Barrios & Naida Finish First in NJCAA National Stat Rankings; Baseball Team Wraps Up 2019 Season with Strong Finish

Jared Naida pitching

5/20/19 – – Sophomore shortstop, Jesse Barrios (Wooster/Home School), and freshman pitcher/1B, Jared Naida (pictured; Cleveland/Lakewood), wrapped up the 2019 season at the top of the NJCAA National Leaderboard rankings for Division III. Barrios’ .505 batting average and Naida’s 0.67 ERA ranked them both first in their respective categories. Domenic Fleming (Columbia Station/Midview) and Damion Coleman (Niles/Niles McKinley) also landed on the national leaderboard.

Barrios was nationally ranked throughout the year for batting average, slugging percentage, and on base percentage…where he finished 5th with a .573 OBP. Naida was also among the national leaders all season for his ERA, while both jumped to the top spot at season’s end.

Fleming finished 5th nationally for complete games with 6 and also landed at number 34 with a 3.15 ERA. Naida ranked 10th with 5 complete games. In 33 games, Coleman came in at 33rd nationally with 6 home runs. Many players ranked ahead of him played more than 40 or 50 games.

LCCC’s Baseball team wrapped up their season with a strong performance in the Division III Region XII Baseball Tournament. Their final season record was 11-22, but the team saved their best play for last by winning their first-ever Regional Tournament game against Schoolcraft College.

A key to their tournament success was the leadership of graduating sophomore shortstop, Jesse Barrios (Wooster/Home School) as he was 7 for 10 from the plate and was perfect in the field. In his last at bat for LCCC, Barrios smacked the 100th hit of his career to become the first Commodore player to reach that threshold. His outstanding performance landed him on the Region XII All-Tournament Team.

Coming in as the Region’s 4th seed, Lorain had to square off against top-seeded Delta College in a game which ultimately was decided by one fair ball play. Delta, the eventual Regional Champion, broke the 1-1 deadlock en route to a 3-1 victory. Naida pitched a complete game giving up just 5 hits and 1 earned run. He was the only pitcher during the tournament to rein in the Delta hitters and offense, as they scored 11 runs in each of their other games. Barrios went 2 for 3 in the game and scored the only run off a Coleman RBI.

Game two featured Fleming in an amazing pitching performance against Schoolcraft, where he struck out 11 and gave up no earned runs in the 7-2 victory. Fleming got in a jam in the 5th and 6th innings but the Commodore defense stepped it up to keep the Ocelots from scoring as they threw out two runners at home plate. Once again, Barrios led the charge going 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Eli Loveland (Toledo/Whitmer) came up big in the win with 2 RBI’s, a sac fly, and a stolen base. Derek Dulemba (Elyria/Midview) and Noah Henderson (Toledo/Whitmer) both had RBI’s for LCCC.

Lorain’s Semi-Final game pitted them against Owens Community College but the Express used a 10-run first inning to take control of the game and never looked back. Justin Ciccone (Youngstown/Western Reserve) scored in the 3rd to get LCCC on the board, then Barrios had a lead-off double in the 5th to try to rally the Commodores. Coleman scored him on a single, Naida reached on an error, and Loveland singled to bring another run home but it was not enough as LCCC ended their season with a 15-3 loss.