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Four Storm baseball players earn AMCC honors
Another first for the Lake Erie College baseball program, this time as four players earn All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) honors, including junior second baseman John Shaposka (Concord, Ohio/Cornerstone) as a first-team selection and junior left fielder Harry Konrad (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), sophomore designated hitter Ben Reed (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) and freshman third baseman Mario Lombardo (Madison, Ohio/Madison) as second-team picks. Never before has the Storm had more than three players recognized with postseason conference honors.
Shaposka hit .400 this season with 44 hits in 110 at bats. He set a program season record for doubles with 17 and was the team leader in RBIs with a season record 38. He scored 34 runs and had a personal season-best five home runs. He earned AMCC Player of the Week honors earlier this season, with the first-team honor being the first of his collegiate career.
Konrad, another first-time postseason honoree, was an AMCC Player of the Week this year. He hit .381 with a team-high 51 hits in 134 at bats. He scored 34 runs and had 25 RBIs. He set a season record for singles with 35 and also tallied 13 doubles and three home runs.
Reed, who missed 13 games with a broken hand midway through the season, finished the year with a program record .421 batting averaging totaling 48 hits in 110 at bats. He led the team with a .702 slugging percentage and tied the program season record for home runs with eight. He also had eight doubles and 35 RBIs in his second collegiate campaign that included back-to-back AMCC postseason accolades.
Lombardo hit .350 for the Storm with 42 hits in 120 at bats. He racked up 10 doubles and tied the program season record with eight home runs. He also had 29 runs scored and 34 RBIs.
The Storm went 17-27 this season, earning the most wins ever in a season. The team’s 10-8 AMCC record was the first above .500 league record in six years of membership. It earned Lake Erie its highest AMCC finish of second place, while also giving the team its first bid to the AMCC Tournament where it won two games.