Six LCCC Players Earn NJCAA Division III All-Region XII Baseball Honors
May 24, 2019 – – Six Lorain County Community College Men’s baseball players were honored for their accomplishments this season by being named to the NJCAA Division III All-Region XII Team. Three players landed on the 12-person All-Region Team and four were awarded Gold Gloves for their work in the field.
Freshman pitcher/1B, Jared Naida (Cleveland/Lakewood) was chosen to both teams, as he led the Nation with a 0.67 ERA and finished with the best fielding percentage for games played at 1st base with .956. Lorain’s ace jumped to the top spot for ERA after shutting down the strong Delta College offense in regional play.
Sophomore shortstop Jesse Barrios (Wooster/Home Schooled) capped off an outstanding LCCC career by leading the NJCAA with a .505 final season batting average, while also ranking 5th with a .573 OBP. He leaves LCCC as the only player to reach 100 career hits, a feat he accomplished in his last at bat.
Damion Coleman (Niles/Niles McKinley) a sophomore third baseman was the final Commodore earning All-Region Team honors after leading the team in RBI’s with 30 and finishing with 6 home runs. Coleman’s 6 homers ranked him 33rd nationally, behind many players with significantly more games played.
Four Commodores were selected to the Region XII Gold Glove Team, which was awarded to the player with the most games played at each position with the best fielding percentage. Lorain players grabbed four of the nine spots with Naida leading the way. Freshman pitcher, Casey Ison (Amherst/Amherst Steel), sophomore second baseman, Richard Vandervort (pictured; Lakewood), and freshman outfielder/pitcher, Domenic Fleming (Midview/Columbia Station) round out the team.
Fleming finished ranked 5th nationally for complete games pitched with 6 and sported a 3.15 ERA, placing him 34th on the national leaderboard at season’s end.
“I’m so proud of these players for their hard work and dedication this season,” stated Head Coach, Bill Frawley. “They have built a strong foundation of success for the future of LC3 baseball as we continue to grow our program to new heights.”