November 24, 2014

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College signing: Amherst’s Ashlee Dahman to play softball at UConn

Ashlee Dahman

Amherst junior Ashlee Dahman spent the spring and summer catching fly balls in center field for the Comets and for her travel team, New Jersey Intensity. On Thursday, Dahman reached out and grabbed a piece of her future when she orally committed to play softball at the University of Connecticut. “I’ve worked so hard,” Dahman Read More…

Keystone’s Carleigh Herrington named Lorain County Miss Softball

Keystone senior Carleigh Herrington smiles after being named Miss Softball on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Since 1992, the first year it was given, 26 players have earned the Lorain County Miss Softball award. On Tuesday night, Keystone’s celebrated program added its 11th Miss Softball. The honor went to Carleigh Herrington, a senior infielder-designated player, who finished her four-year career with a .425 batting average. In the process of Read More…

All-Lorain County softball: Beursken, Kaya and Minarchick named area’s top players

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Midview senior Amanda Beursken hit home runs like no Lorain County player ever had before and this week was honored by the county’s coaches with the Division I player of the year award. Beursken, who finished with 27 career home runs, received her award prior to the 28th annual Lorain County Senior All-Star Game on Read More…

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya named softball Player of the Year

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya picks up the Lorain County Coaches Player of the Year award Tuesday after going 17-8 with a 1.89 ERA and 281 strikeouts this season, while also batting .438. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — For someone who didn’t start playing fastpitch softball until she was 10 and was never on a summer travel team until she was an eighth-grader, Clearview’s Sarah Kaya caught on quickly. Over the past four seasons, she has been an important part of the Clippers’ huge turnaround under the leadership of coach Denny Read More…

High school softball: Home runs, fun make all-star game special

Carlee Grunda of the Pink team scores before the ball reaches the White team’s Brooklynn Gonzales in the first inning Tuesday night at Wellington Community Park. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — One of the 28th Annual Lorain County All-Star Softball Games turned into home run derby Tuesday at Wellington Community Park. Midview’s Amanda Beursken and Amherst’s Brooklynn Gonzalez each homered as the Pink team picked up a 7-5 win over White. Beursken, who set the Lorain County career home run record with 27, belted Read More…

MLB Draft: Midview’s Cody Callaway picked by Indians in 34th round

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Cody Callaway’s mom went rooting through the family pictures a few days ago and came up with one of him around age 2 all decked out in Cleveland Indians gear. “That was kind of cool,” Callaway said. Even cooler for the recent Midview graduate and his family is the news they received Saturday: Callaway was Read More…

High school baseball: Avon Lake’s Brad Hamilton, Keystone’s Tyler Gullett, Lake Ridge’s Jack Spellman named All-Ohio

For some players, being named first-team all-state by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association is a nice footnote to their high school careers as they head to college to play at the next level. For others, it’s a final honor as the curtain closes on their competitive baseball careers. For Lake Ridge Academy’s Jack Read More…

High school softball: Elyria overpowered, sees championship hopes end with 9-1 semifinal loss to Grove City

Elyria High's Alex Dick hugs teammate Kaitlyn Laseke while fighting back tears after the Pioneers lost in the state softball semifinals Thursday.

AKRON — It only took one pitch for Elyria to realize it might be in trouble Thursday in the Division I state semifinals against Grove City. Greyhound catcher Delaney Mixer smashed Elizabeth Ellis’ opening pitch into the left-field corner of Firestone Stadium for a double to set the tone in what ended up a 9-1 Read More…

Elyria twins Kaitlyn, Kandis Laseke love having fun, but they’re serious about winning another state softball title

Not only are Elyria High’s Kaitlyn and Kandis Laseke identical twins, they also share an identical dream — to win a state softball championship. Kaitlyn will be behind the plate today for the Pioneers when they battle Grove City in the Division I state semifinals at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Kandis, as she has for Read More…

High school softball: Clearview strikeout specialist Sarah Kaya repeats as first-team Division II All-Ohio selection

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya had the same reaction Wednesday to being named first-team All-Ohio in Division II by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association as she did last season when she got the same news. Disbelief. “I didn’t expect it last year and I really didn’t expect it this year either,” said Kaya, who Read More…