2013 Storm Review: Baseball

This is the final part of a four-part series recapping the spring sports for the Lake Erie College Storm. Some of the recaps have comments from the coaches and some will not.

Here are links to the first three pieces of the series.

Men’s Lacrosse

Softball

Women’s Lacrosse

The Lake Erie Storm baseball team ended the 2012 season with heartbreak in more than one way. They were eliminated from the GLIAC tournament on a squeeze bunt in the 15th inning and then suffered the loss of their teammate Reid Rizzo. Rizzo passed away in early June from a condition called cardiomyopathy. The team adopted a motto to look past the loss of a great teammate, player and kid. They wanted to “Press On” in his honor. The team had a hard time getting moving in the 2013 season.

Record: 18-30 (.375)

  • Home: 9-8
  • Away: 6-18
  • Neutral: 3-4
  • Conference: 14-18 (.438)

Notes: Entering the 2013 season, the Storm had an all-time record of 148-289 (.339) through 11 seasons. The Storm looked to build off the momentum of the program’s only two 20-win seasons and the only winning season in history. They got off on the wrong foot, making the season an uphill battle. Ending the season 12 games under .500, they now have a D2 record of 100-146, a GLIAC record of 50-52 and an overall record in 12 seasons of 166-319. Coach Brian McGee entered the 2013 season one win from 100 wins, he finishes the season with 117 wins in 290 games.

Streaks: The Storm opened the season on a seven-game losing streak and could not really get moving after that. They were a streaky team as they could not get on a consistent roll. At times, they would win two games and lose three, win three and lose four. They had five multiple-game winning streaks throughout the season, along with six multiple-game losing streaks. The longest winning streak in 2013 was a four-game streak near the end of the season.

High Point: 0-0 on 2/22 before the season started.

Low Point: 11-26 on 4/26 after a loss to Malone.

Team Stats (Batting):

Stat Overall Rank (out of 12) Conference Rank (out of 12)
Games 48 32
Runs 214 8 145 8
Hits 401 6 262 T-4
RBI 190 8 127 7
Extra Base Hits (2B/3B/HR) 87 (62/8/17) 6 54 (36/5/13) T-7
Total Bases 530 5 347 5
Walks 147 8 91 10
Strikeouts 283 2 202 2
Stolen Bases 32 T-7 21 6
Batting Average .277 8 .276 7
On-Base % .351 9 .348 10
Slugging % .367 6 .366 6

Team Stats (Pitching):

Stat Overall Rank (out of 12) Conference Rank (out of 12)
Earned Run Average 5.61 12 4.87 8
Saves 6 5
Hits 415 8 247 8
Runs 271 10 163 8
Earned Runs 226 12 132 9
Walks 172 9 112 9
Strikeouts 304 11 212 12
Home Runs Allowed 24 12 17 12
Innings Pitched 362.1 7 244 9

Individual Leaders (Batting):

Player Games Hits RBI 2B 3B HR BB R SB AVG OBP SLG
Aaron Lindgren 38 43 31 5 4 8 13 30 8 .331 .389 .615
Zach DeCamp 46 50 21 11 0 5 12 27 4 .311 .358 .472
Cody Blood 48 49 23 11 1 1 16 20 0 .299 .372 .396
Zach Mosbarger 48 42 16 5 1 1 11 21 3 .290 .346 .359
Pat Kilway 47 43 22 7 0 1 12 13 2 .277 .343 .342

Individual Leaders (Pitching):

Player Games Started Games Record Innings Pitched Hits Runs Earned Runs Walks Strikeouts ERA
Russ Hogue (S/R) 5 10 2-2 36.1 37 19 14 16 16 3.47
Brad Raley (S) 8 9 2-4 47.0 45 29 22 17 60 4.21
Adam Beach (S) 9 9 4-3 45.1 39 27 24 27 41 4.26
Logan Nordquist (S) 10 12 1-9 52.2 68 37 30 13 36 5.13
D.J. Stasny (R) 0 9 0-0 5 6 3 1 6 2 1.80
Heath Kelley (R) 1 18 3-4 22.1 19 10 5 16 19 2.01
Pat Sinko (R) 0 15 0-0 10.1 10 4 3 3 9 2.61

Seniors: 11

As the Storm brought in nine freshman for the season, they said goodbye to 12 seniors at the end of the season. Those seniors were: Adam Beach, Zach Mosbarger, Tim Birch, Cody Blood, Jimmie Shaw, Pat Kilway, Pat Sinko, Tyler Minnich, JD Ingalls, Logan Nordquist and Doug Fox. The Storm will lose three starters in the lineup, two key parts of the rotation and six relievers. Hopefully, the Storm can recruit some great guys to fill in those spots if they do not have the internal options.

Awards: The Storm did not earn any regular season awards but they were represented by four different players in the final GLIAC awards.

  • 5/8: All-GLIAC Second Team: Cody Blood and Aaron Lindgren
  • 5/8: All-GLIAC Honorable Mention: Zach DeCamp and Brad Raley
  • 5/14: GLIAC All-Tournament Team: Aaron Lindgren

Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Lindgren

This was a very easy choice for me to choose the Offensive Player of the Year. Lindgren suffered an torn labrum during the football season and required surgery and rehab. He made his 2013 season debut on March 16 after missing the team’s first nine games. In 38 games, he led the team with a batting average of .331. He led the team with 31 RBI’s, four triples, eight home runs, 30 runs and eight stolen bases. Aaron was patient at the plate with a 13:19 BB/K ratio. Despite the smaller sample size, Lindgren contributed from his first at-bat through the end of the season. He was named to the All-GLIAC second team and the All-Tournament Team.

Rookie of the Year: Zach DeCamp

Out of nine freshman that joined the Storm in the fall of 2012, no one knew which one would be the one to help this lineup or rotation. When it came to deciding the top freshman, it was pretty clear who to choose. DeCamp switched between the hot corner and first base, playing in 46 of the team’s 48 games. DeCamp had the second highest average at .311 while leading the team with 50 hits including 11 doubles and five homers. He had a great first year and he could be a big help for the Storm in the next three years.

Pitcher of the Year: Adam Beach

Beach, a fifth year senior, could have been called the Storm’s ace coming into 2013 as he was coming of a great season in 2012. In a year that the Storm pitching staff struggled, he still managed to put the Storm in position to win games. Beach had a record of 4-3 in 9 games. He threw 45.1 innings, allowing 39 hits, 27 runs and 24 earned runs. He gave up 27 walks and 41 strikeouts. He finished with a 4.76 ERA, lower than a team ERA of 5.61. He broke a Lake Erie record for career wins with his 15th win on March 24th.

I will be back throughout the summer with posts about the Indians and the minor league teams. I will start the Inside the Storm back up  in the fall sports. Until then, have a great summer!

RAGE ON!!

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About tstotsky

I am a graduate of Lake Erie College and a huge baseball fan. I am a beat writer for Indians Baseball Insider, covering the Lake County Captains, Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
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