Fleming Tosses 10-Inning Complete Game Win in Highlight of Weekend Series
April 7, 2019 – – Although the Lorain County Community College Baseball team went 1-3 this weekend, their record could just have easily been 3-1 against some very tough competition. Highlighting the weekend play was a thrilling 10-inning come from behind win over previously unbeaten OSU Mansfield in game one, giving the Commodores a 9-8 win. LCCC lost the finale today against OSU and dropped two games to CCAC Boyce in yesterday’s play to take their record to 7-12 on the season.
Jared Naida (Cleveland/Lakewood) came up big for LCCC with a 2 out, clutch base hit in the bottom of the 10th to drive in the winning run against OSU Mansfield in today’s opener. Naida was 2 for 4, with a double and 3 RBI’s. Domenic Fleming (Columbia Station/Midview) went the distance for the Commodores, pitching all 10-innings for the win and giving up only 3 earned runs, while notching 6 strikeouts.
LCCC Head Coach Bill Frawley commented after the game, “I have never had a pitcher go 10-innings for a complete game win. It was really something special. Dom said he was feeling good and got stronger as the game went on.” Fleming improved to 3-2 on the year with the victory.
Lorain had game two in hand…leading 3-2 going into the top of the 7th but lost in heartbreaking fashion as a couple of errors allowed 3 runs for the Mavs and an eventual 5-4 win. It looked like more heroics were on the way for LCCC when Eli Loveland (Toledo/Whitmer) sent one deep leading off in the bottom of the 7th and Jesse Barrios (Wooster/Home School) got on base until some great defensive play sealed the victory for OSU. Barrios was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s to lead LCCC in game two.
Yesterday’s re-match against CCAC Boyce was well-fought but LCCC came up short, losing game one 8-1, despite a strong outing by Casey Ison (Amherst/Amherst Steele). Ison allowed only 2 earned runs in the complete game loss. Richard Vandervort (Lakewood) had 2 hits, including a double scoring the only run.
Lorain got off to an early 6-2 lead against CCAC Boyce in game two when the Saints evened it up scoring 4 runs in the 4th inning. The score was knotted at six until the top of the 7th when CCAC added a run and LCCC was unable to answer, falling 7-6 in the finale. Barrios had 2 hits, including a solo homer in his first at bat. Derek Dulemba (Elyria/Midview) went 3 for 4 at the plate.