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Playoffs in sight as for baseball squad

The Lookout

Rich Schenck
Sports Editor

The stakes are high in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association after the LCC baseball team split its doubleheader on the road against Mott CC (4-10 MCCAA, 10-19 overall) April 28.

The Stars lost game one 12-2 in six innings and won the second by a score of 2-1.

The Stars sit in a tie for second with Kellogg CC (12-4 MCCAA, 25-15 overall), two games back of Jackson College (14-2 MCCAA, 26-11 overall) with just over a week left in the season.

“Our goals have always been to make the playoffs and then regionals,” LCC Head Coach Andrew Merchant said. “We are on track to do that.”

After being swept for only the second time all season by Kellogg CC on April 14, Merchant explained that those games don’t necessarily define the rest of the season.

“There are ‘nice to have’ games and ‘need to have’ games,” Merchant said. “They were ‘nice to have’ games that we didn’t get.”

Throughout the season the sophomore class has carried the bulk of the load for LCC, but Merchant acknowledged freshman shortstop Chris Lowe and pitcher/outfielder Andrew Brighton as newcomers who have made an impact in 2016.

“We’ve got some contributions from some different guys,” Merchant said. “Our sophomores are definitely carrying the squad.”

With so few games remaining in the season, Merchant explained that the margin for error is becoming increasingly slim in order to make it to the postseason.

“Really it’s just trying to fine tune things,” Merchant said. “A lot of it is the ability to make in-game adjustments where I think we do a lot of things right. At this point, to compete with the top teams like Kellogg, it’s important to make those adjustments.”

The Stars were scheduled to host St. Clair CC at Westside Park April 30 and begin a six-game road trip beginning at Washtenaw CC May 1. LCC returns home for its season finale against conference-leading Jackson College Tuesday, May 10.

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