Lake Erie's Adam Beach tossed a scoreless inning in the Prospects League All-Star game July 13th while Storm teammate Tyler Minnich was an all-star alternate in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League. Each ranks among the leaders in wins and ERA in their respective summer leagues.
Lake Erie shortstop Ryan Rua was picked in the 17th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday (June 7) by the defending American League champion Texas Rangers. The first player in school history to be drafted, Rua was the 23rd pick of the round and 534th overall.
Ryan Rua and Brandon James were named first-team All-Midwest Region by the coaches after earning second-team honors in 2010. Matt Toth was an ABCA second team selection while also taking home Gold Glove accolades.
Junior Ryan Rua and senior Brandon James were named to the 2011 Daktronics, Inc. Baseball All-Midwest Region First Team by a vote of the region's sports information directors. The two now advance to the national ballot for All-American consideration.
Brandon James and Ryan Rua were named to the All-GLIAC First Team while Matt Toth was a second-team pick. Jae Leeworthy and Doug Fox received honorable mention honors from the conference coaches. The all-league teams were announced on Thursday night (May 12).
Lake Erie and Wayne State combined for just 17 total runs in the four game series and none of the games were decided by more than two runs including Sunday as the Warriors won two one-run games on Senior Day at Classic Park. Senior Brandon James had two hits and scored twice in his final day in a Storm uniform.
Adam Beach tossed a complete-game one-hitter with a career-high nine strikeouts in a 2-1 win in the first game Saturday, but the Storm dropped a 3-1 decision in game two on the next to last day of the regular season. That loss eliminated Lake Erie from playoff contention.
Brandon James had two hits in each game, but Lake Erie's postseason chances took a hit on Thursday with 8-2 and 4-3 losses on the road at Ohio Dominican. However the Storm remains in the playoff picture heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Cody Blood had a career-high four hits, including a home run, and drove in a career-best four runs and Zach Mobarger delivered the game-winning blast in the 12th inning as the Storm won a wild 8-6 extra innings contest in the opener to win its 20th game for the first time. Lake Erie rallied in game two, but fell short in a 9-8 loss to the Cardinals.
Lake Erie was held to just three runs in the two games by Cardinals pitching and went down 3-1 and 7-2 in the first two games of their four-game set. Despite the game one loss, Adam Beach pitched a complete game allowing just three hits and two earned runs.
Brandon James hit a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth inning of game two to cap a doubleheader sweep of visiting Ashland Thursday, 4-2. Ryan Rua hit the go ahead home run in a 5-4 win in the opener as the Storm won its 19th game of the year, a school single season record.
The Lake Erie College softball team added a pair of GLIAC games at Ashland University today (Wednesday, April 27) while the baseball team, originally scheduled to play Ashland, has pushed its games back to tomorrow (Thursday, April 28).
Ryan Rua hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, as the Storm outlasted Northwood 11-9 in game one Saturday. Jae Leeworthy and Zach Mosbarger each went deep in the fifth inning of game two as the Storm rallied for a 4-3 win.
Despite a strong start from Michael Backes and a home run by Ryan Rua, a pair of errors by the Storm led to a five-run sixth inning and a 6-3 Northwood win in the series opener Friday. Game two was rained out.
Brayan Cacique delivered a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning to back a complete game by Adam Beach and lift Lake Erie to a 6-5 win in Sunday's second game, snapping the Storm's five-game losing streak. The host Oilers won game one 4-0.
Jae Leeworthy homered in both games and drove in a combined seven runs while Brayan Cacique also homered in each contest Sunday as the Storm swept a twinbill from visiting Tiffin on Sunday. LEC rallied from a 7-0 deficit for a 14-7 win in game one and Tyler Minnich tossed a complete game in the second for a 9-1 win and four-game series sweep of the Dragons.
Matt Toth drove in the winning run in game one after another strong start by Logan Nordquist and Brian Kilway followed with a complete game in the nightcap as Lake Erie swept a doubleheader from visiting Tiffin, 4-3 and 6-2, on Saturday in Eastlake.
Junior Glenn Stewart tossed a six-hit shutout in a 6-0 game one victory Thursday. The Eagles took a back-and-forth game two that featured a little bit of everything, including the hidden ball trick, 5-4 in 10 innings.
Lake Erie will travel to Ashalnd on Thursday after inclement weather forced a postponement on Wednesday (April 6). In addition, the Storm also announced Saturday's doubleheader against Tiffin will be played at Classic Park in Eastlake.
Michael Backes and Brian Kilway combined to scatter 10 singles, one walk and nine strikeouts in 13 innings of work on Sunday. After dropping game one 3-2 in eight innings, the Storm rebounded for a 5-3 win in game two to salvage a 2-2 weekend. Ryan Rua went 4-for-4 at the plate in the opener and had two more hits in game two while Brandon James drove in three runs on the day.