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BASEBALL VS. TRI-C MOVED TO PARMA
The baseball double-header against Cuyahoga scheduled for Saturday (April 18) has been moved to Cuyahoga's western campus in Parma due to field conditions. Game times remain 1 and 3 p.m.
Walk-Off Grand Slam Costs Lakeland at Mercyhurst North East

NORTH EAST, Pa. (April 8, 2015) – After taking a two-run lead in extra innings, the Lakeland baseball team gave up a game-ending grand slam to fall 9-7 to host Mercyhurst North East in non-league action Wednesday afternoon.  The Lakers stall at 10-15 overall entering this weekend's four game series with conference-leading Sinclair.

 AJ StrnadAJ Strnad (Eastlake, Ohio / Eastlake North) went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to 15 games.  The sophomore center fielder's two-out single in the top of the 10th inning drove in a pair and put the visitors in great position to close out the win.  Mercyhurst North East responded by loading the bases with one out in the bottom half of the inning before Sabatino Denardo's grand slam ended the game.

Nicolas Lozano (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain) reached base in all five at-bats, finishing with two hits including a double and a home run while driving in two and scoring twice. 

Miguel Flowers II (Canton, Ohio / Canton South) went 3-for-4 with two triples while Seth Vellucci (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Jackson) went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in the loss.

Eddie Oropesa Jr. (Miami, Fla.) fell to 1-4 on the season after surrendering the game-winning home run in the 10th

Lakeland will host nationally-ranked Sinclair on Friday (April 10) beginning at 1 p.m.

Link >> Box Score

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 Chaz Verrico
Chaz Verrico (left) with head baseball coach Howie Krause.
 
Chaz Verrico Inks Letter of Intent with Lakeland Baseball

KIRTLAND, Ohio (April 5, 2015) – Lakeland Community College head baseball coach Howie Krause announced the signing of Chaz Verrico to a national letter of intent on Monday afternoon.  Verrico becomes the fifth member of the class of 2015.

A four-year letterman at Rochester Area High School in Rochester, Pennsylvania, Verrico earned First Team all-section honors as a sophomore and junior.  A Fab-9 all-star as a junior, he won bronze and gold medals at the Keystone State Games held annually in York.

The son of Sadie Fusco and Brad Verrico, Chaz plans to major in accounting at Lakeland.

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 Lakeland Baseball at Owens
 
Wood, Straley Gems Highlight 2-2 Weekend at Owens

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (April 5, 2015) – The Lakeland Community College baseball team moved to 10-14 overall and 3-5 in Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) play after going 2-2 over the weekend at Owens.  The Lakers rode a pair of strong pitching performances by Scott Wood (Stratford, Ontario) and Tyler Straley (Uniontown, Ohio / Uniontown Lake) while AJ Strnad (Eastlake, Ohio / Eastlake North) extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Game One: Lakeland 5, Owens 6

Lakeland scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at five before Owens plated the game-winner in the bottom half of the inning to halt the visitor's rally.  Konstandinos Kafes (Brampton, Ontario) went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored while Jayce Dunlop (Port Elgin, Ontario) added a double and a run for the Lakers (8-13, 1-4 OCCAC). 

Dominic Edwards (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) suffered his second loss of the season after allowing six runs (three earned) on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.

Game Two: Lakeland 3, Owens 1

Tyler Straley's first complete-game of the season helped the Lakers (9-13, 2-4 OCCAC) salvage a split on day one.  The freshman right-hander allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out five to improve to a team-best 3-1 on the season.

Lakeland broke open a 1-1 game with two runs in the top of the seventh as Ryan Osko (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain) and Konstandinos Kafes each scored in the decisive inning.  Kafes finished with two hits and two runs scored while Miguel Flowers II (Canton, Ohio / Canton South), AJ Strnad, and Osko each drove in a run in the victory.

Game Three: Lakeland 3, Owens 0

Scott Wood's career day propelled Lakeland (10-13, 3-4 OCCAC) to a victory in Sunday's opener.  The sophomore struck out a career-high seven batters and allowed no runs on five hits in his first career complete-game to improve to 2-1 on the season. 

AJ Strnad and Seth Vellucci (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Jackson) each doubled and drove in a run while David Fach (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Washington) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the win.

Game Four: Lakeland 2, Owens 10

The Express jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning of play and never trailed as the hosts evened the series at two apiece with a victory in Sunday's finale.

Daniel Strodtbeck (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) dropped to 2-2 on the season after taking the loss on the mound.  Miguel Flowers collected a team-high two hits and also drove in a run in the setback.

AJ Strnad went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.  The sophomore centerfielder has reached base safely in 18 straight games and is hitting a team-best .329 on the year.

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Lakers Rally for Day Two Split in Series Finale with Challengers

PARMA, Ohio (March 30, 2015) – The Lakeland baseball team salvaged a split with host Cuyahoga behind Daniel Strodtbeck's (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) complete-game victory in game two to end a four game slide and wrap up the series with a victory.

Game One: Lakeland 7, Cuyahoga 11

Miguel Flowers II (Canton, Ohio / Canton South) hit a two-run home run while Nicolas Lozano (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Lakeland.  The Challengers jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one inning and never trailed the rest of the way.

Jayce Dunlop (Port Elgin, Ontario) collected a pair of RBIs and Ryan Osko (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Lakers (7-12, 0-3 OCCAC).

David Contreras (Bryan, Texas) fell to 1-1 on the season after taking the loss on the mound. 

Game Two: Lakeland 8, Cuyahoga 5

Strodtbeck improved to 2-1 on the season with his first complete game of the season.  The freshman right-hander scattered eight hits and struck out four, settling down after a three-run first inning threatened to blow the game open.

Lakeland responded with two runs in the top of the second and took the lead after a four-run fifth made it 6-4.  The visitors tacked on one run in each of the final two innings to pick up their first conference victory of the season.

Danny Fernandez's (Miami, Fla.) third home run of the season came in the form of a two-run shot while Konstandinos Kafes (Brampton, Ontario) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored in the victory.

AJ Strnad (Eastlake, Ohio / Eastlake) extended his hitting streak to ten games after going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.  The sophomore outfielder has reached base in 14 straight games.

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Cuyahoga Rallies, Sweeps Lakeland in Conference Opener

PARMA, Ohio (March 29, 2015) – The Lakeland Community College baseball team fell to 7-11 on the year and 0-2 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) after opening league play with a pair of losses to local rival Cuyahoga on Sunday afternoon.  The Lakers will look to even the series with the Challengers on Monday (March 30) beginning at 4 p.m.

Game One: Lakeland 6, Cuyahoga 16 (5 Innings)

AJ Strnad (Eastlake, Ohio / Eastlake) went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs while Michael Capel (Mentor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) hit a solo homer to pace the Lakers.  Cuyahoga jumped out to a 13-0 lead through the first three innings before adding one in the fourth and two in the fifth for the victory.

Dominic Edwards (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) suffered his first loss of the season on the mound after surrendering 10 runs in two innings. Only one of those runs was earned.

Game Two: Lakeland 5, Cuyahoga 7

Lakeland bounced back in game two despite allowing Cuyahoga to build an early 4-0 lead through after two innings of play.  The Lakers scored four in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead, but allowed three runs in the bottom of the seventh to lose in walk-off fashion.

Tyler Straley (Uniontown, Ohio / Uniontown Lake) took the no-decision after allowing five runs on seven hits while Eddie Oropesa Jr. (Miami, Fla.) suffered the loss to drop to 1-3 on the season.

Strnad homered for the second consecutive game while driving in a team-high four runs in the setback.  Jayce Dunlop (Port Elgin, Ontario) went 3-for-3 with a triple, RBI, and a run scored for Lakeland.

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Northwestern Ohio Rallies Past Lakeland 5-4

LIMA, Ohio (March 25, 2015) – AJ Strnad (Eastlake, Ohio / Eastlake North) drove in two runs while Michael Capel (Mentor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored but the Lakeland baseball team surrendered three late runs as the University of Northwestern Ohio rallied for a 5-4 win on Wednesday afternoon. 

The Lakers erased a two-run deficit with two runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings before the host Racers responded with one in the eighth and two in the ninth to steal the victory.  With the loss, Lakeland drops to 8-9 overall entering this weekend's Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) opener at Cuyahoga.

Kosta Kafes (Brampton, Ontario) scored twice and drove in one while Ryan Osko (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain) recorded an RBI and three walks in the setback.

Eddie Oropesa Jr. (Miami, Fla.) earned the start on the mound but took the no-decision after allowing one unearned run in three innings of work.  Freshman Dakota Caldwell (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Washington) was tagged for the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits in the final 2 1/3 innings of relief.

Link >> Box Score

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Baseball Wins Three of Four at Vincennes

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).  

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Lakers Drop Final Game to Brunswick

BOLIVIA, N.C. (March 10, 2015) – The Lakeland baseball team finished the week 1-3 against host Brunswick Community College following a 9-2 loss on Tuesday afternoon.  The Lakers will look to bounce back on Wednesday (March 11) when they play a double-header against Florence-Darlington Tech in Florence, South Carolina before heading to Myrtle Beach for their final four games of spring training.

Freshman Marcus Bobb (Lake Wales, Fla. / Frostproof) recorded two of Lakeland's four hits on the day while also stealing a base.  Brunswick opened a 3-0 lead through the first two innings before Lakeland answered with two of its own in the top of the third.

Bobb and Marcus Flowers II (Canton, Ohio / Canton South) kept the inning alive with back-to-back, two-out singles before scoring on an error to pull the visitors within one. 

After a pair of scoreless innings, Brunswick blew the game open with a three-run fifth and then tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the sixth.

Daniel Strodtbeck (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) suffered his first loss of the season after allowing four runs (three earned) on ten hits.  The freshman right-hander struck out six in the setback.

Link >> Box Score

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Straley Hurls One-Hitter as Lakers Top Brunswick 10-0

BOLIVIA, N.C. (March 8, 2015) – The Lakeland baseball team bounced back from a pair of close losses on Saturday with a convincing 10-0 victory over host Brunswick on Sunday afternoon.  The Lakers, who improved to 1-2 overall on the young season, scored ten runs on six hits while Tyler Straley (Uniontown, Ohio / Uniontown Lake) hurled a one-hitter in six innings of work.

Miguel Flowers II (Canton, Ohio / Canton South) and Anthony Strnad (Eastlake, Ohio / Eastlake North) each scored three runs while Daniel Strodtbeck (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) drove in three in the victory.

Seth Vellucci (Massillon, Ohio / Massillon Jackson) opened the scoring the top of second inning with a sacrifice fly to score Danny Fernandez (Miami / Archbishop Coleman Carroll) before a three-run third for Lakeland.  The visitors put their first five batters of the inning on base before Strodtbeck's 2-RBI double plated Strnad and Flowers.  Two batters later Michael Capel (Mentor, Ohio / Lake Catholic) drove him in with an RBI single to make it 4-0.

The Lakers tacked on four more runs in the top of sixth before Flowers third run of the game made it 10-0 in the top of the seventh.

The offense provided more than enough support for Straley, who improved to 1-0 on the mound with a stellar effort in his first start of the season.  The freshman right-hander allowed just one hit while striking out five before handing the ball off the sophomore Tanner Smith (Willoughby, Ohio / Willoughby South) in the seventh, who retired the Dolphins in order to end the game.

Lakeland returns to action on Tuesday (March 10) with games against Spartanburg Methodist and Brunswick. 

Link >> Box Score

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Lakers Open Season with Closes Losses at Brunswick

BOLIVIA, N.C. (March 7, 2015) – The Lakeland baseball team opened the season with a pair of tough losses to host Brunswick Community College on Saturday afternoon as it begins the 2015 campaign in spring training.

Game One: Lakeland 2, Brunswick 6

Freshman Marcus Bobb (Lake Wales, Fla. / Frostproof) provided the only scoring with a 2-RBI single in the top of the fifth inning as the Lakers dropped the 2015 opener 6-2.  Lakeland was unable to rally from an early deficit after allowing runs in the first two innings of the game.  

Sophomore Kyle Tucker (Lorain, Ohio / Amherst Steele) suffered in the loss on the mound, allowing four unearned runs and walking four in his season debut.  Classmate Wes Siekris (Markham, Ontario / Bill Crothers) allowed a pair of earned runs in three innings of relief.

Game Two: Lakeland 2, Brunswick 3

Dillon Stewart's walk-off single proved to be the difference as Brunswick erased an early 2-0 deficit to hand Lakeland its second loss of the day in nine innings. 

Danny Fernandez (Miami / Archbishop Coleman Carroll) put the Lakers on the board with a two-run home run in the top of the third inning.  Fernandez took Brunswick's Patrick Corcoran deep for his first homer of the season to make it 2-0.  The Dolphins trimmed the deficit in half in the bottom of the third inning on Stewart's RBI double before knotting the game at two in the bottom of the sixth. 

Eddie Oropesa Jr. (Miami / Felix Varela) suffered the loss after two innings of relief.  The freshman right-hander allowed one earned run on two hits to fall to 0-1 on the season.  Sophomore Dominic Edwards (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) took the no-decision after making his first start of the season.  Edwards went five strong innings, allowing five hits and striking out three in his debut.

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 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. 

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 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.

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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

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 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.

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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

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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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