January 27, 2015


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…

Elyria Catholic senior Jake Hromada pursuing his dream of being a sports broadcaster

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Many children grow up dreaming about being just like their sports heroes. Elyria Catholic senior Jake Hromada grew up dreaming about being just like the people that talk about those heroes. “Listening to Tom Hamilton growing up, along with Joe Tait and Jim Donovan,” Hromada said when asked what made him want to get into Read More…

High school softball: Westlake’s power, pitching top Amherst

Westlake players congratulate Rachel May (30) as she crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning Friday against Amherst. The Demons won, 4-3. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — The last time Amherst faced Westlake pitcher Katie Lew it failed to get a hit and struck out 12 times. It took the Comets only one pitch to get a hit off Lew on Friday, but the result was the same. Rachel May smoked a three-run home run to left-center and Lew did Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria players lean on the power of pizza, camaraderie to down Amherst, snap six-game skid

Amherst's Kody Bledsoe loses sight of the ball after it took a bounce while he was trying to make a play at second base. Rounding the corner and heading for third is Elyria's Jacob Czimadia. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — A little pizza, the airing of grievances and a mutual understanding may be just what Elyria’s baseball team needed to turn the corner on its season. The Pioneers actually pulled for each other Friday and played the game with a certain joy that had been missing all season, jumping out to a big Read More…

High school baseball: North Ridgeville’s Matt Feierabend works his magic on the mound in victory over Vermilion

North Ridgeville's Nolan Freeman returns to first base safely on a pick-off attempt. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — North Ridgeville pitcher Matt Feierabend knows he isn’t going to blow anyone away when he’s on the mound. So far this season he hasn’t had to. Feierabend won his third game without a loss, keeping the Vermilion batters off-balance and allowing just one run in six innings in the Rangers’ 4-1 West Shore Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Brookside rallies from 5-run deficit, beats Columbia 7-6

Brookside’s Kyle Houston gets ready to put the tag on Columbia’s Tristen Rindfleisch at third during the fourth inning of Thursday’s Patriot Athletic Conference game at Brookside. The Cardinals rallied from five runs down to get the win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Brookside got a couple of big breaks, but it made the most of its opportunities as well. Dudley Taw tied the game with an RBI triple after a controversial call, then Kenny Pierson drove in the winning run with a sharp single down the line as the Cardinals came from behind to Read More…

H.S. baseball: Keystone comes up clutch at plate, on mound to slip past Firelands, stay undefeated in PAC

Keystone's Tyler Gullett, right, crosses plate after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

PENFIELD — Marcus Gunter felt a lot better and Collin Fitzgerald was just what the doctor ordered for Keystone in a 3-2 win Wednesday over Firelands. Gunter, who missed a couple of days this week with the flu, hit a go-ahead home run in the second inning, a line shot over the left-field fence that Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst attacks fastballs, rolls past North Ridgeville

Amherst second baseman Zack Bires misses the tag on North Ridgeville’s Nathan Colbert on Wednesday during the Comets’ 12-4 win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — The Comets had some inside information and a definitive approach. Facing North Ridgeville ace left-hander Mike Martin, the Comets jumped on the first fastball they saw all game. Amherst had 11 hits and nine runs (four earned) against the hard-throwing senior in moving to 3-0 overall with a 12-4 victory Wednesday. The Comets Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic keeps fighting back, finally downs Black River on big Brian Mihalo double

Elyria Catholic’s Omar Vazquez slides into second ahead of the tag by Black River second baseman Glen Crabtree. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Brian Mihalo took a deep breath and dug back in. After taking a two-strike fastball that missed the outside corner by centimeters, Mihalo lashed a two-run double down the left-field line to give Elyria Catholic a come-from-behind 11-10 win over Black River in its home opener. Mihalo jumped on a 2-2 curveball, lashing Read More…