PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The Lake Erie College baseball team will be under the direction of a new head coach for the 2017 season as Lake Erie alumnus Cameron Castro takes over the head coach. The Storm finished the 2016 season with an 18-29 record overall and a 14-18 GLIAC mark.
We feel good with the guys returning on offense, such as Williams and Rua, said Castro. We also have some depth returning from last year on the mound. This year, we will look for good leadership, solid defense and to create some scoring opportunities with our baserunning.
The Storm lost some of their offensive leaders to graduation last season and one to the MLB Draft in Luke Raley. Lake Erie will have two returners on offense that ranked in the team top five for average last year. Catcher Nigel Williams and outfielder Rees Rua, both sophomores, will return for the Storm in 2016. Last year, Rua batted .347 with 35 hits, six doubles, and 14 runs batted in. Williams was fifth on the team with a .344 batting average with 45 hits, seven doubles, and four homeruns. Williams was second on the team with 37 runs batted in. As a team, the Storm hit .305.
The Storm will have their top pitcher return to the Storm dugout in 2017. Junior David Lemasters led the Storm in starts (11), wins (5), innings pitched (66.1), strikeouts (75) and ERA (4.05). Lemasters will be joined by classmate Michael Stryffeler among other returners and newcomers for the Storm.