August 2, 2014

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Hot Stove state tournament: Keystone edged in Class GG final

Keystone’s Nathan Archer pitches during the Class GG state championship game Sunday in Alliance. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ALLIANCE — As anyone who has ever watched a Super Bowl or NCAA Final Four can tell you, championship games rarely live up to the pregame expectations. Sunday’s Class GG Hot Stove baseball state championship game between Keystone Houston Alco Manufacturing and the Rootstown Rovers was different. It featured stellar pitching and outstanding defense the Read More…

OGSO State Tournament: Perfection, title elude Wellington

Champion’s Ava Howell slides into home before Wellington Lightning pitcher Payton Regal can secure the ball and make the tag in the Class A final. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — With storm clouds rolling in from the west Saturday afternoon, the Wellington Lightning was one out away from perfection, one out away from an Ohio Girls Softball Organization Class A (ages 9-10) state championship. Then, as the skies started to open up, the Champion offense poured it on, scoring two runs with two Read More…

Friends reunite for fun … and final run at Hot Stove state title

Cole Sklarek, center, had the idea to reconnect with some of his friends and past Hot Stove teammates this year for 
a final run at a state title. Joining him, from left to right, are Johnny Sigsworth, Ryan Barnes, Dylan Steindl and Steve Pete. The plan proved to be a good one as the South Amherst Firelands Class E team is just two wins from that title. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — Firelands High School senior Cole Sklarek didn’t want to spend another summer playing travel baseball. He figured he had a better idea: stay close to home, get his best friends together and take care of some unfinished business. So Sklarek spent last fall and winter convincing his friends and family members to Read More…

Softball: Firelands holds off Sheffield for OGSO Class D title

Alexis Coggins bats against Grafton Nancy's Diner.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

GRAFTON — If South Amherst Firelands wasn’t having fun prior to the second inning of Wednesday’s Class D OGSO county championship game against the Sheffield Crushers, it was having a party by the third inning. Firelands scored 11 runs in the inning to propel it to a 13-8 win and its second consecutive county championship. Read More…

OGSO state tournament: Grafton, Wellington stay perfect

Marella McMahon, left, and Meghan Newton celebrate Grafton Nancy’s Main Street Diner’s victory over the Bristol Panthers during a state semifinal game Sunday at Wellington Community Park.  ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Grafton Nancy’s Main Street Diner and Wellington Lightning kept their perfect seasons alive and moved to within a victory of a state title Sunday at the Ohio Girls Softball Organization state tournament. In Class B, Grafton scored in five of the first six innings in a 7-2 win over the Bristol Panthers. Nancy’s Read More…

OGSO: North Ridgeville’s Barnhart tosses no-no in Class A state semifinal

Columbia short stop Mikayla Dupuski tags Mogadore's Cassie Westfall out at second. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — What’s better than winning an Ohio Girls Softball Organization state quarterfinal game? How about throwing a no-hitter in the biggest game of the year. That’s exactly what North Ridgeville Ganley Lincoln pitcher Katie Barnhart did Saturday in the Crushers’ 4-0 win over Suffield Congress Lake in a Class A game at Wellington Community Read More…

Little League baseball: Avon stays alive with district win over Cuyahoga Falls

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The 11U Avon Little League All-Stars drove 50 miles to try to save their season Thursday night, but when they arrived in Cuyahoga Falls they walked their way to a win. Avon drew 15 walks off five different Cuyahoga Falls North pitchers in an 11-5 win at Wyoga Lake Park. With the Read More…

OGSO: South Amherst Firelands falls in Class D state final

Buckeye's Kelsie Shultz beats the throw at the plate to Firelands' catcher Alex Willis. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — South Amherst Firelands experienced the joy of victory and agony of defeat all within a matter of hours Wednesday in the Ohio Girls Softball Organization Class D state tournament at Wellington Community Park. The night started off well with a 7-0 semifinal win over the Lorain Xplosion, but the powerful Buckeye offense proved Read More…

Olmsted Falls’ Kerri Gasper chooses Division I Evansville for basketball, nursing programs

Kerri Gasper

Olmsted Falls senior Kerri Gasper was thinking about her basketball future and her future after basketball earlier this week when she orally committed to the University of Evansville. Gasper, a shooting guard, was highly sought after by a number of other midmajor Division I programs but she chose the Purple Aces because of coach Oties Read More…

OGSO: Trip to batting cages pays off for Katie Strauser, Lorain Xplosion

Lorain's Tonja Hannibal slides safely into third as Wellington third baseman Taylor Hardwick attempts to tag her out.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Lorain Xplosion designated player Katie Strauser did something Tuesday she hadn’t done all summer. She made a trip to the batting cages. A few hours later she had another new experience — leading the Xplosion with two doubles and four RBIs in a 7-5 win over Wellington Harrison Ford in an Ohio Girls Read More…