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Division II regional baseball preview: Keystone feeling confident thanks to dominant pitching, defense

Pitching has been a strength of the Keystone Wildcats all season thanks to the talents of Collin Fitzgerald, left, Kendle Stiner, middle, and Tyler Gullett. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Pitching and defense win games. Just ask Keystone, which used that formula to claim its fourth straight district title and earn a spot in today’s Division II regional semifinal against Perkins at Tiffin University at 5 p.m. Keystone (24-5) was able to accomplish that goal even with a move up to Division II thanks to Read More…

Division I regional track and field: Amherst’s girls 3,200-meter relay, Avon Lake’s Max Seipel headed to state

Avon Lake’s Max Seipel gets ready to launch the discus during the first day 
of Division I regional track at Amherst. Seipel took second to qualify for state. AARON JOSEFCZYK / CHRONICLE

AMHERST — There will be some familiar faces at state next week after some outstanding performances on the first day of the Division I regional track meet Wednesday at Amherst Stadium. The Amherst 3,200 girls relay team of Alexis Szivan, Cara Giannuzzi, Megan Parker and Sher Champe qualified for state after taking third place with Read More…

Amherst’s Justin Mott named Lorain County Mr. Baseball

Justin Mott was named  Lorain County Mr. Baseball. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Amherst’s Justin Mott had no idea. Mott received one of the best surprises of his life Saturday when he was named Lorain County’s Mr. Baseball before the senior all-star games at Vermilion High School. “It’s a good feeling,” Mott said. “I didn’t even think I was in the running for it or wasn’t Read More…

Division II baseball: Keystone wins 4th straight district championship

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PARMA HTS. — Keystone knew the road to a fourth straight district championship was going to be a lot tougher this season. But the Wildcats, who moved up to Division II this year, were able to get it done, scratching out a 3-1 district final win over Benedictine on Wednesday at Cuyahoga Community College’s Mottl Read More…

District baseball: Kendle Stiner shuts down Buckeye as Keystone closes in on another trip to regionals

Keystone’s Kendle Stiner delivers Tuesday in a 2-1 win over Buckeye. He pitched a complete game, striking out seven. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

PARMA HTS. — Keystone is just one win away from its fourth district championship in a row. The Wildcats scratched out a 2-1 win over Buckeye on Tuesday in a Division II district semifinal played at Cuyahoga Community College’s Mottl Field. Keystone (22-5) advanced to play Benedictine today at Tri-C at 5 p.m. in the Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic follows script, fights back from early deficit to top Lutheran West, win sectional

Elyria Catholic's Brian Mahilo slides in safely at home. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Elyria Catholic has had a tendency this season to fall behind in games and then fight back to win. It was no different Saturday afternoon as the Panthers climbed out of a hole with a five-run second inning to come back and defeat Lutheran West 7-4 in a Richfield Division III sectional final Read More…

Sectional Softball: North Ridgeville pitcher uses season-best outing to blank Lorain

North Ridgeville’s Nicole Andrews delivers against Lorain on Friday during the Rangers’ 13-0 victory in a 
Division I sectional tournament opener.
Andrews gave up just one hit while striking out 12 Titans. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Nicole Andrews picked the perfect day to have her best pitching performance of the season. Andrews came within three outs of pitching a five-inning perfect game, but settled for a one-hitter in North Ridgeville’s 13-0 mercy-rule win over Lorain in a Division I sectional opener Friday. Andrews befuddled Lorain’s hitters, striking out Read More…

High School Baseball: Senior hits two-out single to give Avon Lake win, sectional title

AVON — Avon Lake’s Kyle Kuhar didn’t want Wednesday’s game to be his last. So the senior delivered a game-winning two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Shoremen past Avon 2-1 in a Lorain Division I sectional final played at All Pro Freight Stadium. “I just wanted to get Read More…

College signing: Keystone standout tight end C.J. Conrad headed to Kentucky, powerful Southeastern Conference

C.J. Conrad

LAGRANGE — C.J. Conrad wanted his 18th birthday to be a memorable one. So he decided to announce to everyone on his special day that Kentucky will be where he has agreed to continue his football career after graduating from Keystone in 2015. “I knew where I was going about a week ago, but I Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria walks off with a win over Midview thanks to Jacob Csizmadia’s 7th-inning grand slam

Elyria shortstop Jacob Csizmadia tags out Midview’s Dylan Steindl trying to stretch 
a single into a double Thursday. Csizmadia won the game with a walk-off grand slam.  KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Jacob Csizmadia turned his worst game into his most memorable one Thursday afternoon. With Elyria trailing Midview by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Csizmadia blasted a walk-off grand slam to beat the Middies 6-4 in non-conference action. The Pioneers (8-13) opened the last inning down 4-0. Read More…