July 29, 2014

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Crushers 11, Beach Bums 3: Lake Erie walks to big inning, easy victory

Lake Erie Crushers' Anderson Hidalgo slides safely into third as Traverse City Beach Bums' third baseman Jovan Rosa attempts to tag him. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — The Crushers scored six runs without doing much work, which made for an easy Tuesday night at the ballpark. The Crushers drew five walks in the second inning with two outs, leading to an 11-batter, six-run inning and, ultimately, an 11-3 win over the Traverse City Beach Bums in front of 1,019 fans Read More…

Division I district tennis: Avon’s Nico Mostardi shakes off back spasms to earn state berth

Avon sophomore Nico Mostardi returns a shot Saturday. Mostardi overcame back spasms to get a three-set win 
and advance to next weekend’s Division I state tournament. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Nico Mostardi appeared to be in the driver’s seat Saturday morning in his do-or-die Division I district consolation semifinal match against Mayfield’s Shouta Fukamachi at Oberlin College. But after the Avon sophomore won his first set, the back spasms that plagued him during Thursday’s quarterfinal loss to Kenston’s Austin Barr flared up again. Read More…

District Tennis: Avon’s Nico Mostardi splits matches, fights through sore back, needs win Saturday to reach state tourney

Nico Mostardi

OBERLIN — Avon sophomore Nico Mostardi’s dreams of a state berth are on hold until Saturday morning for the second straight year. But if he displays just a fraction of the heart, guile and determination he showed during his 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 quarterfinal loss to Kenston’s Austin Barr on Thursday during the first day Read More…

Ryan Hutchison’s first home run as professional gives Crushers walk-off win over Boomers

The Crushers’ Vincent Meija makes it safely into second base during Saturday night’s 2-1 win over Schaumburg. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

AVON — When the Schaumburg Boomers brought in a left-handed reliever in the seventh, first-year Crushers manager Chris Mongiardo decided to go with pinch-hitter Ryan Hutchison on Saturday night. Though it took a couple of innings to pay off, playing Hutchison turned out to be just what the Crushers needed. Hutchison, a first-year pro from Read More…

Lake Erie Crushers open season with win for new manager Chris Mongiardo

Lake Erie’s Emmanuel Quiles (15) is greeted at home plate by Seth Granger after 
the Crushers regained the lead in the season-opening victory over Schaumburg. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — The Chris Mongiardo Era began with one of the most resounding early season performances the Lake Erie Crushers have ever had. Going up against the Schaumburg Boomers — the team that swept them in the Frontier League Championship Series in September — and with several new faces in the lineup, the Crushers broke Read More…

H.S. Track: Avon cruises to sweep of titles at West Shore Conference meet

North Ridgeville's Jason Lucas beats out Avon's Chad Allen in the boys 110 meter hurdles West Shore Conference championships on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Avon dominated the West Shore Conference track and field championships on the boys and girls sides. The Eagles took home the team trophies Thursday in similar fashion, not relying on one or two dominating individual performances but a variety of well-rounded success. The Avon boys wrapped up their fourth straight WSC championship Read More…

Frontier League: Crushers set roster, ready for season opener tonight

Mongiardo

First-year Lake Erie Crushers manager Chris Mongiardo had some tough decisions to make Wednesday. With the Frontier League rosters due to be trimmed to 24 by 5 p.m., Mongiardo hemmed and hawed over some tough cuts on his pitching staff. In the end, he made the decision to part ways with experienced pitchers Trevor Longfellow Read More…

Crushers manager Chris Mongiardo ready for games to begin

Joe Charboneau has joined the Lake Erie Crushers as a batting coach, and will be working with the team in several capacities this season. He was with new  manager Chris Mongiardo and general manager Rick Muntean at  press conference Thursday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Chris Mongiardo was part of the Lake Erie Crushers’ media day last year as Jeff Isom’s pitching coach. This year it’s his show and the first-year manager is ready to see what his team can do. “I haven’t had any problems so far,” Mongiardo said. “I’ve been pulling double duty as the pitching coach, but Read More…

Division I sectional tennis: Westlake doubles team moving on

Westlake senior Cyrus Kharche returns a shot during a singles match Tuesday at the Division I sectional at Oberlin College. Kharche went 3-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Westlake junior Cal Craven has been here before. This time, he’s bringing a freshman. Craven, a Division I state qualifier last season at doubles, moved one step closer to a return trip to Columbus, as he and freshman Aris Jhaveri went 3-0 Tuesday to reach the Division I sectional semifinals. Craven and Jhaveri, Read More…

H.S. Softball: Westlake can’t find big hit in big game

Westlake’s
 Erin Brown slides safely into third as Brecksville’s Dani D’Anna jumps for the ball in the fourth inning Thursday. Brecksville edged the Demons 2-1 to take a two-game lead on the Demons in the race for the SWC crown. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS — While Brecksville still has three conference games left, the Bees’ 2-1 win Thursday over Westlake definitely had the feel of a Southwestern Conference championship game. The Demons, who only had one SWC loss coming in — also to Brecksville — gave the Bees all they could handle for seven innings thanks to Read More…