March 4, 2015


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…

District baseball: Amherst rallies last, scoring four in seventh to make district final

Elyria's Brodie Stewart hits an RBI double in the sixth inning. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Elyria had a stunning comeback, scoring seven runs in the top of the sixth to steal the lead from Amherst. That’s what made the Pioneers’ 8-7 loss Monday in a Division I district semifinal at The Pipe Yard that much tougher to deal with. Elyria failed to get a hit until the top Read More…

Smothering defense, steady backup QB lead Nightmares to 26-0 win over Silverhawks

Nightmares linebacker Dave Sherbaum sacks Jackson’s Gabriel Thomas in the first quarter Sunday night at Midview High School. The Nightmares dominated on defense in picking up their first win to pull even on the season at 1-1. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Lorain County coach Terry Murray, fresh off his team’s season-opening loss to the defending champion Ohio Golden Knights, took the field Sunday without his starting quarterback and kicker. Turns out all he really needed was his defensive line. The Nightmares’ front four controlled the line of scrimmage all evening, getting six sacks Read More…

Sectional Baseball: Marques Inman throws 1-hitter, gets 2 hits in Elyria’s 3-0 win over Lakewood

Elyria’s Marques Inman delivers Friday during his one-hit masterpiece against Lakewood in a 3-0 victory. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — After Elyria started the season by losing 10 of 13 games, the team held a players-only meeting to clear the air. The Pioneers emerged with a different attitude, deciding to come together and rely on each other. Junior Marques Inman put the Pioneers on his shoulders Friday and carried them to the Division Read More…

High school baseball: Wellington grabs early lead before Elyria Catholic chips away for victory

Elyria Catholic's pitcher Aaron Vazquez pitches against Wellington. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — It was a rough start but Elyria Catholic was more than happy with how things turned out. Freshman pitcher Andrew Abrohamowicz lasted just a third of an inning for his second consecutive start, allowing four runs on just one hit while walking four, as the second-seeded Panthers fell behind seventh-seeded Wellington. That was Read More…