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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

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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…

H.S. Softball Regional Preview: Keystone looks to make more history, another trip to state Final Four

Keystone seniors, from left, Morgan McNulty, Emily Cornish, Carleigh Herrington, Jenny Schaffer and Nicole Neri are looking for a state title to go with the one they won as sophomores. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It could have scarcely escaped one’s attention that the Keystone softball program makes history every so often. In 1999, it became Lorain County’s first to win a state championship. In 2006, it was the county’s first to win two state titles and the first — and still only in the history of the state tournament Read More…

High school softball: Power boost carries Keystone past Buckeye to 27th district championship

Keystone’s Carleigh Herrington, middle, gets a high five as teammates celebrate after her home run Friday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone defeated Buckeye for the third time this season Friday afternoon, but this time it was different. For one thing, it secured the second-ranked Wildcats’ 27th district championship — 13th in the last 14 seasons — and a spot in the Division II regional tournament in Bucyrus next week. And unlike the first Read More…