Stars win behind Brighton’s pitching
By Brodee Gillam
LCC’s baseball team is performing well in all situations this season, as the 2-1 win against Delta College on March 24 indicated.
The victory, which came in the nightcap of a doubleheader, improved the Stars’ record to 11-4.
Sophomore pitcher Andrew Brighton set the tone for LCC in the win with dominant pitching. Brighton only gave up one earned run and four hits in a seven-inning, complete-game outing.
Brighton said his defense elevated his performance on the mound.
“My team behind me helped me out tremendously,” Brighton said. “They made some big plays out in the field, which helped keep runners off the bases.”
Huard said Brighton’s resolve is a quality that sticks out.
“The thing I love best about Andrew is his competitive nature,” Huard said. “There’s no doubt in my mind when we send Andrew out on the mound he’s going to give us a very competitive start, a good effort and, most of all, he’s going to compete and that’s what he did.
“He kept us in the game, he gave us opportunities to put pressure on their defense … Which in turn ended up allowing us to win the game.”
Sophomore catcher Carson Eby had the Stars lone RBI in a game where offense was scarce on both sides. Sophomore Christian Keller and freshmen Hunter Ruhstorfer scored both of LCC’s runs.
LCC dropped the ball in the first game of the twinbill against the Pioneers, losing 6-5 in the 10th inning. The Stars gave up 11 hits and made two errors.
Stars Head Coach Drew Huard said sophomore pitcher Blake Dahlstrom had a strong eight-strikeout game, but the Stars’ bats could not clinch the win for Dahlstrom.
“I think he did a really good job, especially in the early innings, of using his people; using the defense that we had,” Huard said. “That made his pitches in the latter innings that much better. That’s the type of pitcher he is.
“He’s going to have a lot of strikeouts. He’ll probably contend at the end of the season in having the most strikeouts in the league.”
The Stars’ next home doubleheader is scheduled against Glen Oaks CC on Thursday, April 6 at Westside Park in Lansing, with the first game starting at 2 p.m.