By Ryan Craighead
LBCC baseball finished the 2013 season 21-15 and 12-9 in conference, the first winning season since 2009.
The Vikings’ most impressive stretch of the season was an eight-game win streak from March 19 to April 6, outscoring their opponents 48-10 and pitching three shutouts during that span.
LBCC had three hitters to play in every game and hit over .300 to lead the team. Sophomore third baseman Ray Patchen hit .358 with 24 runs batted in, freshman outfielder Daniel Pitts hit .321 with 29 RBI and sophomore outfielder Derrick Garcia hit .311 and two triples.
The strength of the Vikings was the pitching staff that featured three freshman starters with earned run averages under 3.00. Sean Hale logged 76.2 innings, had a 2.11 era with three complete games, Edgar Nava started 12 games, pitched 72.1 innings and had a 2.61 era and Nick Wood struck out 7.21 batters per nine innings and had a 2.40 era.
LBCC pitching is ranked 10 in the state with a 2.72 team era.