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High school softball: Youth movement carries Keystone to win over Perkins and into Division II regional title game

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BUCYRUS — Underclassmen came through in a big way for Keystone’s young Wildcats on Thursday. Sophomore pitcher Lauren Shaw earned her 19th victory and juniors Summer Constable and Destiny Weber formed the core of a 16-hit offense as the Wildcats defeated Sandusky Perkins 11-6 in a Division II regional semifinal at Bucyrus High. Constable and Read More…

Regional Softball: Senior Liz Hayes serves as leader for young Keystone Wildcats

Senior-heavy softball teams have faced less daunting tasks than the one Keystone’s young Wildcats will take on this afternoon. Six sophomores, including their No. 1 pitcher, two juniors and a freshman are expected to start against Sandusky Perkins when the second-ranked Wildcats take the field in a 5 p.m. Division II regional semifinal at Bucyrus Read More…

High school softball: Westlake’s Katie Lew shuts out Avon 2-0 as Demons win pitchers duel, capture first district title

AVON LAKE — In a classic pitchers battle, Westlake won the first softball district championship in school history Friday afternoon. Katie Lew, the Demons’ junior right-hander, hurled a three-hitter in a tough 2-0 victory over Avon. She struck out five and walked none, outdueling Avon senior southpaw Anna Edwards, who allowed just six hits, fanned Read More…

District Softball: Anna Edwards lifts Avon over Amherst, into matchup with Westlake

AVON LAKE — Anna Edwards, Avon’s southpaw pitcher, has thrown one no-hitter this year. It came in the Eagles’ win over Westlake in the season opener. What a coincidence. Edwards will get a chance to do it again at 4:30 this afternoon when Avon (19-8) tangles with Westlake for the Division I district championship. If Read More…

District Softball: Destiny’s darling — Weber hits grand slam as Keystone claims 28th district title

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LAGRANGE — Destiny Weber, Keystone’s junior catcher and outfielder, missed 13 games this season with back problems. Her absence deprived the Wildcats of more than a veteran player with significant tournament experience. It took a nearly .440 batting average, four doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs out of the lineup. Weber returned to action Read More…

Division II district softball: Keystone blanks Firelands

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LAGRANGE — Keystone’s storied softball program will play for its 28th district championship this afternoon at Community Park. The young Wildcats, with one senior on the roster, advanced Monday with a 4-0 victory over Firelands in a Division II district semifinal. It wasn’t easy for the third-ranked Wildcats (23-5). The Falcons (17-11) showed up well-prepared. Read More…

High school softball: Alex Kozich comes up with big hit as Avon claims sectional with third win over Midview this year

AVON — Until two weeks ago, Avon second baseman Alex Kozich had never had a game-winning hit. She finally broke the streak when she knocked in the winner against Vermilion during the regular season. But Friday, with the Eagles fighting from behind in a classic struggle with Midview, Kozich hit a winner she might never Read More…

High school softball: Elyria Catholic gets off to a fast start, finishes off Wellington in Division III sectional championship

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WELLINGTON — You’re the home team, you’re on defense to start the game and you retire the opponent’s first two hitters routinely. Not a desired outcome, then, if you allow a rally that produces enough runs to win the game. But it happened to Wellington on a cold, gloomy Wednesday afternoon at Community Park. With Read More…

High school softball: North Ridgeville survives seventh-inning Vermilion rally to capture first at Firelands Quad

SOUTH AMHERST — North Ridgeville’s softball team was on cruise control Saturday afternoon enjoying a 7-2 lead over Vermilion. There were two outs in bottom of the seventh inning and the Rangers were one out and moments away from the Firelands Quad championship. Ah, but the best laid plans and all that. Vermilion’s resilient Sailors Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone’s Liz Hayes stars on Senior Day, helps Wildcats past Columbia

Columbia High School short stop Taylor Napoli (10) catches a popfly hit during a game against Keystone High School on Thursday evening, May 7. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — The Keystone softball team held a dual observation Thursday afternoon at Community Park. First, the Wildcats marked their final regular-season home game, following which they treated both teams and their fans to a cookout. They also held their annual Senior Day celebration. That’s singular senior, because there’s only one on the roster. That Read More…