LCC baseball finishes season strong
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The LCC baseball team wrapped up its season Tuesday, May 6 by splitting a road doubleheader against Henry Ford Community College.
The Stars lost the first game in eight innings 5-4, but won the second game 11-5 to end the season on a positive note.
LCC struggled throughout the season, ending with an overall record of 17-24. The Stars were 7-19 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.
Despite the finish LCC Head Coach Andrew Merchant said his team finished better than last year when the Stars were 15-23.
“I think the program progressed quite a bit over the past year,” Merchant said. “We set some realistic goals that we were able to accomplish and were able to get some big wins.”
According to Merchant, top performers for LCC were sophomores Dylan Schultz, Bailey Magsig and Jordan Mata, and freshman Dylan Monette.
Schultz led the team with a .376 batting average and is committed to playing at Saginaw Valley State University next season.
Magsig ended the season 10th in the nation with a 1.17 ERA. He has many four-year college options, Merchant said.
Mata was second on the Stars with a .321 average. Monette batted .300 while stealing 19 bases in 20 attempts.
Sophomore right fielder/first baseman Jake Stepaniak said he had a good time this year.
“Obviously everyone wants to make playoffs but I enjoyed this season a lot,” Stepaniak said. “We beat some of the top teams this season. I believe we were a better team then what our win-loss record represents.”
Merchant said he is happy with the season and wouldn’t do anything differently.
“On our bus ride home from the last game, I could hear the guys recounting close losses,” Merchant said. “They feel like if we were to play the schedule again, with the improvements that we’ve made, we would be a .500 team.
“We won five of our last eight games and were able to send the sophomores out on a winning note.”