April 18, 2014

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Elyria rips Avon Lake

AVON LAKE — After beating Avon Lake 11-10 earlier this season, Elyria continued its run-scoring power with a 14-4 win in the American Legion rematch Tuesday at Avon Lake High School.
The game was halted after eight innings by the 10-run mercy rule, the first time Elyria
(12-8) has won by that margin this season. Avon Lake fell to 12-8.
Leading the way at the plate was Grant Nagy, who had four hits, including his first homer of the season, and five runs batted in. He had a double along with two singles, just missing the cycle by a triple.
“Yeh, I knew about it (the chance for the cycle) because everyone on the bench was telling me,” the Keystone High player said.
“I faced (Mike) Rosey during the high school season a couple of times. I was confident at the plate. The whole team hit well today, probably the best we’ve hit all season.”
Nagy didn’t say it was his best game this year. That one came in the spring when he hit two home runs.
Nick Kennedy, Kyle Shaw and Travis Stephens also had big games with their bats. Kennedy and Shaw each had three hits and Stephens had two, one a triple.
“We hit the ball well,” Elyria Post 12 coach Brad Chenoweth said. “We’re getting better every game. We’re really starting to come together.”
Just as impressive as the 16-hit performance was the relief pitching of Nick Simonovich. He took over for starter Corbin Schlather with two outs in the bottom of the fourth and retired the first 10 batters he faced before giving up a walk in the eighth. He allowed no hits and walked only two in his 41/3 innings.
“That kid is really throwing the ball well,” Chenoweth said.
Elyria broke the game wide open with a five-run fourth, highlighted by Nagy’s three-run homer over the left-field fence on a 1-0 pitch.
“They took it to us,” Avon Lake Post 211 coach Mike Dillon said. “They hit the ball very well while we left too many runners in the early innings.”
Avon Lake stranded eight runners in the first four innings.
Contact Jerry Rombach at 329-7135 or jrombach@chroniclet.com.       

Elyria    ab    r    h    bi    A.Lake    ab    r    h    bi

McClurg    5    2    1    0    Dibiasio    2    0    0    0
Stephens    5    2    2    1    Martinez    1    0    0    0
Kennedy    5    2    3    5    Abed    2    1    1    0
Shaw    5    2    3    0    C.Nealon    4    1    1    1
Nagy    6    3    4    5    Dunn    2    1    0    0
Schlather    0    0    0    0    Skinner    0    0    0    0
Simonovich    0    0    0    0    Latsko    2    0    1    0
Allen    3    1    0    0    Ldhman    1    0    0    0
Koubek    0    0    0    0    Valentin    4    0    1    0
Starkey    4    1    2    2    Dillon    2    0    0    0
Rua    5    0    1    0    S.Nealon    0    0    0    0
Gentile    3    1    0    0    Rosey    2    0    0    0
                    Helgeson    2    0    0    0
                    Ruschau    3    1    2    0
                    Harrison    0    0    0    0
Totals    41    14    16    13    Totals    27    4    6    1

Batteries: Schlather, Simonovich and Gentile, Rosey, Helgeson and Ruschau; 2b: Valentin, Starkey 2, Kennedy, Nagy; 3b: Stepherns; HR: Nagy 1; Sac: Dillon, Abed; DP: Valentin to Dibiasio to Dunn; SB: Abed, Nealon, Dunn, Latsko, Dillon, Rua, Gentile; E: Dunn, Latsko, Rosey; LOB: Elyria 12, Avon Lake 10.

Elyria    014        503        01    —    14    16    0
A. Lake    201        100        00    —    4    6    3

Pitchers    ip    h    r    er    bb    so
Schlather  (w) (1-1)    3 2/3    6    5    5    3    1
Simonovich    4 1/3    0    0    0    2    2
Rosey (L) (2-3)    4    10    10    8    4    1
Helgeson    4    6    4    3    4    3

WP: Rosey, HB: Dunn 2 (by Schlather), Starkey (by Rosey), PB: Ruschau