November 23, 2014


Ironmen blanked in third straight loss at The Pipe Yard

Lorain County second baseman Nate Langhals makes a short throw to first base to get the out against Butler in the fourth inning Sunday at The Pipe Yard in Lorain. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Home cooking hasn’t tasted too good for the Lorain County Ironmen this season. The team lost for the eighth time in 10 games inside the friendly confines of The Pipe Yard on Sunday, scratching out just three hits and not moving a runner as far as third base just once in a 5-0 Read More…

Ironmen earn walk-off win over Kings in ninth

Ironmen's second baseman Addison Rospert fields a ground ball against the Kings on Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The payoff was well worth the wait for the Lorain County Ironmen. In a game that started an hour and five minutes late due to rain, left fielder Taylor Emody tied it with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh before catcher Tyler Greiner sent everyone home with a walk-off Read More…

High school baseball: Avon Lake’s Brad Hamilton, Keystone’s Tyler Gullett, Lake Ridge’s Jack Spellman named All-Ohio

For some players, being named first-team all-state by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association is a nice footnote to their high school careers as they head to college to play at the next level. For others, it’s a final honor as the curtain closes on their competitive baseball careers. For Lake Ridge Academy’s Jack Read More…

Prospect League: Ironmen get strong pitching start, but offense struggles again in loss to Champion City

Ironmen's Nate Langhals makes a throw to first base. STEVE MANHIEM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Devin Daugherty was effective in a spot start out of the bullpen, but the worst-hitting team in the Prospect League continued to struggle. Lorain County, hitting just .182 as a team, scored one run on six hits and the Ironmen fell to the .500 mark for the first time this season, dropping a Read More…

Division II regional baseball: Heavy hearts hard to overcome as Keystone held to one hit and no runs in loss to Perkins

Keystone's Kendle Stiner kneels in the infield after a 10-0 loss to Perkins. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

TIFFIN — Perkins left-hander Braun Miller showed Keystone why he will be pitching for Ohio State in the future. The 6-foot-4 junior dominated the Wildcats on Thursday in a 10-0 Division II regional semifinal win at Tiffin University’s Heminger Field, allowing just one hit while striking out 14 of the 20 batters he faced. Aaron Read More…

Prospect League: Ironmen believe older roster is ready to win in 2014

Pitcher Sam Clarke of Mount Union, right, practices Tuesday for the Ironmen. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Entering their sixth year of competition in the Prospect League, the Lorain County Ironmen have taken a different approach to building their roster. In previous seasons the Ironmen have focused on the development of prospects, keying primarily on younger college players that were looking to play against elevated competition for the summer while Read More…

College baseball: Kent State shuts down Akron to win fifth MAC Tournament title in last six years, earn NCAA bid

Kent State players celebrate after beating Akron 3-0 Sunday at All Pro Freight Stadium to win the MAC title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — If given enough opportunities, a player will often make his opponent pay. Akron learned that lesson Sunday in the Mid-American Conference championship game at All Pro Freight Stadium. After grounding into three double plays, Zarley Zalewski drove a two-run double into the gap in right-center in the eighth inning to lift Kent State Read More…

MAC Tournament: Kent State finally finds a way to down Ball State

Kent State players — including Midview grad Eric Lauer — huddle up before the Golden Flashes’ game against Ball State on Thursday night at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — The Golden Flashes finally closed the deal … and did so when it mattered most. Three times during the regular season the Golden Flashes took leads against Ball State. Three times they ended up on the short end of the scoreboard — twice in walk-off fashion. On Thursday night, in the second round Read More…

District baseball: Three error-aided runs enough to end EC’s season

Elyria Catholic's Joey Begany, center, and Noah Bland try to tag out Independence's Brett Teare. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — The three runs may have been unearned, but unfortunately for Elyria Catholic pitcher Joey Begany, those runs still counted on the scoreboard. Independence scored a pair of unearned runs in the first, then, after Brycen Wise reached on a two-out error, pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the seventh in Read More…

District baseball: Amherst resident Jon Laird leads St. Edward past Comets in district final

Amherst’s Kody Bledsoe slides back safely into first base on Tuesday vs. St. Edward. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The final score was much different, but there was an identical subplot. The afternoon after Avon Lake resident Michael Cuva pitched St. Edward past Avon Lake in the Division I district semifinal, Amherst resident Jon Laird shut down Amherst, earning the Eagles a district title and trip to the Bowling Green regional tournament Read More…