Chad Matton
Chad Matton (left) and Lakeland head coach Howie Krause (right). 
Matton Inks Letter of Intent as Fourth Member of 2015 Class

KIRTLAND, Ohio (February 21, 2015) – Chad Matton, a senior middle infielder at St. Thomas of Villanova High School in LaSalle, Ontario, signed a national letter of intent (LOI) to join the Lakeland Community College baseball program in the fall. 

A three-sport student-athlete, the Tecumseh, Ontario native competed scholastically in football, basketball, and baseball.  He earned seven varsity letters including four in baseball while also earning two MVP awards in baseball and one in football.

The son of Anna and Kris Matton, he will major in Communications at Lakeland. 


 Peyton Pacella
Peyton Pacella (left) and Lakeland head coach Howie Krause (right).
Pacella Becomes Baseball's Third Commit in 2015 Class

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (January 21, 2015) – Peyton Pacella, a senior at Riverside High School in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, has signed a national Letter of Intent to join the Lakeland Community College baseball team for the 2015-16 season. 

Pacella won back-to-back Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state championships with the Panthers as a freshman (2012) and a sophomore (2013).  The 5'11" catcher is the son of Hope and Richard Pacella and plans to major in management at Lakeland.


Michael Bear Selected as a Top Returner in Region XII

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 20, 2015) – Sophomore pitcher Michael Bear (New Castle, Ind.) has been recognized as one of the top returners in the Region according to an NJCAA Division II preview released today by the national office. 

As a freshman, Bear led the Lakers in starts (11), wins (5), complete games (8), strikeouts (48), and ERA (3.98) en route to All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) honors.  He propelled Lakeland to a victory over Vincennes University in the opening round of the Sub-Region XII Tournament and finished the season with a 5-1 record.

Bear and the Lakers open the 2015 season in Millington, Tennessee on February 27.

Link >> North Region Top Returners


 Cody Eder & Zach Meese
Cody Eder (left) and Zach Meese (right) signed a national Letter of Intent to join head coach Howie Krause (center) and the Lakeland baseball team next season.
Massillon Jackson Duo Commits to Lakeland Baseball

Kirtland, Ohio (January 15, 2015) – Zach Meese (Jackson Township) and Cody Eder (Jackson) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to play baseball at Lakeland Community College for the 2015-16 academic year.  The duo helped Massillon Jackson win its first state championship in school history when it defeated North Royalton 5-1 in the Division I title game last spring.  Jackson finished the year with a 26-5 record.

 Zach MeeseZach Meese, a 6'1" left-handed pitcher, is the son of Kristine and Tracy Meese and plans to major in broadcasting.

 Cody Eder

Cody Eder, a 5'11" right-handed pitcher and second baseman, is the son of Julie and Todd Eder and plans to major in business management.

The Polar Bears begin their Division I title defense on Tuesday, March 31 when they host St. Ignatius at 5 p.m.

The Lakers open their 2015 campaign on Friday, February 27 in Millington, Tennessee.


Freshman Marcus Bobb Highlighted as Top Newcomer

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 15, 2015) – Freshman second baseman Marcus Bobb (Frostproof, Fla.) is listed as one of the top newcomers in the region according to the NJCAA preview released today by the national office.   Bobb joins five other Region XII freshmen to make the list but is the only honoree from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). 

The Lakers open their season on February 27 in Millington, Tennessee.

Link >> Top Newcomers


Former Laker Ryan Dennick Makes Major League Debut

BALTIMORE, Md. (September 2, 2014) – Former Lakeland Community College standout pitcher Ryan Dennick (North Olmstead, Ohio) made his major league debut on Tuesday night for the Cincinnati Reds.  Dennick entered the game against the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning and pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning, which included his first career big league strikeout, for the Reds. 

Dennick played one season at Lakeland for head coach Howie Krause before transferring to Tennessee Technical University (NCAA Division I) where he went 8-2 and recorded six saves during his two year career.  In 2009, he was selected in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals organization after helping Tennessee Tech claim its third straight Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) tournament championship. 

Link >> Video

Former Student-Athletes: Where are they now?
  • Brandon Easton - Minnesota Twins (Gulf Coast League)
  • Giancarlo Saia - Mercyhurst University (Erie, Pa.)
  • Matthew Wheeler - Malone University (Canton, Ohio)
  • Ryan Queener - Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, Ohio)
  • Todd Queener - Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, Ohio)
  • Brian Sharkey - Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, Ohio)
  • Mason Wisner - Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, Ohio)
  • Anthony Connacher - Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling, W. Va.)
  • Nick Toth - Lourdes University (Sylvania, Ohio)
  • John Gora - Tennessee Tech University (Cookeville, Tenn.)


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