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5 Firestone baseball players select colleges

By mikeb Published: June 17, 2007

Posted by Michael Beaven for the Beacon Journal

Firestone baseball coach Brad Lightfoot confirmed that five Falcons seniors will continue their careers in college.

Infielder Eric Lehman, catcher Ivory Alexander, outfielders Justin Porter and Alex Pantages and pitcher Josh Bartlett form the Firestone quintet. Lehman, Alexander and Porter earned first-team All-City Series honors. Pantages and Bartlett were second-team All-City Series.

Lehman and Alexander were also selected to play in the Mizuno All-Star Game at Jacobs Field in Cleveland according to Lightfoot.

Lehman, Firestone's MVP, will attend Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea after batting .463 with 37 hits, one home run, 19 RBI, 21 runs scored and eight stolen bases.

Alexander is headed to the University of Akron after batting .459 with 39 hits, seven home runs, 29 RBI, 31 runs scored and 21 stolen bases.

Porter selected Cleveland State University after batting .402 with 33 hits, three home runs, nine RBI, 23 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.

Pantages will attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. and plans to play baseball and football. Pantages batted .315 with 23 hits, one home run, seven RBI, 15 stolen bases and 11 runs scored.

Bartlett decided to attend Youngstown State University. He earned the win in Firestone's victory over Woodridge, who advanced to a Division III regional tournament.

The Falcons finished the season 14-14.



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