January 31, 2015

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Nightmares adjust, rely on run to beat Saints in playoff opener

Quarterback Cody Schuster looks for an opening in Saturday's game. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — It’s never easy for one football team to defeat another football team three times in one season. When the teams don’t like each other very much it can be that much harder. With that in mind, Lorain County Nightmares coach Terry Murray knew he’d have to come up with a new wrinkle Read More…

Semi-pro football: Nightmares open playoffs tonight

EATON TWP. — The Cleveland Saints have probably seen all they can handle of Tim Jones. Jones, the Lorain County Nightmares kicker, played a large role in both regular-season wins over the Saints this season, and hopes to continue his success when the teams square off tonight at 7 o’clock at Midview High School in Read More…

Paints’ tough lefty handles Ironmen

Lorain County’s Cody Semler forces Chillicothe’s Ronnie Dawson and throws on to first for the double play in the first inning of Wednesday’s game at The Pipe Yard. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — With both their leading hitter and hottest hitter on the bench, the Lorain County Ironmen faced one of the top pitchers in the Prospect League on Wednesday at The Pipe Yard. Infielder Taylor Emody, who leads the Ironmen with a .299 average, is getting over a hip injury while third baseman Billy Salem, Read More…

Ironmen can’t get offense going against Springfield

Lorain County’s Anthony Bova slides into third base during the first inning against Springfield on Sunday. Bova would later score — the Ironmen’s only run of the game. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The defense was better but the result was the same. The Lorain County Ironmen lost for the ninth time in their last 10 games, falling 3-1 to Springfield on Sunday at The Pipe Yard. Unlike most of the games during this losing streak, the defense wasn’t to blame. In its last 10 games, Read More…

Semi-Pro Football: Nightmares roll to win over Mahoning Valley

Southview High product Ricky Earl eludes a Mahoning Valley defender Saturday during the Nightmares’ victory at Ross Field. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — The first time Lorain County and Mahoning Valley played, June 14, the second half had barely started when the game was suddenly over. Friday at Ross Field, the second half almost never got started at all. After a weather delay of over an hour after the game started a half-hour late, it took Read More…

Logan Landon finds groove, Ironmen find win over Kings

The Ironmen’s Lucas Raley makes a running catch in the outfield in Wednesday night’s 5-3 win over Champion City. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — All it took was a little tinkering. Logan Landon went six innings on the mound and tripled and scored in three at-bats to lift the Lorain County Ironmen to a 5-3 win over Champion City at The Pipe Yard. Langdon, who could not get out of the fourth inning in his last start Read More…

Prospect League: Ironmen turn on the offense to down RiverRats

Ironmen pitcher Logan Landon delivers during the first game of a doubleheader against the Richmond RiverRats at The Pipe Yard in Lorain on Thursday night. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Richmond pitching was just what the doctor ordered. The Lorain County Ironmen had nine hits in Game 2 against the RiverRats on Thursday at The Pipe Yard, using a five-run third inning to blow the game open en route to a 7-2 win and a doubleheader split. The RiverRats (3-6) took a 1-0 lead Read More…

Andrew Davis HR sparks big inning as Crushers top Aviators

Andrew Davis

AVON — Lake Erie Crushers manager Chris Mongiardo hopes Andrew Davis’ return to form will put his team on the right track. Davis, who has missed 22 games with an elbow injury this season, started an eight-run rally in the fifth inning with his first home run of the year as the Crushers moved one Read More…

Premier Amateur Football League: Nightmares find little cover against South Buffalo’s offensive assault, lose 35-14

Nightmares wide receiver David Repko tries to get away from a swarming South Buffalo defense during Saturday night’s 35-14 loss at Midview High School. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Lorain County Nightmares coach Terry Murray knew what he wanted to do at halftime … but he had no way to do it. South Buffalo Celtics quarterback Jay Truman was more than happy to take advantage, blistering the Nightmares’ base Cover 2 defense for four touchdown passes in a 35-14 Premier Amateur Read More…

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…