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