Titans Pitcher Ryan Ledat Commits to Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio

by Lawrence Vera

18U pitcher Ryan Ledat became the second Titan from the Class of 2023 to commit to a US College this week. The veteran Titans hurler signed his letter of intent to play for the Lakeland Community College Lakers in Ritland, Ohio for the 2023-24 NJCAA season.  Ledat explained how this year’s recently-completed US College Trip—a bus trek to fifteen American Colleges in fifteen days-- helped him narrow down his post-secondary choice:  “When we went to Lakeland for our Fall College Trip, I got the opportunity to pitch while we were there for our game. While at Lakeland, I felt it was a comfortable environment. I enjoyed my conversations with Coach Howie Krause on multiple occasions, and ultimately chose Lakeland in the end.” In addition to his connection to Coach Krause and the Lakeland D2 baseball program, the Barrie, Ontario resident is also “excited about the new experience of living away from home and being in a new environment. When we were leaving Lakeland during the College Trip, we got on the road and 20 minutes later, our bus passed Progressive Field which is home to the Cleveland Guardians.  Knowing a city like Cleveland was so close made Lakeland a very attractive school choice, as well.”

The Honor Roll graduate of Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie will be furthering his education by “studying business and accounting while at Lakeland.”  Ledat delineated his goals at Lakeland Community College as a business major and a pitcher for the Lakers:   “My goals at Lakeland are to be able to graduate after my 2 years there as a student and as well help my teammates with anything they need academically and athletically.”

Ever the team-player, Ledat offered thanks to his Head Coach and College Placement Officer Denis Bailey for securing his position as a student-athlete at Lakeland:  “Coach Bailey played a huge part in helping me find a good fit at a US College. He never sugar-coated it and I trusted him with this process entirely.”  The veteran Titans pitcher also noted the importance of the baseball community to which he has belonged for three years:  “Being a Titan has been rewarding in all facets of life and has really helped me mature and get me to where I am now as baseball player committed to a US College.”

When asked about his highlight as a Titan, Ledat expressed his appreciation to the ball club, but found it difficult to focus on just one event:  “There is no way I can narrow down one moment of being a Titan for the last 3 years. I’ve enjoyed all parts of it from the laughs down to Coach Bailey’s infamous box drill. I’ll always appreciate this program in terms of what it’s brought me and what they continue to do for me.”  

By having fulfilled his goal to be a student-athlete at a US College, the 18U Titans pitcher suggested some strategies for the younger Titans who will follow in his footsteps:  “For the younger guys—they need to just keep working and realize they have so much time in one day to not make excuses and just get things done. Academics are always needed to be a top priority as well.  The young Titans need to put as much time and work into their school projects as they do for practice, games, and workouts.”

Congratulations, Ryan, on your commitment to the Lakeland Community College Lakers of Kirtland, Ohio.  The Titans Baseball Club is proud of your achievements.  All the best in your final tour of duty as a Titan during the 2023 18U CPBL season!