August 28, 2015

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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…

H.S. Softball: Elyria coach Ken Fenik collects 500th win as Pioneers secure at least a share of league title

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NORTH ROYALTON — Elyria shortstop Carly Bachna, facing a 2-and-1 count in the first inning, couldn’t resist the next pitch Wednesday afternoon and crushed it for a grand slam. Bachna’s blast, her second homer of the season, laid the groundwork for a 9-5 Elyria victory over North Royalton and a milestone moment in Elyria sports Read More…

College softball: Cleveland State’s Cynthia Woodard, an Elyria High grad, named Horizon League Player of the Year

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For the second time in four years, a former Elyria High softball star has been named the Division I Horizon League’s Player of the Year. Cleveland State shortstop Cynthia Woodard received the honor Tuesday. Woodard, a former starting outfielder and shortstop at Elyria, was also a first-team All-Horizon League selection for the second straight year. Read More…

Softball: Elyria sweeps three games at own tournament

ELYRIA — One run, they say, is as good as 100, and it doesn’t matter if you’re the winner or loser. Elyria’s seventh-ranked softball team swept three games in its weekend round-robin invitational, two by a single run. The margin of victory carries no weight when a game enters the win column. The Pioneers sandwiched Read More…

High school softball: Firelands edges Wellington in 9 innings … again

Firelands's Alexis Shick tags out Wellington Hailey Brasee at third base in the second inning of a game April 28. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — Extra-inning softball thrillers may be repetitive for Firelands and Wellington lately. But there’s nothing monotonous about them. On Tuesday, for the second straight day, the Falcons defeated the Dukes in a nine-inning Patriot Athletic Conference game. The score was 7-6, thanks to Hailey Blankenship’s ninth-inning single to the gap in left-center that Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria’s 2002 softball team made memorable run to state championship

The 2002 Elyria High School softball team won a state championship.

Those who saw the winning run score aren’t likely to forget the moment. It was one of the most memorable in Elyria sports history. And for those who weren’t in Ashland’s Brookside Park on that hot June afternoon in 2002, there is The Picture. It appeared in The Chronicle-Telegram the next morning, on June 9, Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria suffers 1st loss of year to Walsh Jesuit in Wendy’s bracket final

ASHLAND — The Pioneers are no longer perfect. Elyria lost its first game of the season Saturday afternoon, despite strong pitching by junior right-hander Elizabeth Ellis. The 3-0 defeat came at the hands of Walsh Jesuit in the Black pool bracket final of the 22nd annual Wendy’s Spring Classic at Brookside Park. Earlier in the Read More…

High School Softball: Keystone sweeps Firelands in twin bill

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LAGRANGE — Keystone posted two Patriot Athletic Conference wins over Firelands on Tuesday afternoon at Community Park. The first, which ended after five innings with the Wildcats rolling 15-1, completed a game begun Monday in South Amherst. It was suspended by rain with Keystone batting in the top of the fourth inning. Keystone turned in Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone’s Lauren Shaw throws no-hitter, but loses to Mentor’s perfect game

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LAGRANGE — Double no-hitters are about as common as professional sports championships in Cleveland. Rare as they are, softball fans were treated to one on a sunny and chilly Saturday afternoon at LaGrange Community Park. It happened in Mentor’s 2-0 victory over host Keystone in a four-way invitational that featured some of northern Ohio’s top Read More…