VINCENNES, Ind. (March 23, 2015) – The Lakeland baseball team went 3-1 over the weekend, defeating South Suburban once and Lake Michigan twice while dropping a close one to host Vincennes to move to 7-8 overall on the season.
Game One: Lakeland 4, South Suburban 3
Miguel Flowers (Canton, Ohio / Canton South), Michael Capel (Mentor, Ohio / Lake Catholic), and Seth Vellucci (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Jackson) each went 2-for-4 with an RBI as Lakeland broke open a tie game with two runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat South Suburban on Saturday afternoon. Dominic Edwards (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) went 7 2/3 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits but took the no decision after surrendering the tying run in the bottom of the seventh.
Sophomore Scott Wood (Stratford, Ontario) threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first victory of the season.
Danny Fernandez (Miami, Fla.) went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored for Lakeland.
Game Two: Lakeland 8, Lake Michigan 3
Freshman Tyler Straley (Uniontown, Ohio / Uniontown Lake) struck out a career-high nine while allowing just one earned run to improve to 2-1 on the season. Nicolas Lozano (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain) paced the Lakers offensively, going 2-for-2 with a homerun, three RBIs, and two runs scored.
Anthony Strnad (Eastlake, Ohio / Eastlake North) added a pair of hits and two runs scored in the victory, Lakeland's third straight to inch closer to the .500 mark as it nears its conference-opener at Cuyahoga this weekend.
Game Three: Lakeland 6, Vincennes 7
Host Vincennes University rallied from a two-run deficit with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth before scoring the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh to rally for a 7-6 victory and hand Lakeland its first loss of the weekend.
Daniel Strodtbeck (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs from the cleanup spot to lead the Lakers offensively. Miguel Flowers reached base in all four at-bats and scored a pair of runs while Anthony Strnad drove in two in the loss.
Tanner Smith (Willoughby, Ohio / Willoughby South) suffered his first loss of the season after giving up the deciding run in the bottom of the seventh.
Game Four: Lakeland 13, Lake Michigan 2 (5 Innings)
The Lakers offense came alive in the final game of the weekend as they registered 13 runs on 11 hits to earn the sweep of Lake Michigan. Ryan Osko (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain) scored three runs and drove in three from the lead-off spot while Marcus Bobb (Lake Wales, Fla.), Fernandez, and Strnad each recorded two RBIs for Lakeland. Kosta Kafes (Brampton, Ontario) went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in the victory.
Daniel Strodtbeck held the Red Hawks to just two hits and one unearned run in four innings of work. The freshman struck out two before handing the ball off to Wes Siekris (Markham, Ontario), who struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth to close out the game.
Lakeland returns to action on Wednesday (March 25) when it travels to the University of Northwestern Ohio for a non-conference double-header before opening league play at Cuyahoga on Friday (March 27).