubt scoring nine in the fifth inning to take a commanding lead that the Commodores were unable to answer.
Alyssa Beckett (Medina, OH/Buckeye HS) and Casey Amato (Elyria, OH/Oberlin HS) had multi-hit games for LCCC and Jaden Spondike (Lorain, OH/Ohio Virtual Academy) scored two runs in game one.
Faith Hamilton (Grafton, OH/Midview HS) got the start in game two. After getting through the first two innings unscathed, Lakeland erupted for six runs in the third while Beckett drove in the Commodores only run of the game scoring Amato.
March 20, 2022 – – The Lorain County Community College softball team played their first games of the 2022 season falling to Hocking College in back-to-back double headers over the weekend. The first double-header was played at Victory Sports Park in North Ridgeville, Ohio on Friday while the second took place at Sports Force Park in Sandusky, Ohio the following day. It was the first softball game played by LCCC after a four-year hiatus due to low interest and the COVID-19 pandemic.
LCCC nearly took their first game after battling the Hawks for seven innings trailing by only a run. The Commodores loaded the bases in the seventh inning but failed to get a run home to send the game into extras, losing 1-0.
Payton Regal (Wellington, Ohio/ Wellington HS) pitched all of game one on Friday and did some relief in game two. In her first start of the season, she struck out 10 batters and allowed only a solo home run in seven innings of work with only one walk. For the series, Regal got it done in the batter’s box as she also had a double and triple.
Unfortunately, things did not get better for the Commodores as they couldn’t get any offense going in game two, falling 11-0. Saturday’s windy and rainy conditions in Sandusky made problems worse for the Commodores in the field negating the 17 runs they scored on the day, losing 19-8 and 17-9.
Faith Hamilton (Grafton, Ohio/Midview HS) provided most of the offense for the Commodores over the weekend, going 6-for-12 with a double, triple, and three runs scored. Also logging a few extra base hits was Jaden Spondike (Lorain, Ohio/Ohio Virtual Academy) with a double and triple with a pair of walks. Alyssa Beckett (Medina, Ohio/Buckeye HS) also hit a pair of doubles for the Commodores.
LCCC will travel to Lakeland Community College this Friday to take on the Lakers in a double-header for their first taste of conference play. Games will start at 3:30 p.m.