June 30, 2016


Regional softball capsules


• WHO: No. 3 Elyria (25-2) vs. Toledo Notre Dame Academy (18-12)
• WHEN: Today, noon
• WHERE: Clyde High School, 1015 Race St., Clyde
• AT STAKE: The winner will face the winner of today’s Clayton regional champion game between Cincinnati Oak Hills and Lebanon in the state semifinal on June 1, at
5:30 p.m. at Akron’s Firestone Stadium.
• DIRECTIONS: Drive to Bellevue via the Ohio Turnpike, State Rt. 113 or U.S. Rt. 20. Take Rts. 113-20 west through Bellevue to Clyde. As you enter Clyde, McPherson Cemetery will be on your right at the intersection of E. Maple Street. Go left on E. Maple. E. Maple becomes W. Maple at the intersection of Main Street. Stay on W. Maple to Race Street. Turn left on Race Street to the high school, which will be on the right. The softball field is at the rear of the parking lot.

Scouting Elyria

• NICKNAME: Pioneers
• COACH: Ken Fenik, 18th season
• COLORS: Red and white
• CONFERENCE: Northeast Ohio, 1st
• TOURNAMENT TRAIL: Defeated Olmsted Falls 12-0 in the sectional final, Avon Lake 2-1 in the district semifinal and Westlake 11-3 in the district championship game. The Pioneers defeated Perrysburg 6-5 Thursday in the regional semifinals.

Probable starters

No.   Name                           Position    Year
1       Alanna Williams       LF-CF         Senior
10    Melanie Woodard    3B                Junior
25    Holly Howser             RF               Junior
4       Alexis Roseboro      DP               Junior
32    Haley Looney             C                 Junior
27    Caitlyn Minney          P-1B          Junior
2       Marie Masters          SS-LF          Junior
3       Alyssa Barker           1B-P            Senior
5        Darien Ward             2B                Senior
20     Sybil Roseboro       Flex            Freshman
17     Patty Davis                LF               Junior


• Junior pitcher Caitlyn Minney has won her last 20 decisions.
• The Pioneers have won 25 of their last 26 games since an
opening-day loss at Mentor.
• Elyria entered the regional tournament with five players — Alanna Williams (.500), Melanie Woodard (.494), Darien Ward (.462), Marie Masters (.439) and Haley Looney (.400) — hitting above .400.
• Elyria is 8-4 lifetime in regional championship games.
• The Pioneers have amassed a 73-13 record so far this decade.

Scouting Toledo Notre Dame Academy

• NICKNAME: Eagles
• COACH: Norm Kujawa, 3rd season
• COLORS: Gold and Blue
• CONFERENCE: Three Rivers Athletic Conference, (6th place in conference tournament)
• TOURNAMENT TRAIL: The Eagles defeated Toledo Whitmer 12-8 and Oregon Clay 4-0 in sectionals. Notre Dame then defeated Toledo Central Catholic 2-0 in the district semifinals and Sylvania Southview 8-6 in the district finals. The Eagles then defeated North Royalton 6-4, in 10 innings, in Wednesday’s regional semifinals.

Probable starters

No.    Name                           Position         Year
1         Katie McKenty        RF                      Senior
2        Rachael Dzierzak    DP                      Senior
3        Emily Lehmkuhl     C                         Sophomore
5        Jenna Inman            LF                     Junior
6        Rachel Born              2B                     Junior
8    Molly Armbruster     3B                     Freshman
12    Nikki Wilkins              1B                     Junior
13    Amanda Del Monte SS                     Sophomore
14    Cassie Gillespie           P                     Sophomore


• The Eagles completed their first season in the newly formed Three Rivers Athletic Conference after previously playing in the Toledo City League.
• Sophomore pitcher Cassie Gillespie has a 10-4 record and also leads her team with a .416 batting average.
• Notre Dame Academy was the sixth-seeded team in the Maumee District and had to defeat the Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 teams to win the district title.
• Although the Eagles only have two seniors on the roster, they entered the 2012 season with eight returning starters.
• Notre Dame Academy is an all-girls school located on Toledo’s west side. The school sponsors 15 interscholastic sports, including crew and broomball.

— Todd Shapiro


• WHO: No. 1 Keystone (29-0) vs. No. 8 Lima Shawnee (23-6)
• WHEN: Today, noon
• AT STAKE: A spot in the Final Four at Firestone Stadium in Akron. The winner will be the visiting team at 4:30 p.m. Friday against either second-ranked Poland Seminary (25-2) or unranked Akron Hoban (15-15). They play in Firestone Stadium at noon today for the Akron regional championship.
• WHERE: Bucyrus High School, 900 West Perry St., Bucyrus
• DIRECTIONS: Take any of a number of routes west to State Route 4, east of Bellevue. Drive south to Bucyrus. Turn right on River Street, just before the bridge. River Street becomes West Perry at the first stop sign. Proceed through the intersection to the high school, which will be on the right.
• RADIO: WEOL 930-AM (tape delay)

Scouting Keystone

• NICKNAME: Wildcats
• COACH: Jim Piazza, 10th season
• COLORS: Purple and white
• CONFERENCE: Patriot Athletic Conference, Stars Division (1st)
• TOURNAMENT TRAIL: Defeated Brookside 11-0, Bay 13-6, Firelands 4-0 and No. 9 Bellville Clear Fork 7-5.

Probable starters

No.       Name                             Position         Year
18         Erin Pond                         SS                  Senior
3           Mallory Nagy                  CF                 Senior
8           Kenzie Conrade             P                     Senior
9           Bee Shaw                          1B                  Senior
12         Bri Buckley                      C                   Senior
23        Carleigh Herrington    DP                 Sophomore
6           Alisha Silva                    2B                 Senior
14        Alyson Broschk            RF                 Senior
21        Brittany Bowers           3B                  Junior
5          Jenny Schaffer              LF                  Sophomore


• Momentum might by on Keystone’s side after the Wildcats came from behind to defeat Clear Fork on Wednesday.
• The Wildcats now have a state-record 44 home runs for the season. Pitcher Kenzie Conrad, who hit the 44th against Clear Fork, is 22-0 in the circle.
• Keystone seeks its 12th Final Four appearance and third state championship.
• The Wildcats were state runners-up to Poland Seminary last season. If both win today, they will meet again Friday.

Scouting Lima Shawnee

• NICKNAME: Indians
• COACH: Lou Seddelmeyer, 10th season
• COLORS: Red and black
• CONFERENCE: Western Buckeye League
• TOURNAMENT TRAIL: Defeated Elida 12-2, Lima Bath 7-5, Maumee 9-2, Celina 5-4 and Newark Licking Valley 5-2. .

Probable starters

Name                            Position    Year
Shelby Lucas             SS                 Junior
Britt Lauck                 C                   Junior
Liz Aller                       CF                Senior
Sam Bullock                P                  Senior
Mo Truxal                  3B                 Senior
Cory Runneals          RF                Junior
Taylor Lucas             LF                Junior
Becca Rader               1B               Junior
Megan Buettner        2B              Senior


• The Indians are playing in their first regional championship game. They were defeated in the semifinals the past two seasons, last year by Keystone.
• Shawnee and Licking Valley were tied 1-1 in the top of the seventh inning of Thursday’s semifinal. The Indians erupted for four runs on five hits.
• Indians pitcher Sam Bullock struck out seven and walked none in the semifinal. She also went 3-for-4 at the plate.
• Of Keystone, Shawnee coach Lou Seddelmeyer was quoted as saying: “They’re going to be tough. We’re going to have to come to play. We’re going to bring our best game.”
— Bob Daniels


• WHO: Black River (22-9) vs. Warren Champion (21-2)
• WHEN: Today, noon
• WHERE: Massillon Community Park
• AT STAKE: The winner advances to the state tournament semifinals Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Firestone Stadium in Akron. The winner will play the Fairborn regional champion — either Batavia Clermont Northeast or Felicity-Franklin.
• DIRECTIONS: Head east on state Route 224 until reaching Exit 13A, which leads you south on state Route 21. After driving approximately 21 miles on Route 21, take the state Route 241 exit toward Oberlin Avenue. Turn right on Finefrock Road SW until reaching the park, which is 1⁄5 of a mile past 17th Street.

Scouting Black River

• NICKNAME: Pirates
• COACH: Merle Simmons, 2nd season
• COLORS: Black and gold
• CONFERENCE: Patriot Athletic Conference, Stars Division
• TOURNAMENT TRAIL: Opened with 4-0 sectional final victory over Brooklyn. Eliminated Garfield Heights Trinity 7-1 in district semifinals, then beat Columbia 12-1 to capture North Ridgeville district title. Defeated Canton Central Catholic 11-6 in regional semifinals.

Probable starters

Name                                    Position    Year
Dagmar Smith                  P                   Junior
Taylor Goff                        C                   Senior
Hannah Messenger        1B                Junior
Leah Sprague                   2B                Senior
Nora Smith                       SS                 Senior
Kayla Finkel                     3B                 Senior
Kailey Summers             LF                 Senior
Jessica Chidsey              CF                 Senior
Jackie Barnhart              RF                Senior
Megan Scott                     DP                Junior


• The Pirates are seeking their first trip to the state tournament. This is their initial regional appearance.
• Black River’s 11 runs against Canton Central Catholic were the second-highest total in the statewide Division III regional semifinals.
• The Pirates are 17-2 with ace pitcher Dagmar Smith in the lineup, but went 5-7 when she was sidelined with a lower back strain.
• Center fielder Chidsey was an All-Medina County guard in basketball, while catcher Goff played libero for Black River’s volleyball team.

Scouting Warren Champion

• NICKNAME: Golden Flashes
• COACH: Cheryl Weaver, 14th season
• COLORS: Purple and gold
• CONFERENCE: All-American Conference, White Division
• TOURNAMENT TRAIL: Opened with 1-0 sectional final win over Garrettsville Garfield. Eliminated Andover Pymatuning Valley 5-1 in district semifinals, then beat Kirtland 8-0 to capture Jefferson District title. Defeated East Palestine 2-0 in regional semifinals.

Probable starters

Name                                Position    Year
Lindsay Swipas            P                   Senior
Sierra Blackson           C                   Senior
Alison Sorber              1B                 Senior
Brooke Culler              2B                 Junior
Haley McAllister       SS                  Senior
Darian Rogers            3B                  Junior
Kenzie Goranitis        LF                 Junior
Emilee Hohvart         CF                 Junior
Mackenzie Kiser        RF                Junior
Haylee Gardner         DP                Freshman


• The Golden Flashes have won four state championships and are the reigning
Division III title holders.
• All-Ohio senior pitcher Lindsay Swipas is 19-0 with a 0.39 ERA and 233 strikeouts this spring. She went 19-0 with a 0.97 ERA and 167 strikeouts last season.
• Champion coach Cheryl Weaver, who took over the program in 1999, ranks 41st in OHSAA history with 255 career victories.
• Kizer has knocked in a team-high 24 runs for the Golden Flashes, who were ranked fifth in the final state coaches poll.
— Brian Dulik