November 24, 2014


Girls soccer: Midview newcomers come up big in opening win against Elyria

Midview's Sidney Riemer, right, and Morgan Hamker attempt to take the ball past Elyria's Kayla Locklear. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was an opener to remember for a pair of Midview soccer newcomers Saturday morning. Maddie Blaine, a freshman forward, scored two goals — one in each half — as the Middies came from behind twice to defeat Elyria, 3-2. It renewed an old and feisty non-conference rivalry before a nice crowd at Read More…

Little League softball: Lack of offense, bad call end Elyria East’s regional run

Elyria’s Emily Hyer fields a grounder and tries to make the flip to get Indiana’s Camryn Teague at second, but Teague made it safely. Elyria’s regional run ended with a 5-1 loss. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AKRON — It could have been a controversial call with two out in the second inning that led to two Indiana runs. Or maybe Elyria simply exhausted its offense 24 hours earlier. But in the end, it doesn’t really matter. The blown call and five hitless innings steered Elyria’s East Little League Junior All-Stars to Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria Junior All-Stars suffer first regional loss amid distractions, errors

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AKRON — These are sad facts, but true: unearned runs count the same as the other kind, and unearned runs can defeat a team just as decisively. Elyria’s Little League Junior All-Stars won a Central Regional game Saturday despite making a gift of two unearned runs in the first inning. They weren’t so lucky Monday. Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria Juniors ride five-run inning to win in regional opener

Elyria's Cassie Miller takes a cut during Saturday's Little League Junior Regional at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Elyria scored five runs in the fourth inning to beat Indiana 6-4. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AKRON — It seemed to take forever for the offense to come alive. But when it did, Elyria’s Little League Junior All-Stars were in business. Sparked by two big extra-base hits, they put together a five-run, bat-around fourth inning Saturday at Firestone Stadium. That carried Elyria to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over Jeffersonville, Ind., in Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria downs Avon to win 14U district title, advance to regional

Elyria’s Gabby Shackelford drives in a pair of runs with a single in the third inning Monday at Vic Janowicz Memorial Park. Elyria downed Avon 8-1 to advance to this weekend’s 14U regional tournament in Akron. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The first time they faced Avon pitcher Hannah Boesger on Monday night at Vic Janowicz Memorial Park, the Elyria batters went hitless. But when leadoff hitter April Howser doubled to the left-field fence with one out in the third inning, she changed everything. Her gapper sparked the first of four consecutive two-run innings Read More…

Grafton Nancy’s Diner downs South Amherst Firelands to win OGSO Class B state title

Grafton Nancy's Diner players celebrate with their state trophy after downing South Amherst Firelands to win the Class B state title Saturday at Wellington Community Park. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Somebody snuck the Gatorade container to Marcella McMahon, the Grafton Nancy’s Diner pitcher, under threatening gray clouds at Community Park on Saturday. Without need for instruction, McMahon dumped the icy contents on coach Chris West, continuing the old and accepted sports prank that says, “We just won a championship.” Actually, the Nancy’s Diner Read More…

Softball: Grafton stays unbeaten en route to OGSO Class B title

Grafton Nancy's Diner's Lenae West, right, and Meghan Newton celebrate during their 11-1 win over South Amherst. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

GRAFTON — Grafton Nancy’s Diner can put a 20-0 season in the books with a state championship victory Saturday. Nancy’s won its 19th straight game Wednesday night when it mercy-ruled South Amherst 11-1 to capture OGSO’s 12U Class B county championship at Reservoir Park. And Columbia scored in the sixth inning to nip another South Read More…

Little League softball: Elyria-Avon 14U district final postponed

Is it because of a mandatory volleyball camp for Avon players or a school-sponsored “mission trip” of unspecified origin and purpose as the rumor mill first suggested? Or is it because of a conflicting fastpitch softball tournament for travel ball players from Avon or any or all of the above? First of all, we’re really Read More…

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…