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Baseball Set for 2017 Season

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Head Coach Rich Billings enters his second season at the helm of the Lakehawks and with a year of recruiting under his belt, looks to have a bounce back season. LSSC finished 2016 with a record of 12-33, 4-19. The team hit .283 and averaged just under six runs per game.

The program will welcome back 13 returning players from last year’s squad. Jay Prather returns as one of the team’s top hitters boasting a .360 average with 20 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .422. Prather earned second team All Mid-Florida accolades during his freshman year. Left handed pitcher, Josh Jimenez will hold down the top spot in the rotation. Jimenez, who has already inked a scholarship to N.C. State, racked up 38 strikeouts in 30.1 innings before going down with a season ending injury.

Tucker Smith and Matt Martin will also be arms to watch in 2017. Smith led the Lakehawks in innings pitched in 2016 with 11 starts that included one complete game. With a 4-1 record during his rookie campaign, Martin looks to elevate his game after an injury took away part of his season. He will enter the year as the No. 3 starter. After finishing fourth on the team with 24 RBIs, Jesse Getford is ready for a breakout sophomore season. The third baseman is coming off a season where he hit .325 in 35 games.

Coach Billings brought in 12 new players, including five incoming freshman and seven transfers. The transfers include Jarred Neal (South Florida State College), Kyle Wiseman (University of North Alabama), Ray Santiago (Clarendon College, TX), Patrick Finkelstein (College of Charleston, SC), Austin Butler (Weatherford College, TX), Jason Baita (Daytona State College) and Brandon Suttles (Faulkner University, AL).

“I’m really looking forward to watching this group of players compete,” Said coach Billings. “We have a roster with 18 sophomores, so we are returning a ton of experience and maturity.”

When asked about the pitching staff, coach Billings said, “Our pitching staff has improved immensely. Josh Jimenez & Matt Martin will be two really big pieces of the puzzle. They both have great stuff and I feel like our guys know we have a shot to win every time they’re on the mound.”

“I believe our bats will pick up where they left off with Jay Prather, Jesse Getford, and Jeremy Migliori anchoring our offense.” Billings added. “They have the potential to not only score a lot of runs but to drive in a ton as well. We will definitely rely on them heavily to keep us moving in the right direction offensively.” 

Baseball will get started Friday, January 27 as they host Polk State for a 3:00 pm start.​




M
auer Earns 1st Team All State Honors
Austin Mauer hitting 

LSSC catcher, Austin Mauer, has been named to the FCSAA All State Team as a 1st team catcher.  The Lakehawk backstop broke the single season record for batting average in 2016 after hitting .410 on the year.  He also pounded out six homeruns, 14 doubles, and 31 RBI's.  Mauer will attend Division II Sunshine State Conference power, Florida Southern College, in the fall of 2016.  


 

Three Lakehawks Earn Postseason Honors

 

The LSSC Baseball Program saw three of it's players earn All-Mid Florida Conference Honors on Tuesday.

Sophomore catcher Austin Mauer (Pictured Middle) earned 1st Team Honors turning in a record-breaking year.  Mauer led the team in batting average hitting .410 which surpassed the all time record of .391 held by JD Huether since 2000.  Mauer hit 6 homeruns and collected 31 RBI and 14 doubles.  Mauer was also named the nubmer three prospect out of the Mid Florida Conference's top 10.

Sophomore outfielder Danny Cumba (Pictured Left) also was selected to the 1st Team.  Cumba hit .319 with 3 HR's, 4 triples, 10 doubles, and led the team in RBI's with 38.

Freshman infielder Jay Prather (Pictured Right) earned a spot on the 2nd Team while finishing 2nd in batting average for the Lakehawks at .360.  Prather also led the team in hits (58), had five doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, and 20 RBI's. 


 
LSSC Baseball Releases Summer Youth Camp Dates
2015 Summer Youth Baseball Camp 

Head Baseball Coach, Rich Billings and the Lakehawk Baseball Program will be hosting its annual youth summer camp in June 2016.  The Lakehawks will host two sessions this summer.  The first session runs from June 13th - June 17th and the second session will be held the following week from June 20th - June 24th.  Get more information along with the registration form in our "Camps" section!   


Lake
hawks Drop Conference Opener to Daytona State 4-0
Batter During Lakehawks Drop Conference Opener to Daytona State 

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The LSSC baseball team opened up conference play on Wednesday at home against Daytona State College.  Daytona starting pitcher, Guage Hutchison, held the Lakehawks to just one hit on the day as he hurled a complete game shutout moving the Falcons to 1-0 in the Mid Florida Conference.  

The lone hit for the Lakehawks came off the bat of LSSC outfielder Danny Cumba (pictured above) in the bottom of the 9th with one out when he reached first on an infield single. 

Taking the loss for the Lakehawks on the mound was right hander Tucker Smith who falls to 2-2 on the season.  Smith went seven innings, giving up eight hits and four runs (0 earned) while walking none and striking out three.  The Lakehawks defensive struggles continued, leading to the four unearned runs.

LSSC will be back on the field on Friday when they travel to Daytona Beach for game two of the 3-game set.  Game time is 3:00PM.


 
 

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Jesse Getford is greeted at home plate after belting his 1st homerun of the season(Above) Jesse Getford is greeted at home plate after belting his 1st homerun of the season
 

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hawks were able to overcome four errors on Friday to cruise to a 9-2 victory against the visiting Titans of St. Pete College.  The scoring began in the bottom of the first inning with a 2-out walk to Patch McClellan.  Jeremy Migliori then reached on an error.  Austin Mauer laced a ball through the middle to score McClellan from second to put the Lakehawks up 1-0. 

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ehawks would not score again until the bottom of the 6th when Danny Cumba led off with a double down the right field line.  Jesse Getford followed with a single that moved Cumba to third.  Brooks Estrada then reached on a fielders choice allowing Cumba to score from third

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kehawks busted it open in the bottom of the 7th scoring five runs on five hits.  They would add another two runs in the 8th when Jesse Getford blasted his first homerun of the season; a 2-run shot over the left field fence.

On the mound Matt Martin was stellar for the Lakehawks going seven innings, giving up four hits and only two runs while striking out four.  He moves to 4-1 on the season.  The Lakehawks are now 8-7 on the year.  They will be back in action tomorrow when they travel to Clearwater for the second game against St. Pete College at 1PM.

 


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akehawks Lose to Eastern Florida State

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kehawks got off to a great start on Wednesday afternoon plating five runs in the first two innings but could not hold off the 22-hit barage by the Eastern Florida State Titans who beat LSSC 17-9 in a 7 1/2 inning game called because of darkness. 

Tucker Smith got the start for the Lakehawks and pitched five innings giving up five runs (3 earned).  Matt Martin took the loss in relief which was his first of the ye

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ehawks had a good day at the plate collecting 13 hits and scoring nine runs but on the defensive side they were plagued by errors committing five total. 

Offensively, LSSC was led by Jay Prather (pictured above), Austin Mauer, and Brooks Estrada, who each collected three hits on the day.  Taylor Westbrook had 2 hits and Patch McClellan added a 2-RBI doub

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kehawks fall to 7-7 on the season and will be back in action at home on Friday, Feb. 20th at 1:00PM when they host St. Pete College.


 

Jimenez Tosses a Gem in 3-2 Win Over Hillsborough!

Josh Jimenez Pitching 

 2/15/16

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akehawks defeated Hillsborough Community College behind the outstanding pitching performance of left hander, Josh Jimenez who improved to 2-1 on the year. Jimenez gave up a single earned run in the top of the first inning but was then nearly perfect through the next six, walking just 2 and collecting five strik

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Lakehawks bounced right back in the bottom of the first inning scoring two runs of their own and would lead for the remainder of the game.  Miguel DeGuzman came on in the eighth inning with two outs and recorded his first save of the year going an inning and a third and striking out two.  The Lakehawks improved to 7-6 on the season.

 


 

LSSC Baseball Falls to Indian River 4-1

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Lakehawks dropped a tough road loss in Ft. Pierce on Sunday afternoon losing to Indian River State College 4-1. Left hander, John Padich, took the loss for LSSC after a stsrong outing, going 6.1 innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned. Padich falls to 0-1 on the y

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e Lakehawks struggled to gain momentum on offense putting runners in scoring position in six of the nine innings.  LSSC finally got on the board in the top of the 7th when first baseman Patch McClellan lined a 3-2 pitch through the left side to score Ryan Kelley from second. 

The Pioneers came back in the bottom of the 7th with four runs on 3 hits, taking advantage of 2 LSSC fielding errors. 

Offensively the Lakehawks were led by Taylor Westbrook who was 2 for 3 with two singles, two stolen bases and a hit-by-

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he Lakehawks are back in action Monday night at Pat Thomas Stadium at 6:00PM when they take on Hillsborough Community College

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 Lakehawks Cruise to Home Opening Win Over Webber Warriors!

 

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016 Lakehawks are off to a good start wrapping up their first weekend with a 12-5 victory over the Webber International JV team.  The Lakehawks were led offensively by first baseman Patch McClellan and outfielder Jesse Getford (above) who contributed three hits each on the day.  Austin Mauer also continued his early season tear by adding two hits of his own to bring his batting average to .889 (10 for 11) which currently leads the nation.  Mauer singled in the 2nd and then homered for the second time in as many days in th

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The Lakehawks also continued to get quality starting pitching as freshmen, Matt Martin, took the mound for his first start of the year.  The freshman turned in a stellar performance going seven strong innings, allowing five hits, one earned run, and striking out

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The Lakehawks are back on the field on Wednesday when they travel to South Florida State College in Avon Park for a 5:00 game.  Left-hander, Josh Jimenez, is expected to get the start for LSSC. 


 
 

LSSC Baseball Inks Pair of North Marion Standouts

 Signing of Evan Vandenventer and Nick Wright

LSSC Baseball Coach Rich Billings announced the signing of Evan Vandenventer (Left) & Nick Wright (Right) on Thursday, January 28th.  Vandeventer is a RHP and Wright is a left-handed hitting corner infielde

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Lakehawks Sign A Leesburg Yellow Jacket

Signing of Junior Long 

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he Lakehawks added some depth to their outfield with the signing of Leesburg High School center fielder, Junior Long.  The Long family is no stranger to LSSC as Junior's older brother Tanner Long played outfielder for the Lakehawks in 2014 & 2015 while Long's sister, Taylorrose Long, is a freshman on the LSSC softball team.

 


 

Lakehawks Bag Another Local Standout!

 Signing of Allen Cripe

Lake-Sumter State College signed its second local standout in as many weeks as East Ridge High School catcher, Allen Cripe, inked his National Letter of Intent on Monday, Jan. 25th.  Cripe joins Eustis High School's Tanner Clark as the newest member of the Lakehawk's 2016 recruiting class.  


 

LSSC Baseball Hosts Annual Alumni Game

 

 LSSC Baseball Annual Alumni Game

The LSSC Baseball Program hosted it's annual alumni game on Sat., Jan. 16th.  

 

 

LSSC Baseball Signs Eustis High Standout, Tanner Clark!

 Siging of Tanner Clark

LSSC Head Baseball Coach Rich Billings is excited to announce the signing of Eustis High School C/2B Tanner Clark to a National Letter of Intent!

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Jimenez Signs with Wolfpack!

 
Siging of Josh Jimenez 

 

Congratulations to LSSC left handed pitcher, Josh Jimenez, who signed with NC State University during the early signing period!


 Billings Returns to LSSC to Lead Baseball Program

Coach Rich Billings

Former LSSC Baseball Coach Rich Billings returns after spending the 2013 and 2014 seasons as an assistant coach at Florida Atlantic University.  The 2015 season was spent as the Head Coach at Leesburg High School.  

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