ATHLETICS

 Katie Uminski
Katie Uminski drove in a career-high five runs in game two against Ohio University-Zanesville on Saturday.
 
Offense Erupts as Lakers Sweep OU-Zanesville

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (March 21, 2015) – Visiting Lakeland recorded its first sweep of the season after scoring 30 runs in two wins over Ohio University-Zanesville on Saturday afternoon.  The Lakers (3-6) will look to carry the momentum into their Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) opener on Wednesday (March 25) when they host Cuyahoga at 3:30 p.m.

Game One: Lakeland 10, Ohio University-Zanesville 1 (5 Innings)

Lakeland registered 11 hits including a season-high five homeruns to overwhelm the hosts in game one.  Three players – Tayler Gustin, Katie Uminski, and Katlyn Sartain – hit their first collegiate homerun while Halle McKinley and Taylor Wawrowski hit their second of the season to power the Lakers in the opener. 

Gustin finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs while McKinley drove in a pair on a double and her second long ball of the season. 

Lydia Baldauf (Thompson, Ohio / Ledgemont) improved to 2-1 on the season after allowing one earned run and striking out two in five innings of work. 

Game Two: Lakeland 20, Ohio University-Zanesville 0 (5 Innings)

Taylor Wawrowski (Macedonia, Ohio / Chardon) went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and five RBIs to pace the Lakeland offense.  The Lakers set season-highs with 20 runs and 15 hits while Tayler Gustin (Madison, Ohio / Madison) hurled a no-hitter in the circle.  Gustin struck out four and walked one in five innings to earn her first collegiate win.

Kandis Laseke scored four runs and drove in two from the lead-off spot while Katie Uminski went 3-for-3 with three runs and a career-high five RBIs in the victory.   

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Lakeland Drops Non-Conference Twinbill at Marietta

MARIETTA, Ohio (March 20, 2015) – The Lakeland Community College softball team suffered a pair of non-league losses to host Marietta College on Friday night to fall to 1-6 on the season.  The Lakers will look to bounce back tomorrow when they travel to Ohio University-Zanesville for two more non-conference games before opening league play with Cuyahoga on Wednesday (March 25).

Game One: Lakeland 3, Marietta 8

Kandis Laseke (Elyria, Ohio / Elyria) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored to pace the Lakeland offense.  Katie Uminski (Canton, Ohio / Canton South) and Carynn McCreight (Willoughby, Ohio / Geneva) each drove in one run for the Lakers, who registered three runs on ten hits.

Sophomore Taylor Wawrowski (Macedonia, Ohio / Chardon) fell to 0-4 on the season after allowing eight runs on nine hits in six innings of work.

Game Two: Lakeland 5, Marietta 8

Lakeland dropped game two despite 15 hits as host Marietta erupted for 21 hits and eight runs in Friday's finale.  Kandis Laseke went 3-for-4 with another double while Taylor Wawrowski drove in two.  Amy McDonnell (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) went 3-for-4 and Tayler Gustin (Madison, Ohio / Madison) scored twice as Lakeland built a 5-0 lead through four-and-a-half innings. 

Marietta responded with a five-run fifth to pull even before a three-run, walk-off homerun in the bottom of the seventh ended the game.  Wawrowski took the loss after giving up the homer while Gustin took the no-decision. 

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Lakers Fall to Oberlin College 9-2

LORAIN, Ohio (March 13, 2015) – Host Oberlin College scored nine runs on ten hits while holding the Lakers to just two runs on five hits to pick up a 9-2 victory on Friday night.  The Lakers fall to 1-4 on the season and will look to bounce back on Friday (March 20) when they travel to Marietta for a non-conference double-header.

Freshman Tayler Gustin (Madison, Ohio / Madison) went 2-for-4 with an RBI while sophomore Becca Svoboda (Sagamore Hills, Ohio / Nordonia) drove in one in the setback.

Freshman Kandis Laseke (Elyria, Ohio / Elyria) and classmate Halle McKinley (Eastlake, Ohio / Eastlake North) each scored a run for Lakeland while Lydia Baldauf (Thompson, Ohio / Ledgemont) suffered her first loss of the season and dropped to 1-1 on the year.

Baldauf allowed seven runs (six earned) and walked a pair while striking out three in four innings before giving way to Taylor Wawrowski (Macedonia, Ohio / Chardon).  Wawrowski allowed two unearned runs and fanned three in two innings of relief.

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Lakeland Splits Region XII Double-Header with Grand Rapids

CLEVELAND, Ohio (March 12, 2015) – The Lakeland softball team took game one 3-2 before surrendering a late lead in the finale and falling 5-4 to visiting Grand Rapids in non-conference action Thursday afternoon at Cleveland State University.

Game One: Lakeland 3, Grand Rapids 2

Lydia Baldauf (Thompson, Ohio / Ledgemont) earned her first collegiate win in the circle with a complete-game effort.  The freshman right-hander scattered seven hits while striking three.  She allowed a pair of earned runs in the top of the seventh inning but worked out of a late jam to collect the victory and improve to 1-1 on the year.

Lakeland broke open a scoreless game with a three-run sixth inning.  Katie Uminski (Canton, Ohio / Canton South) drilled a run-scoring double to plate Halle McKinley (Eastlake, Ohio / Eastlake North) before Taylor Wawrowski (Macedonia, Ohio / Chardon) doubled the lead on the next at-bat with an RBI single to score Kandis Laseke (Elyria, Ohio / Elyria).  Tayler Gustin (Madison, Ohio / Madison) stretched the lead to three with an RBI groundout to drive in Uminski from third.

Grand Rapids threatened in the top half of the seventh, scoring two runs on Courtney Young's triple but Baldauf was able to get the next out on a game-ending pop fly to strand the tying run at third and pick up the win.

Game Two: Lakeland 4, Grand Rapids 5

Grand Rapids erased a two-run deficit with a three-run sixth inning to salvage a split with a victory in game two.

The visitors opened the scoring in the top of the first with a pair of early runs before the hosts rallied for two of their own in the bottom half of the inning to pull level.  Halle McKinley's RBI double in the bottom of the second inning plated Becca Svoboda (Sagamore Hills, Ohio / Nordonia), who slid into home just ahead of the throw to give the Lakers a 3-2 lead. 

Two innings later, Amy McDonnell (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) drove in Kaitlyn Laseke (Elyria, Ohio / Elyria) with an RBI single to double the advantage.

The Raiders seized control with the big sixth inning before forcing the Lakers to strand the tying run at second in their final at-bat.

Taylor Wawrowski suffered the loss in the circle and dropped to 0-2 on the young season.  The sophomore allowed five earned runs on seven hits while fanning four in the setback.

The Lakers are back in action tomorrow (March 13) when they take on Oberlin College at the All-Pro Sports Complex in Lorain at 9 p.m.

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Lakers Drop Two at Thiel to Open 2015 Campaign

GREENVILLE, Pa. (February 27, 2015) – The Lakeland Community College softball team opened the season with a pair of close losses to NCAA Division III Thiel College on Friday evening inside the Rissell-Schreyer Dome.  The Lakers return to action on Friday, March 12 when they host Region XII foe Grand Rapids Community College at Cleveland State University.

Game One: Lakeland 6, Thiel 7 (8 Innings)

Sophomore Taylor Wawrowski (Chardon) went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI but suffered the loss in the circle in extra innings after 0.2 innings of relief.  The Lakers held leads in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings but could not keep the hosts for rallying for the victory.

Thiel scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at five before erasing a one-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth with two more to escape with a 7-6 victory.

Kaitlyn Laseke (Elyria) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and hit her first career home run while Katlyn Sartain (Eastlake North) was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI in the loss. 

Amy McDonnell (Mentor) stole two bases and scored a pair of runs for Lakeland.

Lydia Baldauf (Ledgemont) took the no-decision after allowing five earned runs over seven innings in his first collegiate start.  The freshman walked three and struck out two while scattering 11 hits.

Game Two: Lakeland 3, Thiel 7

Halle McKinley (Eastlake North) and Kaitlyn Laseke (Elyria) each homered for the Lakers in a 7-3 loss in game two.  Katie Uminski (Canton South), Tayler Gustin (Madison), and Wawrowski each collected two hits for the Lakers, who surrendered the game's first two runs in the bottom of the first inning and were unable to rally back.

After trimming the deficit to one after the top of fourth inning, Thiel countered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to stretch the lead to three.  A three-run sixth would prove to be the difference and limited the impact of run-scoring innings for the Lakers in the sixth and seventh.

Wawrowski scattered 12 hits and allowed seven runs (five earned) in six innings in his first start of the season.  The sophomore finished with three walks and a pair of strikeouts but dropped to 0-2 on the season.

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 Taylor Wawrowski
 
Lakers Ink Commitment from Cleveland State Transfer Wawrowski

KIRTLAND, Ohio (October 27, 2014) – Head softball coach Jeff Morganti announced the signing of Taylor Wawrowski (Macedonia, Ohio / Chardon) on Thursday afternoon.  Wawrowski will enter the spring semester as a sophomore transfer after spending the 2014 season as a walk-on with the Cleveland State University (NCAA Division I) softball program. 

Wawrowski appeared in three games for a Vikings team which amassed a 24-20 overall record last season.  She scored a run in a 7-1 victory over Detroit on April 27. 

A former first team all-conference selection and team MVP at Chardon High School, Wawrowski hit .490 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs as a senior.  She earned Honorable Mention accolades as a freshman before garnering second team all-league honors as a sophomore and junior.  The Hilltoppers won a pair of sectional championships (2009, 2013) during her four-year varsity career.

At Lakeland, Wawrowski will pitch and play first base. 

Coach Morganti on Wawrowski: "We're excited Taylor is joining our softball team.  She's an excellent student and very talented softball player.  She'll certainly gives us depth in the circle.  She'll help us defensively at first base and in the middle part of our batting order." 

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Purnell, Smithberger Garner All-Conference Accolades

KIRTLAND, Ohio (May 6, 2014 ) – Sophomores Shayla Purnell (Kent, Ohio / Theodore Roosevelt) and Chantel Smithberger (Madison, Ohio / Madison) have been named All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) in their final season with the Lakeland softball program.

The duo finished first or second in nearly every offensive category this season.  Smithberger, who earned OCCAC honors for the second straight season, finished fifth in the conference and first on the team with a .468 batting average.  The sophomore catcher led the Lakers in hits (37), RBIs (22), and on base percentage (.523) while finishing second in doubles (12), homeruns (3), and runs scored (29). 

Her career at Lakeland includes two all-conference selections and an all-Region XII nod.  Additionally, Smithberger was a two-time winner of the athletic department's female athlete of the year award.

Purnell led the Lakers in homeruns (8), triples (4), and runs scored (30) while finishing second on the team in hits (32), RBIs (21), and average (.386).  She wraps up her career with 18 homeruns, 62 runs scored, and 48 RBIs as a two-year starter for the Lakers. 

Coach Morganti: "Chantel and Shayla are both deserving of this honor. They posted better numbers at the plate than a year ago. We'll miss that production from the middle part of our lineup.  More impressive was their versatility in the field, playing two different positions during the course of a game throughout the season.  Both volunteered to pitch in a time of need.  That really speaks to their character and team commitment."

Complete list of the 2014 OCCAC Softball Award Winners

Canton South's Uminski Commits to Lakeland

KIRTLAND, Ohio (June 24, 2014) – Katie Uminski, a senior catcher at Canton South High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Lakeland Community College softball program for the 2014-15 academic year.  Uminski was a four-year varsity player and two-time all-conference selection as a member of the Wildcats. Katie Uminski

As a junior, Uminski hit .435 with 35 RBIs en route to second team all-conference honors from the Northeastern Buckeye Conference.  As a senior, she posted a .487 average with 35 RBIs and was named first team all-conference.  A merit roll student and member of the choir, Umisnki also played on the varsity basketball and appeared in the Summit County/Stark County softball all-star game.

The daughter of Debra and Edward Uminski, Katie plans to pursue a degree in American Sign Language at Lakeland.

Coach Morganti on Uminski:  "We've added depth to our catching position by signing Katie.  We expect her to come in and compete for a starting position.  The Canton-Akron area produces very good softball players.  Katie will help us behind the plate and in the middle part of our lineup.  She's excited to be coming to Lakeland and we're excited to have her."

Baldauf Set to Join Lakeland Softball in 2014

 KIRTLAND, Ohio (June 5, 2014) – On Thursday afternoon Lydia Baldauf signed a national letter of intent to join the Lakeland Community College softball program beginning in the fall.  The Ledgemont High School product was a four-year varsity softball player and earned second team all-conference honors in the Northeastern Athletic Conference (NAC) as a junior. 

The daughter of Bonnie and Jeff Baldauf, she spent the past year enrolled at Lakeland through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) program and was named to the Dean's List after the fall semester. 

Coach Morganti on Baldauf: "We're very pleased Lydia has decided to come to Lakeland to further her education and play softball.  She's familiar with the college, having taken PSEO classes here.  Lydia's a good student and will fit in well with our other recruits and returning players.  She gives us pitching depth and can also play the outfield."

McKinley Commits to Lakeland Softball

KIRTLAND, Ohio (April 24, 2014) – Halle McKinley, a standout dual sport student-athlete at nearby Eastlake North High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Lakeland Community College softball program for the 2014-15 academic year.

McKinley played four years of varsity basketball and softball, helping the Rangers claim three Premier Athletic Conference (PAC) championships in basketball as well as a PAC and District title in softball.­­­

In addition to experiencing a wealth of team success, McKinley earned a number of individual awards along the way.  As a freshman she was named Second Team All-PAC and News-Herald Player of the Week during the Rangers' conference-winning basketball season.  That same year the softball team claimed a District championship. 

As a sophomore, McKinley garnered Second Team All-PAC accolades in both softball and basketball while being selected as the defensive MVP in softball. 

One year later, she was selected Honorable Mention (basketball) and First Team (softball) All-PAC and was named Offensive MVP in softball after breaking the school record for hits in a season.

In her final scholastic season, McKinley helped guide the basketball team to another PAC Championship en route to Second Team All-Conference and Ranger of the Year award.  She was also named News-Herald Player of the Week on January 16.

The daughter of Shannon and Brandon Smith and Mike McKinley, she plans to major in Nursing and is currently participating in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) at Lakeland.

Coach Morganti on McKinley: "Halle plays the game with high energy.  She's been a four-year varsity starting shortstop and fields that position well with exceptional range. She can also play third base, so we like her versatility.  Halle is a good contact hitter and can hit the ball to all parts of the field. She is a very good student and will fit into our program well."  

Softball Builds 2014 Recruiting Class with Five Signings

 KIRTLAND, Ohio (February 27, 2014) First year head coach Jeff Morganti signed five incoming freshmen to a national letter of intent to join the Lakeland Community College softball program, marking the first signees of the 2015 class.  "We're very pleased with the early signatures we got from Kaitlyn, Kandis, Kyler, Tayler and Gabby," said Morganti.  "We signed good character players who are also very good students. We are coaching a good group now this spring.  Those returning players and recruits will give us depth which will drive competition and, ultimately, will drive our team's mission and success."

Taylor Gustin

Taylor Gustin is an honors student and three-year varsity player at Madison High School, where she is a two-time Team MVP (2011, 2013) and three-time Golden Glove winner (2011-13).  Gustin earned the Academic Achievement Award from Madison in each of the past four years while also competing as a member of the basketball team.  She earned Honorable Mention all-Premier Athletic Conference (PAC) honors as a junior while helping the Blue Streaks make a district final appearance.  The daughter of Denene and Michael Gustin, Taylor plans to study forensic science at Lakeland.

Coach Morganti on Gustin: "I've seen Tayler play for the last four years in high school and travel ball. This is her fourth year as a varsity starter for Madison, who played in the Division-1 District Finals last season.  She's a left-handed bat we need in our lineup and hit .347 last season. Tayler can play either third base or shortstop. Her height and athleticism give her great range at both positions."

Kandis Laseke

Kandis Laseke is an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society at Elyria High School.  She helped the Pioneers advance to the Division I state finals as a junior while also competing as a member of the volleyball team.  The daughter of Lisa and Chris Laseke, Kandis plans to study accounting and finance at Lakeland.

Kaitlyn Laseke

Kaitlyn Laseke also started for Elyria's state runner-up team and was named the team's most improved player as a junior.  A two-sport student-athlete (softball and volleyball), Laseke also garnered the Ray Wilson Award.  She plans to study criminology at Lakeland.

Coach Morganti on Kandis and Kaitlyn Laseke: ""Kaitlyn and Kandis play for one of the top Division-1 high school programs in the state. Elyria has produced so many talented softball players over the years.  We're extremely happy we're getting two more.  Kaitlyn and Kandis started for their 2013 state runner-up team.  They are very competitive.  Both are versatile defensively.  Kaitlyn will catch this year at Elyria but played the outfield last season.  Kandis will be Elyria's starting shortstop but played outfield last season for the Pioneers.  Both hit for power and average.  They're definitely game changers."

Kyler Steven-Lovejoy

Kyler Steven-Lovejoy is an honor roll student and three-sport athlete at Shaker Heights High School.  She was named to the honor roll as a junior while competing in soccer, softball, and track.  In softball, she collected team MVP (2013) honors and was named to the Lake Erie League (LEL) all-star team.  She was also the recipient of the Ronald O'Neil Starks girl's track award and the outstanding freshman award (2010) as a member of the track team.  Her 4x400 relay team captured first place at the Mentor Cardinal Relays (2011) while her 4x100 team placed second at the LEL Lake Division meet (2011).  The daughter of Terri and Craig Williams, Kyler plans to pursue an associate's degree at Lakeland.

Coach Morganti on Steven-Lovejoy: "We saw Kyler play winterball and felt very strongly about what she could add to our program.  Her high school coach, Amanda Rabatin, who's also a Lakeland graduate, raves about her.  Kyler has played softball for only a few years after running track. Her athleticism is magnified on the softball field.  Her better softball years are in front of her, and we're glad we get the chance to watch her grow into a prolific college player.  Kyler will play the outfield for us."

 
Former Student-Athletes: Where are they now?

Megan Passwaiter - Ursuline (Ohio) College - NCAA Div. II
Rachel Martin - Methodist (N.C.) Univeresity - NCAA Div. III