by Ken Hoffman
Sophomore lefty Kevin Simon (pictured) tossed a five-inning three-hitter and sophomore pitcher Nick Bene (pictured below) hurled a six-inning, one-hitter to lead Lorain County Community College to a doubleheader sweep over the Washtenaw Community College club team, 11-1 and 10-0 at The Pipeyard in Lorain, OH, on Saturday afternoon, April 21.
Simon hurled his fifth complete game, allowing just three hits in five innings. The game was ended by the 10-run rule. His five complete games is currently tied for the most complete games in the nation in NJCAA, D-III. The southpaw notched eight strikeouts while walking two and improved his record to 5-0. Washtenaw’s run in the fourth inning was unearned, lowering Simon’s earned-run-average (ERA) to 0.73, currently fifth in the nation in NJCAA, D-III rankings.
Freshman right fielder Noah Henderson produced three singles and a walk, one RBI and scored three runs to lead the Commodores’ nine-hit effort. Freshman shortstop Jesse Barrios, sophomore center fielder Gavin Taulbee and sophomore first baseman Nate Colbert each drove in a pair of runs.
LCCC knocked in eight runs on seven hits in the fifth inning to break open a 3-1 lead
In the second game, Bene was nearly perfect, allowing just a fifth-inning single over six frames. He fanned nine and walked three while raising his record to 3-2 and dropping his ERA to 2.20, ranking 22nd in the country in NJCAA, D-III.
Bene was supported by nine Commodores’ hits, including three by sophomore third baseman Dalton Welty who was 4-for-6 in the doubleheader. He raised his batting average to .444, tying Barrios for the team lead.
After one run in the first inning, LCCC crossed the plate five times in the second inning and scored three more runs in the third to open a 9-0 lead. Henderson and Barrios each accounted for two RBI’s. The Commodores added the 10th and final run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Taulbee.
Henderson also managed four hits in six at-bats during the day, raising his average to .383,
LCCC now owns a record of 11-12. The team travels to Schoolcraft (MI) CC on Monday, April 23, for an NJCAA Region XII, D-III match-up.