July 30, 2014


OGSO: Lady Rangers down Columbia Vitamix for 3rd win, need 1 more to make state tournament

North Ridgeville Lady Ranger Haley Morris drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning of Monday’s 
6-5 win over Columbia Vitamix in a Class D OGSO regional game at Wellington Park. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — All season the North Ridgeville Lady Rangers were focused on getting ready for the regional tournament. On Monday, that focused paid off. North Ridgeville fell behind early but battled back for a 6-5 win over Columbia Vitamix in Ohio Girls Softball Organization Class D (ages 15-18) action at Wellington Community Park. The Lady Read More…

Hot Stove: Firelands Firehawks, Elyria Gladiators advance

Elyria shortstop Logan Townsley fields a ground ball. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Don’t tell South Amherst Firelands Firehawks right fielder Garrick Sebolt that baseball isn’t a mental game. Sebolt’s quick thinking and fast running propelled the Firehawks to an 8-7 come-from-behind win over Grafton Phillips in a Class GG Hot Stove district tournament game Saturday at Palmer Field. With the score tied and one Read More…

OGSO: North Ridgeville’s Katie Barnhart overcomes illness, strikes out 15 in victory

Grafton's Emilee Cruze smiles after sliding safely into third past Olmsted Falls' third baseman Alanna Peitz. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Before Friday’s Class A Ohio Girls Softball Organization district final, North Ridgeville Ganley Lincoln pitcher Katie Barnhart was suffering from an upset stomach and was unsure if she’d be able to pitch. After drinking a Gatorade, Barnhart felt well enough to step inside the pitcher’s circle. Then it was the Spencer C & Read More…

Girls softball: North Ridgeville Dynasty rallies for victory

Dynasty's pitcher Kaleigh Rukavina pitches against Red Wagon Farm. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — North Ridgeville Dynasty pitcher Kaleigh Rukavina had so much faith in her teammate’s ability to hit the ball that she never worried when she allowed a pair of early runs to Columbia Red Wagon Farm on Wednesday in Ohio Girls Softball Organization Class B district tournament play. “It actually didn’t bother me at Read More…

Softball: Lightning kicks off OGSO district tournament with a win

Lorain Xplosion’s McKenzie Barricklow slides safely into home in front of  Sheffield Magic pitcher Sarah Torres on Monday night. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The Wellington Lightning entered the opening round of the Class A Ohio Girls Softball Organization district tournament Monday with an unblemished record. Pitcher Payton Regal made sure their winning ways continued. Regal pitched a no-hitter, striking out 13 as the Lightning (13-0) defeated the Lorain Dirt Devils 11-1 at Wellington Community Park. Regal Read More…

Hot Stove Regionals: DQ Crushers rally for impressive win

North Ridgeville Dairy Queen Crushers first baseman Jacob Coe catches a pop fly Sunday during a win over the Medina Stars. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The North Ridgeville Dairy Queen Crushers were down but not out in the seventh inning of Sunday’s Class H Hot Stove district tournament opener against the Medina Stars at Palmer Field. The Crushers, trailing by four runs and down to their final out, scored five runs to stun the Stars 8-7. The Read More…

Little League Softball: Elyria East rallies past Avon to stay alive

Avon's Alexis Szalai goes for the steal and is stopped by Elyria's catcher, Erin Laboe. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — The Elyria East All-Stars saved the best for last Saturday night. Elyria scored four runs in the fifth inning to take the lead and Erin Laboe came on in relief to shut down Avon for the final two innings as Elyria East emerged from the U-12 losers bracket with a 9-5 win in Read More…

NHRA Nationals: Cool temperatures make for high speeds, broken records

Erica Enders-Stevens set a Pro Stock track record Saturday in Norwalk at 212.63 mph. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORWALK — Cool temperatures meant blazing-fast speeds Friday as track records quickly fell by the wayside in the first two rounds of qualifying at the eighth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Track records were set in the Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle divisions. In Pro Stock, Erica Enders-Stevens added to her Read More…

Elyria’s Kirsten Fada works with Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome

horse slider

Like many before her, Kirsten Fada followed her dream to California, the place where she could learn new skills, take advantage of new opportunities and socialize with the rich and famous. However, instead of Hollywood, the 2008 Elyria graduate set up shop in Coalinga, 60 miles outside of Fresno, and when she meets a new Read More…

Familiar problem plagues Ironmen in loss to BlueSox

Ironmen's Cody Semler tags out Blue Sox's Nick Sell in a rundown double play to end the second inning. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Former New York Yankees great Yogi Berra could sum up the first three games of the Lorain County Ironmen’s homestand with his signature phrase: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Manager Joe Rhomberg watched his team follow a familiar script Wednesday. They fell behind early and by the time the bats came Read More…