The Lakers season came to an end Friday night as Lakeland lost a difficult 5-4 game to host Cuyahoga Community College. Earlier in the day, the Lakers had beaten Edison State 7-4 and Cuyahoga had defeated Vincennes University 6-0 to set up the championship game. In this game, the Lakers started quickly as Cody Pittenger started the game off with a walk. After a Garrett Sierra sac bunt, Spencer Schultz put runners at the corners with a single. Adam Samuels and Alex Medina later followed with consecutive RBI singles to give the Lakers a 2-0 lead after one. The Lakers increased their lead to 3-0 in the third inning as a lead-off Sierra single was followed by an RBI double from Schultz.
For Lakeland, Ben Coffman started and pitched seven strong innings allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out five batters. Hudson Widrig relieved and threw 1.1 innings allowing the unearned run in the defeat.
Lakeland coaches state, "We battled throughout the day and played 18 excellent innings. In this second game, we had our chances but just came up one play short. We brought it for 18 innings and it just didn't turn out our way. We are very proud of the effort and the games we played today."