April 20, 2014

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High school baseball: Resilient Avon edges North Olmsted

AVON — The ability to take a punch and bounce back quickly isn’t just an essential virtue in boxing, but also a valuable team skill in baseball with its staccato waves of momentum. Avon demonstrated this point Saturday afternoon as they responded to each shot administered by North Olmsted to secure a 6-5 victory in Read More…

High school baseball: Amherst says blank you very much, gets two shutouts in non-conference sweep of Lorain

LORAIN — In baseball, setting the table, finding ways to score and keeping your opponent off the board guarantee success. Amherst did just that Saturday in sweeping Lorain in a non-conference doubleheader at The Pipe Yard. The Comets shut out the Titans 7-0 and 6-0 to improve to 9-2. Lorain fell to 5-4. “I just Read More…

High school baseball: Westlake starts fast, slows Midview

WESTLAKE — The Demons have had a tough time getting going offensively. That wasn’t the case Friday when Westlake scored seven runs in the first three innings and staved off a Midview comeback to win 8-5 in non-conference play. Ryan Nebraska led off with a single and scored on Kent Axcell’s deep shot to the Read More…

High school baseball: Keystone dispatches Firelands quickly

HENRIETTA TWP. — With an overnight trip to Columbus for a doubleheader looming, Keystone knew it had to work fast Friday against Firelands. Senior pitcher Kendle Stiner did his part. Stiner tossed a three-hit shutout, walking one and striking out nine, and helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and four Read More…

High school softball: Midview’s offense suffers a rare off day as Central Crossing hands Middies their first loss of the year

Senior third baseman Carlee Grunda was the only Midview player with two hits. Grunda just beat out an infield single in the second inning and led off the seventh with a line-drive single to center. “(Gruen) wasn’t anything really spectacular but she was just able to hit that outside corner all day,” Grunda said. “My Read More…

H.S. Track: Avon sweeps boys, girls titles at LCAAA Invitational

Chad Allen of Avon runs in the boys 110 meter hurdles preliminaries. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Avon High cruised to a sweep Thursday at the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Invitational. The Avon boys defended their title with 130 points, outdistancing second-place Amherst (118). The Avon girls won the meet for the first time since 2009, as they topped two-time defending champ Amherst 123-103. Both Avon wins came through Read More…

College signings: North Ridgeville residents Andrew, David Dowell orally commit to Northwestern

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Ever since Andrew Dowell was born 22 minutes before his twin brother, David, they have been competing against each other. They’ve also done everything together. Their competitive fire has blossomed at St. Edward. The North Ridgeville residents have excelled on the football field, where they led the Eagles to the Division I Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria not at its best, but gets past St. Joseph Academy

Elyria third baseman Sybil Roseboro, left, rushes in and picks up a grounder Thursday. The pitcher is Carly Bachna. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Pioneers got all they could handle Thursday from Cleveland St. Joseph Academy. Yes, the Pioneers prevailed 6-2 in the non-conference game, but it wasn’t that easy. The Jaguars entered with a 1-5 record, but didn’t look the part. They outhit the Pioneers 7-6, left 10 runners stranded and committed only one error Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Brookside rallies from 5-run deficit, beats Columbia 7-6

Brookside’s Kyle Houston gets ready to put the tag on Columbia’s Tristen Rindfleisch at third during the fourth inning of Thursday’s Patriot Athletic Conference game at Brookside. The Cardinals rallied from five runs down to get the win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Brookside got a couple of big breaks, but it made the most of its opportunities as well. Dudley Taw tied the game with an RBI triple after a controversial call, then Kenny Pierson drove in the winning run with a sharp single down the line as the Cardinals came from behind to Read More…

H.S. baseball: Keystone comes up clutch at plate, on mound to slip past Firelands, stay undefeated in PAC

Keystone's Tyler Gullett, right, crosses plate after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

PENFIELD — Marcus Gunter felt a lot better and Collin Fitzgerald was just what the doctor ordered for Keystone in a 3-2 win Wednesday over Firelands. Gunter, who missed a couple of days this week with the flu, hit a go-ahead home run in the second inning, a line shot over the left-field fence that Read More…