June 27, 2016

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West Shore Conference in Elyria Catholic’s future? School interested in exploring league’s openings

With online forums abuzz with rumors, athletic director Barb Salata confirmed Wednesday night that Elyria Catholic is one of the schools that has submitted a letter of interest about joining the West Shore Conference. “It’s all kind of in the preliminary process right now,” she said. “(The WSC) is looking to see what we have Read More…

Former Vermilion star Andy Oliver set for big decision after being drafted by Tigers; Cubs pick Brookside grad Steve Grife

For the second time in three years, former Vermilion baseball star Andy Oliver has a decision to make in regard to his pro career. The Detroit Tigers selected the left-handed pitcher in the second round of the MLB Draft on Tuesday night, a considerable upgrade from when the Minnesota Twins picked him in the 17th Read More…

MLB Draft: Vermilion’s Oliver could get first-round call

Has it been three years already? Andrew Oliver, an All-Ohio standout at Vermilion High who was selected in the 17th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, will be waiting for a phone call again today when the first-year player draft gets under way. Mock drafts have Oliver going anywhere from No. Read More…

Commentary: Knights’ home opener brings big league dreams to Lorain

LORAIN — Lorain got its first taste of Prospect League baseball Saturday night and the NorthCoast Knights got their first taste of what it might be like to be professional baseball players. The Knights roster consists of college players who are considered potential major league draft picks and are playing in the summer to keep Read More…

Baseball: Knights at Pipe Yard for home opener tonight

Area baseball fans have gotten to see the finished product for years — they just have to drive 30 miles through heavy traffic, then slap down hundreds of dollars for parking, tickets, snacks and souvenirs to enjoy a Cleveland Indians game. Now, starting with tonight’s home opener at The Pipe Yard in Lorain, baseball fans Read More…

Baseball: Prospect League gives college players a chance

For fans who have always wondered what their favorite pro athletes might have looked like early in their careers, the Prospect League may be the perfect place to take in a few baseball games this summer. The league officially kicked off its inaugural season this week, but the Prospect League is actually the expansion and Read More…

Offense doesn’t get the job done as Crushers get shut out by ThunderBolts

AVON — Crushers starting pitcher Josh Faiola needed a big performance against Windy City on Wednesday night, because he was roughed up for 12 runs in three innings against the ThunderBolts in his last start May 27. Faiola was perfect through three innings and kept a shutout going into the sixth, but an error extended Read More…

Crushers’ Gordon Gronkowski glad he didn’t say so long to baseball

AVON — Gordon Gronkowski almost made the decision to end his professional baseball career. The big-hitting first baseman knew it’s a long shot for a player to find his way onto a major league roster, and Gronkowski’s family had a chain of 18 fitness equipment stores that he helps run during the offseasons and could Read More…

Crushers get win in home opener

AVON — As Lake Erie manager John Massarelli leaned back in his chair during the postgame news conference, he let out a sigh and said, “Now the season starts.” The Crushers’ home-opening 5-2 victory over the Windy City ThunderBolts on Tuesday night wasn’t so much a baseball game as it was a celebratory event for Read More…

Lake Erie Crushers: New ballpark, team creating a buzz

The buzz of excitement surrounding the Lake Erie Crushers’ inaugural season can be heard emanating from the city of Avon. Most of it comes from the team’s brand-new fan base, while some of it is from the Crushers themselves. “We’re stoked,” center fielder Luke Hetherington said. “I’ve been to the new stadium three or four Read More…