Tyler Mantin

JRNM 151

With just eight regular season games left, the Lorain County Community College Commodores look to finish strong heading into the postseason. With a record of 9-13, head coach Bill Frawley says the season is going exactly how he expected. “We’re beating the teams we’re supposed to, and losing to a few of the tougher teams we’ve faced,” Frawley said. “Our offense has improved a lot since last season, but we’re still not where we want to be. Our pitching has been really strong so far though.”
One reason for the strong pitching has been the addition of a few players who weren’t on the roster last year. Star pitcher Shane Derricotte credits newcomers outfielder and pitcher Zack Minney, and pitcher Mark Flachbart, for stepping up this year. “They’ve both been huge contributors for us this season, especially pitching.” Derricotte said. Minney threw a complete game in a 5-1 victory over Mercyhurst PA, a division 2 powerhouse, giving up no earned runs. With a huge victory like that, the Commodores feel good heading into tournament play. “We can definitely take this thing far as long as we play the way we’re capable of playing all the time,” Derricotte said. “That’s the key, we can’t play down to our competition, we have to be consistent.” Frawley also feels confident as the season winds down. “We’re a very close team. The guys all play for each other, and when you have a team like that, anything can happen.” The Commodores postseason begins May 16.