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High school baseball: Tanner Doenges delivers game-winner as Avon edges Elyria Catholic in battle of state-ranked teams

Avon High School's Ethan St. Clair (23) slides safely into third base as Elyria Catholic High School third baseman Colt Schuler (5) jumpst to attempt to catch an over-thrown ball and still make the tag on Wednesday evening, April 29. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — For 130 pitches, Elyria Catholic sophomore right-hander Andrew Abrahamowicz did his job. On his 131st pitch, Avon catcher Tanner Doenges did his job a little better. Doenges lined a 2-1 fastball into center field, driving in Tommy Kocar and Tim Moroz to lift Avon to a 5-4 walk-off West Shore Conference victory at Read More…

High school baseball: Vermilion edges EC in 8 innings

VERMILION — Elyria Catholic coach Bruce Lisicky weighed his options and went back to the well. Turns out he went back once too often. After replacing junior reliever Colt Schuler with one out in the sixth inning and the Panthers clinging to a one-run lead, Lisicky brought him back to the mound from third base Read More…

High school baseball: Senior Jack Bondy gets chance to start and sparks Avon past Amherst with three runs batted in

Amherst High School pitcher Evan Shawver (6) pitches against Avon High School on Tuesday evening, April 21. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — In a game that was moved from All Pro Freight Stadium to Oberlin College to Avon Middle School, it was no surprise a player not in the original starting lineup was the hero. Jack Bondy drove in three runs, including a pair that tied the game in the fourth inning, as Avon rallied Read More…

High school baseball: Late rally lifts Amherst over Elyria

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ELYRIA — Ed Piazza hopes his Elyria Pioneers learned something Friday in its 9-8 non-conference loss to Amherst. Despite leading hitter Marques Inman on the bench for violating team rules, the Pioneers raced out to an 8-2 lead after three innings. It wasn’t enough. Behind the strong relief pitching of junior Hunter Kuzak and the Read More…

High school baseball: Passed balls lead to North Ridgeville win over Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic outfielder Sean Darmafall makes a running catch during a game at North Ridgeville on Wednesday, April 15. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Elyria Catholic sophomore Jeff Spencer took one for the team. After a long afternoon of baseball at Avon on Tuesday, the Panthers’ regular catcher, sophomore Jeremy Smith, had a tired arm and needed a day off. The problem coach Bruce Lisicky faced was that he has no backup catcher on the roster. Read More…

College signing: Amherst’s Ashley Makruski to play volleyball at Kent State

Kent State volleyball coach Don Gromala must like Lorain County. For the second consecutive year, Gromala snapped up one of the top high school players in the county, getting an oral commitment from Amherst junior Ashley Makruski. Makruski, a middle and outside hitter, can sign her letter of intent in the fall. Last year, Gromala Read More…

H.S. Baseball Preview: Following famous relative has its benefits and difficulties, as Amherst’s Rees Rua and EC’s Dominic Piazza can attest

Elyria Catholic's Dominic Piazza, left, and his father Dominic Sr. on April 6. The Piazzas have a long history of success in Lorain County high school baseball and softball. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It isn’t always easy to be a legacy. There are footsteps that must be followed. And a precedent has been set, leaving a standard by which one is measured. When that standard is excellence, the challenge is greater. Amherst center fielder Rees Rua and Elyria Catholic pitcher Dominic Piazza carry expectations that accompany their last Read More…

High school track: Firelands boys end North Ridgeville’s reign at Howe Invitational; Olmsted Falls wins girls title

HENRIETTA TWP. — Greg Northeim received a nice parting gift Thursday as he enters his final season as Firelands track coach. The Firelands boys team used a balanced attack to snap North Ridgeville’s three-year winning streak at the 30th Nelson Howe Track and Field Invitational at Firelands High School. Firelands clinched the title when sophomore Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst freshman Shawver strikes out 15, shuts out Midview in debut

Amherst's Evan Shawver pitches during a game against Midview on April 1. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Left-hander Evan Shawver may be a freshman, but he looked like a seasoned veteran in his first varsity start. An exceptional seasoned veteran. Shawver scattered five hits over seven innings of shutout ball Wednesday, striking out 15 while walking just two as Amherst got a pair of fifth-inning runs to hand Midview a Read More…

High school baseball: Vermilion stays course, rallies past Brookside

VERMILION — Jeff Keck looks at every baseball game as an opportunity for his Vermilion Sailors to learn a lesson. Tuesday’s lesson? You are never out of it. Vermilion rallied from a four-run deficit, scoring the game’s final eight runs to top Brookside 9-5 for the second consecutive day at Vermilion’s high school baseball complex. Read More…