August 27, 2014

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Little League Softball: Avon advances to final

LaGrange short stop Kodi Akers stops a ground ball from making it to the outfield. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Hannah Boesger had the game’s first hit, scored the only run and pitched an 11-strikeout three-hitter for Avon’s 14U Little League Junior All-Stars Thursday night. The result was a 1-0 victory over LaGrange, which had pinned a shutout defeat on Avon last Saturday. Boesger’s heroics aside, Avon manager Kevin Horrock said the turnaround was Read More…

Little League softball: Big innings lift Elyria past LaGrange

Elyria’s April Howser gets a hit during Tuesday’s win over LaGrange at Vic Janowicz Field. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Youth, it has been said, is wasted on the young. That would depend on one’s definition of youth, but Elyria’s 14U Little League Junior All-Stars supported the notion Tuesday night at Vic Janowicz Memorial Park. The youthful Elyrians — none of whom have yet attended high school — pinned a 7-3 district tournament Read More…

Softball: Undefeated Wellington Lightning escape

South Amherst’s Hailey Reichert scores as Wellington pitcher Payton Regal tries to tag her Thursday in Wellington. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The unbeaten Wellington Lightning improved to 14-0 Thursday night and advanced to an OGSO district final tonight at Wellington Community Park. The Class A (10U) Lightning took a 5-1 lead on the South Amherst Mini Bullets, then had to hang on for a 7-5 win after the Mini Bullets cut the deficit to Read More…

Girls soccer: Strongsville’s Elyria connection to continue as Todd Church takes over successful program from Jon Felton

Elyria High School graduate Todd Church, front, is taking over the Strongsville High School girls soccer job from his friend Jon Felton, who is also an Elyria High graduate. ANNA NORRIS / CHRONICLE

Elyria High isn’t exactly what you’d call a “soccer school,” certainly not like some in eastern Lorain and and western Cuyahoga counties. Schools like Avon, Avon Lake, Bay, Westlake, North Olmsted and Strongsville spring quickly to mind as schools that produce large numbers of soccer hopefuls. Some of them attract significant crowds of tailgating, charcoal-grilling Read More…

College softball: Erin Pond headed to Big Ten, Penn State

Erin Pond

Akron shortstop Erin Pond, whose .510 batting average led Keystone to the Division II state championship in 2012, is transferring to Penn State. Pond, a sophomore, started all 43 games as the Zips went 27-16 this season, 12-6 in the Mid-American Conference. She batted .278 with four doubles, 10 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in Read More…

Keystone’s Carleigh Herrington named Lorain County Miss Softball

Keystone senior Carleigh Herrington smiles after being named Miss Softball on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Since 1992, the first year it was given, 26 players have earned the Lorain County Miss Softball award. On Tuesday night, Keystone’s celebrated program added its 11th Miss Softball. The honor went to Carleigh Herrington, a senior infielder-designated player, who finished her four-year career with a .425 batting average. In the process of Read More…

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya named softball Player of the Year

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya picks up the Lorain County Coaches Player of the Year award Tuesday after going 17-8 with a 1.89 ERA and 281 strikeouts this season, while also batting .438. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — For someone who didn’t start playing fastpitch softball until she was 10 and was never on a summer travel team until she was an eighth-grader, Clearview’s Sarah Kaya caught on quickly. Over the past four seasons, she has been an important part of the Clippers’ huge turnaround under the leadership of coach Denny Read More…

H.S. softball: Elyria making trips to state tournament a rite of spring

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It’s been 20 years since an Elyria High softball team first played in a state Final Four. The Pioneers were to take on the Westerville South Greyhounds, the eventual state runner-up, in a 1994 semifinal. Ken Fenik, who was coach Sue Cohagen’s assistant at the time, said he knew before the game started Elyria was Read More…

Regional Softball: Elyria’s improbable run reaches Final Four as streaking Pioneers claim fourth straight regional title

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CLYDE — If it seems like fantasy, it’s because it was so improbable. Three weeks ago, few people, if any, would have given Elyria’s softball team the remotest chance of returning to the state Final Four. But perceived improbabilities are why they play the games. With a largely unexpected 4-0 victory over second-ranked Brecksville on Read More…

Division II regional softball: Tough week ends in tough loss as Keystone manages just one hit in 4-1 loss to Maumee

Keystone's Emily Cornish, left, and Sammie Stefan react after a loss to Maumee. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

BUCYRUS — At the end of an emotionally draining week, Keystone’s softball season came to an emotional end Thursday afternoon. Maumee, a team with nine regular-season losses, pinned a 4-1 defeat on the second-ranked Wildcats in a Division II regional semifinal delayed 22 hours by rain. In the course of their final game, the Wildcats Read More…