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LCCC Varsity Softball Team

2022 LCCC Softball TeamPictured (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

 

LCCC's NJCAA SOFTBALL HOME PAGE

Head Coach:  Bill Matthews
(440) 309-6938
wmatthsb@gmail.com

Home Playing Field 
Victory Sports Park
7777 Victory Ln,
North Ridgeville, OH 44039

 

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News & Announcements


Softball Announces Fall Practice and Scrimmage Schedule

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LCCC Softball logo

July 21, 2022 – – The Lorain County Community College softball team will be ramping up its fall scrimmages and practice sessions in the coming weeks.  Prospective student-athletes who would like to play softball this season for the Commodores are encouraged to attend. 

Head Coach Bill Matthews, who will enter his fourth season at the helm of the Commodores softball team, announced this week that fall practices will be held on the following Thursdays:  Sept. 15, 22, and 29, 2022.  All three practices will run from 6:45-8:30 p.m.

Fall sessions will also include two scrimmages at Avon High School in the first weekend of October. On Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, the Commodores will take on Bryant & Stratton College starting at 11 a.m. and then face Butler County Community College following the conclusion of the first scrimmage.

The following day on Oct. 2, 2022, the Commodores will be a part of a Breast Cancer Awareness event being held at Cuyahoga Community College on their Parma campus.  The Tri-C Triceratops softball team will be returning to competition in 2023 after a four-year absence due to the pandemic. Game time for that contest has not been determined.


2021-22 NJCAA All-Academic Teams Announced

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Picture of all NJCAA all-Academic winners

Pictured:  (Top row) Caleb Caberera, Devin Cannon, Katrina Lee, Mathew Kirsch, Nina Vlach, Javon Todd, Wynston Johnson (Bottom Row) Kortlynn Jameson, Marissa Brigger, Jaden Spondike, Rocky Houston, Nick Werth, Mason Besserer, Devin Suggs

July 21, 2022 – – 14 student athletes at Lorain County Community College made NJCAA All-Academic Teams this month for their efforts in the classroom during the 2021-22 school year.  To qualify, students must earn a 3.6 GPA or better throughout the entire 2021-22 school year. 

 

NJCAA All-Academic First Team –  4.0 GPA

NJCAA All-Academic Second Team – 3.80-3.99 GPA

NJCAA All-Academic Third Team – 3.60-3.79 GPA

Name

Sport(s)

Hometown

Team

Nina Vlach Women’s Basketball North Ridgeville, Ohio Third
Devin Cannon Women’s Cross Country Brunswick, Ohio Second
Katrina Lee Women’s Cross Country Black River, Ohio First
Grace Morris Women’s Cross Country Vermilion, Ohio Second
Rocky Houston Baseball/Men’s Basketball Grafton, Ohio Third
Wynston Johnson Men’s Basketball Avon, Ohio Second
Mason Besserer Baseball Sheffield Lake, Ohio Second
Nick Werth Baseball Vermilion, Ohio Third
Devin Suggs Baseball Elyria, Ohio Third
Matthew Kirsch Men’s Cross Country Amherst, Ohio Second
Caleb Caberera Men’s Cross Country Amherst, Ohio Third
Marissa Brigger Softball Brunswick, Ohio Third
Jaden Spondike Softball Lorain, Ohio Third
Kortlynn Jameson Softball Elyria, Ohio Second

 

As for cumulative team GPA, the cross country program at LCCC delivered two top-10 finishes in the classroom after a successful running season that featured the men’s squad winning the NJCAA Region XII DIII Championship and the women finishing second (Owens Community College).  Nationally, the men’s team finished 12th amongst NJCAA DIII schools at the NJCAA National Championships last fall in Milledgeville, Ga.

Academically, the women’s cross country team finished with the second-best grade point average in the country with a cumulative 3.75 GPA (Mineral Area College – 3.78).  The men’s cross country team finished with the ninth highest with 3.34 (Monroe College – 3.63).

Also earning a spot on the NJCAA All-Academic team cumulative GPA list was the Commodore softball team with a 3.24 GPA.


Spring 2022 Academic Honors for LCCC Student-Athletes

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LCCC Athletics Logo

June 9, 2022 – – Lorain County Community College picked up some post season awards this week with 20 student-athletes making the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference’s (OCCAC) Academic All-Conference list for the 2022 spring semester. 

Students are required to score higher than a 3.30 GPA while completing 12 credit hours. Bold names listed below indicate a 4.0 GPA.

 

OCCAC All-Academic Spring 2022

Baseball

Mason Besserer (Sheffield Village, Ohio/Brookside HS)

Cody Devos (Bay Village, Ohio/Bay HS)

Rocky Houston (Grafton, Ohio/Keystone HS)

Casey Ison (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst HS)

Tyler Rose (Columbia Station, Ohio/Midview HS)

Devin Suggs (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria HS)

Nick Werth (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion HS)

 

Men’s Basketball

Rocky Houston (Grafton, Ohio/Keystone HS)

Wynston Johnson (Avon, Ohio/Avon HS)

Casey Kelley (Amherst, Ohio/Firelands HS)

Quante May (Lorain, Ohio/Horizon Science Academy)

Javon Todd (Lorain, Ohio/Clearview HS)

 

Women’s Basketball

Nina Vlach (North Ridgeville, Ohio/North Ridgeville HS)

 

Softball

Molly Andrejcak (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake HS)

Marissa Brigger (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick HS)

Kortlynn Jameson (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria HS)

Jaden Spondike (Lorain, Ohio/Ohio Virtual Academy)

 

Cross Country

Caleb Cabrera (Amherst, Ohio/Marion L. Steele)

Devin Cannon (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick HS)

Matthew Kirsch (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst HS)

 

Esports

Matthew Coleman (Lorain, Ohio/Elyria HS)

For Johnson, his spot on the 2022 Spring Academic All-Conference list is the fourth appearance for the Avon native (Fall 2021, Spring 2020, and Fall 2019).

Making their third appearance is Matthew Kirsch of men’s cross country and Nina Vlach of the women’s basketball team. 

 

Nine other Commodore student-athletes earned their second Academic All-Conference honor in the spring of 2022. They are:

Mason Besserer – Fall 2021

Marissa Brigger – Fall 2021

Caleb Cabrera – Fall 2021

Devin Cannon – Fall 2021

Matthew Coleman – Fall 2021

Rocky Houston – Fall 2021

Kortlynn Jameson – Spring 2021

Tyler Rose – Fall 2020

Jaden Spondike – Fall 2021

 

LCCC Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

High Honor Roll

GPA 3.5 or better for Spring Semester

Name

Hometown

Sport

*Mason Besserer

Sheffield Village

Baseball

Caleb Cabrera

Amherst

Men’s Cross Country

*Devin Cannon

Brunswick

Women’s Cross Country

Matthew Coleman

Lorain

Esports

Cody DeVos

Bay Village

Baseball

Rocky Houston

Grafton

Men’s Basketball/ Baseball

Casey Ison

Amherst

Baseball

*Kortlynn Jameson

Elyria

Softball

Wynston Johnson

Avon

Men’s Basketball

*Matthew Kirsch

Amherst

Men’s Cross Country

Tyler Rose

Columbia Station

Baseball

Jaden Spondike

Amherst

Softball

Devin Suggs

Elyria

Baseball

Javon Todd

Lorain

Men’s Basketball

*Nick Werth

Vermilion

Baseball

*Indicates Students with 4.0 GPA

Honor Roll

GPA 3.0 or better for Spring Semester

Name

Hometown

Sport

Ashlee Aliff

Sheffield Village

Softball

Molly Andrejcak

Avon Lake

Softball

Alyssa Beckett

Buckeye

Softball

Madison Blair

Lorain

Volleyball/ Women’s Basketball

Marissa Brigger

Brunswick

Softball

Nathan Cruz

Lorain

Baseball

Mike Flachbart

North Ridgeville

Baseball

Bryce Francyk

Brunswick

Baseball

Avery Harssema

Oberlin

Esports

Austin Isenhart

Elyria

Baseball

Courtney Keeler

Buckeye

Softball

Casey Kelley

Amherst

Men’s Basketball

Kearstyn Marshall

North Ridgeville

Women’s Basketball

Quante May

Lorain

Men’s Basketball

Kobie Parker

Cleveland

Baseball

Ezekiel Rivera

Lorain

Baseball

Taylor Rock

Windsor, Ontario

Softball

Nina Vlach

North Ridgeville

Women’s Basketball


Softball inks OF/P Kyla Bryant from Cloverleaf HS

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Kyla Bryant

May 26, 2022 – – The Lorain County Community College softball team added a pitcher and outfielder this week in Cloverleaf High School’s Kyla Bryant.

Bryant’s experience playing softball spans almost ten years.  She played varsity all throughout her high school career with Cloverleaf and started in 33 out of a possible 58 games.  She batted .158 with an on-base percentage of .323 and pitched a total of 18 innings in her career with the Colts. 

Bryant describes herself as a situational player at the plate and a defensive specialist in the field.  She prides herself on being able to get bunts down to move runners over or reading and reacting on defense to limit the opponent’s offense. 

Her time as a pitcher will come in handy for the Commodores next season.  Depth at pitching was a weakness that LCCC hopes to fix next season to help current pitchers Payton Regal and Faith Hamilton. 

An active student at Cloverleaf, Bryant was part of the DARE mentoring program and intends to study nursing in the LPN program at LCCC.


Softball’s Casey Amato Makes Second Team All-OCCAC

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Casey Amato with OCCAC Logo

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.


LCCC SUBWAY MARKETPLACE Athlete of the Week for May 1-7, 2022

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Faith Hamilton

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.

 

 


LCCC SUBWAY MARKETPLACE Athlete of the Week for April 24-30, 2022

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Courtney Keeler Subway Logo

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. 


LCCC SUBWAY MARKETPLACE Athlete of the Week for April 17-23, 2022

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Casey Amato Subway Logo

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.


Softball Picks Up Second Win Against Clark State

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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.


Softball Drops Two to Delta College

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Courtney Keeler

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.