November 26, 2014

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Hot stove: Columbia among area teams to qualify for state tournament

South Amherst-Firelands’ Evan Lacey leaps to try and catch a throw Sunday as Columbia’s Alec Paine slides into second base. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Getting back to Alliance to compete for another state title was certainly on the minds of the South Amherst-Firelands Crushers as they faced the challenge of Columbia Morgan Truck on Sunday night at Palmer Field No.3. But Columbia (25-13) had other ideas as it dropped a five-spot on the Crushers in the Read More…

Lorain County Nightmares get defensive

Nightmares quarterback Cody Schuster, an Elyria Catholic product, scrambles Saturday during a victory over the Cleveland Saints. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — They’re nicknamed the Nightmares for good reason. Saturday night, Elyria’s contribution to Lorain County’s defensive line — EHS grads Mitch Tulk, Sonny Hazelwood and Brandon Bailey — all wreaked havoc on Cleveland Saints quarterback David Thompson as the Nightmares escaped with a 34-26 victory over the Saints at Ross Field. It was Read More…

Prospect League: Ironmen get rare home win with walk-off single in 9th

Lorain County Ironmen first baseman Tyler Bires misses tagging Dansville Dans' Taylor Selesky. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — It hasn’t exactly been the friendly confines this summer for the Lorain County Ironmen. For only the third time in 15 games at The Pipe Yard, the Ironmen found a way to win a game as they edged Danville, 5-4, Thursday on a walk-off, bases-loaded, two-out single by Baldwin Wallace’s Kyle Chontos in Read More…

Ironmen not off much, but still losing­

Ironmen's Cody Semler tags out Miners' Taylor Kellner at second base. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Joe Rhomberg figures the worm has to turn sometime. His Lorain County Ironmen continue to battle with nothing to show for it in Prospect League play. Tuesday night was more of the same as West Virginia won 5-4 at The Pipe Yard. The Ironmen (11-18) are 0-3 in the second half of the Read More…

Two area athletes win regional titles in Pitch, Hit and Run competition

run comp

CLEVELAND — Ryan Walsh and Gavin Markel will be on the edge of their seats waiting for the chance of a lifetime following the regional Pitch, Hit and Run competition held at Progressive Field on June 21. Walsh won the youngest regional division (7-8-year-olds) while Markel won the 11-12 category and both hope to qualify Read More…

Lorain County Ironmen strand 13, lose eighth of last 10

Lorain County’s Anthony Nemer tags out the Paints’ Diamyn Hall on a steal attempt in the second inning Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — It just seemed destined that Lorain County was not going to win Monday night at The Pipe Yard. The Ironmen waited out a one-hour, 18-minute rain delay only to find themselves on the short end of a 2-1 count to Chillicothe. They’ve dropped two straight and eight of their last 10 to fall into Read More…

Prospect League: Close call goes against Ironmen, who fall 9-8 to Richmond in 11 innings

Ironmen's Taylor Emody slides into home plate on Saturday. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — No one really knew for sure if it was a foul tip or a swing and a miss, but it’ll be talked about all day today. That call — or non-call — was the controversial difference for Lorain County on Saturday night in a 9-8 loss to Richmond in 11 innings. The Ironmen Read More…

Prospect League: Mistakes continue Lorain County skid

Ironmen center fielder Addison Rospert fields a bouncing ball Tuesday against Champion City at The Pipe Yard. The Ironmen committed four errors and lost their fourth in a row. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Each team had nine hits and four errors at The Pipe Yard on Tuesday night. Close game, right? Not exactly. Champion City turned two double plays and minimized its mistakes in turning back Lorain County 6-1 in Prospect League play. The Ironmen have dropped four games in a row after winning their first Read More…

Prospect League: Butler’s Dennis Lyman shuts down Ironmen, who lose 2nd straight

Lorain County's Tyler Greiner was just one of many Ironmen batters that couldn't figure out Butler's Dennis Lyman on Sunday afternoon. AMANDA RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other side. That pretty much spelled out Sunday afternoon’s Prospect League outing as Butler’s Dennis Lyman was just short of sensational in shutting out Lorain County, 6-0, at The Pipe Yard. Butler (4-1) swept the two-game set to hand the Ironmen their first Read More…

High school baseball: Avon Lake loses big lead, still gets win in 12 innings to salvage doubleheader split with Elyria

Avon Lake’s Matt Gottshall makes it to third base before the ball gets to Elyria third baseman Zack Minney on Saturday at Avon Lake. The teams split a doubleheader. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — David Winkel, Avon Lake’s center fielder, figured enough was enough Saturday. He stepped in with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the 12th inning against Elyria with his teammates and fans pleading with him to end the marathon second game and salvage a split for Avon Lake right then Read More…