August 28, 2014


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…

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…