Lorain County Community College’s varsity baseball team took a victory with a final score of 16-1 in their first game against Cleveland State University’s club team on April 8.
Now 3-9 midway through the 2015 season, the team displayed both great defense and offense throughout the two games played, despite the lack of visibility brought on by the clouds and fog.
“As a team we are starting to put together much better games,”said left fielder Brian Mahilo. “We seem to be gaining more confidence and chemistry.”
LCCC powered through the first inning with the team running through their player lineup before receiving their third out. They maintained the momentum well into the second inning. With the exception of the third inning (in which there were three back-to-back strikeouts), LCCC was able to hit multiple team members onto the base and home plates.
Although strong pitching allowed CSU to rally for the win (12-2) in the second game, LCCC remained in high spirits with a positive outlook on their future.
“We’re still [aways] from where we need to be, but we’re getting better every time we step out there. It’s a work in progress,” said Garrett Mullins, LCCC’s first baseman and pitcher.
“At the beginning of the season, our team was struggling, new people new positions, and no chemistry so everything was different,” added infielder Norbert Velez. “But looking at where we are now, we are becoming a good solid team that’s ready to play baseball. Not only physically, but mentally too.”
Key players of the game were pitcher Shane Derricotte (Amherst), Angel Flecha (Lorain), left fielder Brian Mahilo (Elyria), centerfielder Cole Rosmarin (Avon Lake) and utility Samer Mustafa (North Olmstead).
The team will be on the road for the next six games before returning to their home field for their final home game against CSU at the Pipeyard on April 22, with the first pitch beginning at 5 p.m.