Baseball team hones skills during fall
LCC's Hunter Lay plays behind an opposing runner during fall scrimmage baseball action. Photo by Valerie Sherman
By Jonah Unger
Fall baseball is very important to Steven Cutter, coach of LCC’s baseball team and assistant athletic director.
“We're number two in the country in win percentage since 2016,” Cutter said. “Our fall is very important for us to get out on the field and play other teams,”
LCC mostly plays Division 1 and Division 2 schools throughout Michigan during the fall. None of the games go on the team's official record, because they are scrimmages.
“We don’t play any of the games at home … so we’ve got a lot of disadvantages and we’re well aware of that, but I think that is a great thing for us,” Cutter said. “They are scrimmages. We have umpires, we have fans in the stands and they are treated just like games.”
The team has a 45-person roster, and is scheduled to play a total of 28 games this fall. The Stars began their fall season Aug. 10, and are halfway through the season. Most of their games are on weekends around 1 p.m.
“Your season for baseball and softball basically starts in August and goes until June,” Cutter said. “For us, it’s important for us to see incredible competition during the fall.”
The team has a lot of freshmen as well as many returning players. The Stars went to the College World Series last year and plan to repeat this year.
“What excites me the most is that we have a large number of freshmen,” Cutter said enthusiastically. “The freshmen have a tone of growth and we have so many … The longer the period goes the more growth we see.”
Coach Cutter is not the only one who feels passionate about the fall baseball season. So is LCC sophomore student/athlete Hunter Lay, who plays corner outfield and corner infield.
“I think fall ball can be really beneficial, especially this year; we have a pretty crazy schedule.” Lay said. “To be able to see live pitching … We are able to see D1 schools, D2 schools and maybe see better arms than we would see in the actual season.”