December 19, 2014


Hot Stove baseball: Firelands routs Elyria; Columbia gets walk-off win over Grafton

Grafton shortstop Spencer Pavell prepares to throw the ball to first base during the second inning against Columbia on Sunday in a Class FF tournament game in Grafton. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

GRAFTON — The Firelands Crushers and Elyria Gladiators were each coming off firsts in their Class F Hot Stove tournament game at Reservoir Park on Sunday. Firelands lost its first game of the season this week and Elyria just won its first-ever Hot Stove tournament game Saturday. It was all Crushers, though, as they ran Read More…

Little League: Elyria East advances to face Tallmadge in district finals Monday

Elyria East right-hander Mya St. Peter pitches against Avon on Friday. St. Peter barely missed a perfect game, but still got her first career no-hitter to advance Elyria to the district finals. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Facing elimination in the Little League District 3 U10 softball tournament, Mya St. Peter was nearly perfect for Elyria East. St. Peter faced just one batter over the minimum in tossing a 5-0 no-hitter against Avon at Veterans Memorial Park to keep East alive in the losers bracket. St. Peter missed out on Read More…

Little League Baseball: Elyria East comes one out from win vs. Tallmadge

Elyria East Little League'sTyler Cascio pitches against Tallmadge. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — One out is all that Elyria needed. Elyria East led Tallmadge by two runs and was just one out away from a win in Wednesday night’s Little League District 3 10U baseball tournament when the roof caved in. After recording two outs on two pitches, the next 11 Tallmadge hitters reached and scored Read More…

Frontier League: Crushers run into trouble, lose 7-5 to Greys in front of season-high 5,000 fans

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AVON — The up-and-down season of the Crushers took another downward dip Fright night as the Frontier Greys beat Lake Erie 7-5 in front of the largest crowd of the season. Fireworks Night on the holiday drew 5,060 to All Pro Freight Stadium. Lake Erie (22-21) battled back from a six-run deficit, cutting Frontier’s lead Read More…

Division I regional softball: Elyria on brink of state tourney thanks to huge comeback, extra-inning win over Oregon Clay

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CLYDE — Team Wow earned its nickname. And then some. Elyria softball coach Ken Fenik dubbed his club Team Wow after putting together a great run at the end of the season. He was left nearly speechless Wednesday after watching his Pioneers score four times in the sixth inning and twice in the eighth inning Read More…

District softball: Amanda Beursken’s record-setting home run provides spark as Midview upsets Westlake

Midview’s Amanda Beursken watches the ball after connecting on a three-run home run in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s district semifinal win over Westlake. It was Beursken’s Lorain County-record 26th career home run. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Midview senior Amanda Beursken provided her team with a huge lift Wednesday against top-seeded Westlake — and made Lorain County softball history in the process. Beursken crushed a high, outside pitch over the center-field fence at North Ridgeville High School for a three-run homer in the fourth inning that propelled the third-seeded Middies to a Read More…

Sectional baseball: One inning of offense, solid pitching enough as Keystone tops Vermilion, makes district

Vermilion's Caleb Waller tags out Keystone's Collin Fitzgerald on a stolen base attempt. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

PENFIELD TWP. — Top-seeded Keystone went in search of a fourth straight sectional championship Monday and found it, scratching out a 3-1 win over Vermilion in the Division II final at Penfield Recreational Park. The Wildcats (22-5), however, get no time to savor their win. They’re back in action today against Buckeye in a district Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria halts late North Olmsted rally

Elyria’s Jaeger Shaffstall makes it into home safely as North Olmsted catcher Joe Keleman reaches for the ball in the second inning of Tuesday’s Division I sectional opener at Victory Park. Elyria won. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Just as North Olmsted began a seventh-inning rally in its Division I sectional game against Elyria at Victory Sports Park, a bright rainbow appeared beyond left field, which seemed like a good sign for the Eagles. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow turned out to be under the Read More…

Girls basketball: John McDermott new North Olmsted coach

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NORTH OLMSTED — There will be a new voice in charge of the North Olmsted girls basketball team next season. On May 19, longtime area coach John McDermott is expected to be approved by the North Olmsted school board as the Eagles’ new head coach. McDermott replaces Cheryl Bansek, who was at North Olmsted the Read More…

High school baseball: Avon clinches share of West Shore Conference championship with wild 13-12 win over Bay

Avon players celebrate after Ian Long, top, hits a home run Friday at All Pro Freight Stadium. Avon won 13-12. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Consider it money well spent. After eight innings Friday at All Pro Freight Stadium, the Avon and Bay were tied at 10 and the game was ready to be called due to darkness. After a brief discussion, Avon decided to spend the money to have the lights turned on and continue the game. Read More…