December 20, 2014


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…

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…