Cody Gunselman has gotten himself into the Ohio High School Athletic Association`s record book.
Gunselman, a senior right-handed pitcher for Midview, is 21st on the list of Ohio high school players for most consecutive innings pitched without allowing a run. Gunselman achieved that earlier this season by throwing 212/3 straight innings before he allowed a run.
Gunselman moved ahead of Tyler Overbee of Carey, who threw 20 consecutive shutout innings in 2002.
The record? Gunselman was not even close. Dan Wannemacher of Delphos St. John`s (why do these players and/or teams always seem to come out of the Midwest Athletic Conference?) owns it with 63 scoreless innings in a row. That one just might be a Joe DiMaggio consecutive-game-hitting-streak hurdle.
Gunselman`s streak began with a complete-game shutout of Keystone on April 4. He followed that with a shutout of Bay and kept the run going with six scoreless innings against Rocky River.
It finally ended April 27 when he gave up two runs to North Ridgeville. Gunselman recorded two outs in that game to bring the total to 202/3.
Gunselman is one of the area`s hottest pitchers. He is 6-1 with an earned run average below 1.00. He has pitched 36 1/3 innings, allowing 25 hits and five earned runs. He struck out 25 while giving up just seven walks and has four complete games.
One name on the same list that ought to catch the eyes of local baseball fans is Chad Billingsley, the star right-hander for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Billingsley tossed 24 straight scoreless innings for Defiance in 2001.
Vipers strike again
Once again, members of the North Coast Vipers summer baseball teams are enjoying stellar seasons on their Lorain County high school teams.
The Vipers 18 and Under team includes Anthony Labondono of Vermilion, who won his sixth game Monday and leads the area in strikeouts (58). He is one of the area`s top hitters as well, with three home runs.
Joining Labondono on the 18U team are Elyria stars D.J. Hallauer, Nolan Neuschaefer and Dan Poskocil. Teammate Sean Zahars is on the club, as is Midview pitcher Nick Miller. Check the list of area statistical leaders this week. They`re all there somewhere.
Ian Mezlak of Clearview, the leading hitter in the Patriot Athletic Conference (.529) is on the Vipers` 16 and Under team. So is another Vermilion star, Cameron Zima, one more fine pitcher to come out of that program.
Joining them are Elyria slugger Jacob Neuschaefer (.390, four homers) and Elyria pitcher Brandon Grunda, and Midview`s Jacob Stracensky. Again, all can be found listed among the area statistical leaders.
Off and running
Don Greenleaf became Vermilion`s career leader in stolen bases last week. He swiped 11 of them and had 23 for the season as of Monday.
Greenleaf entered the season needing just 13 steals to shatter the school record of 52. He now has 63 for his career.
Contact Steve Byrne at 329-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andrew Sprenger, Amherst
POSITIONS: Third base/first base
LAST WEEK: Had seven hits in 12 official
at-bats. Hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and two doubles, driving in 10 runs. Sprenger raised his batting average from .261 to .375.
OTHER SPORTS: None
FREE TIME: Andrew likes to play golf and relax with his friends.
SUMMER TEAM: Ohio Orioles
FUTURE PLANS: Although just a junior, Andrew says he definitely has attending college in mind. He would like to major in business administration and would love to play varsity baseball, if possible.
PARENTS: Sandy and Scott