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Sectional Softball: Clearview gets revenge for last year’s loss to Firelands

Clearview pitcher Sarah Kaya throws against the Firelands Falcons during a Division II sectional final Friday afternoon. The Clippers won 10-0. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — The recipe for winning playoff softball isn’t especially complicated. Begin with a prime cut of outstanding pitching. Add in a heaping helping of timely hitting and garnish with solid fundamentals. And then add a light drizzle of pure Lorain Country spring rain for good measure. On Friday afternoon, the Clearview Clippers prepared Read More…

Sectional Baseball: Amherst executes squeeze play, beats Midview in 9 innings

Amherst center fielder Rees Rua, left, is congratulated by right fielder Brad Hagerich on Thursday after making a diving catch during the Comets’ 10-9 win in nine innings. KRISTIN/BAUER/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Thanks to the finicky gods of Ohio weather, the Division I sectional baseball final between Midview and Amherst had more fits and starts than a Kardashian wedding. Scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, it was postponed, rescheduled, postponed again, reset dangerously close to proms and the weekend, called off again, reset hours later. But when Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Columbia nips Lutheran West in 9th inning, sweeps back-to-back series

ROCKY RIVER — Baseball people talk about “small ball” or “little ball,” a style of play that relies on strict execution of fundamentals and scraping and scrapping every at-bat for any tiny edge. Thanks to another brilliant Patriot Athletic Conference pitching battle Tuesday, the Lutheran West Longhorns and Columbia Raiders played “micro ball” in the Read More…

High school baseball: Avon can’t keep up with Bay

Avon second baseman Brian Baker dives to tag out Bay Village's Will Wilson during a rundown. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

BAY VILLAGE — It was supposed to be an incredible match up, a clash of the titans between two of the West Shore Conference’s elite teams on a gray and blustery day at Bay’s newly christened ball park Thursday. By the end it was more like a Chuck Wepner prize fight or a Buffalo Bills Read More…

High school baseball: Lutheran West downs Clearview in pitchers duel

Lutheran West’s Eric Szczepinski steals second base during the first inning of the Longhorns’ 4-2 win over Clearview on Wednesday in Rocky River.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Effective pitching in baseball is just like easy-to-market real estate in that it benefits from three important factors — location, location, location. That theory was proven brilliantly Wednesday as Lutheran West defeated Patriot Athletic Conference rival Clearview 4-2 in a thrilling pitchers duel. Like gunslingers in a spaghetti Western, Clearview ace Roger Read More…

High school baseball: Resilient Avon edges North Olmsted

Avon shortstop Jonny Morales and second baseman Brian Baker tag North Olmsted baserunner Brad Novak. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — The ability to take a punch and bounce back quickly isn’t just an essential virtue in boxing, but also a valuable team skill in baseball with its staccato waves of momentum. Avon demonstrated this point Saturday afternoon as they responded to each shot administered by North Olmsted to secure a 6-5 victory in Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Keystone continues to cruise, crushes Lutheran West 24-0

ROCKY RIVER — The Keystone Wildcats can be forgiven if they mistook the Lutheran West Longhorns’ baseball field for the Longhorn Steak House given the manner in which they feasted on the home team’s pitching in a 24-0 five-inning, mercy-rule thumping Thursday in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game. The blowout win isn’t exactly unusual Read More…

Boys basketball: Three Comets … Adam Srnis, Reese Rua and Garrett Klekota … wreck Rockets as Amherst finishes strong

BAY VILLAGE — It doesn’t require an NASA animation to know what results when a comet strikes a rocket at full velocity. There was a sufficient example provided Tuesday night by the Amherst Comets, who used a devastating fourth-quarter explosion to demolish the Bay Rockets 72-55 in a non-conference battle. The night didn’t begin with Read More…