April 28, 2015

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High school baseball: Firelands relievers slam door on Buckeye in key Patriot Athletic Conference game

YORK TWP. — Trevor Damron and Kyle Wilson put Firelands closer to its goal of winning the Patriot Athletic Conferences Stars Division championship. The sophomore relievers made clutch pitches when the game got tense Monday, allowing the Falcons to fight off a potential collapse and defeat Buckeye 7-4 on a blustery afternoon. Damron allowed one Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria suffers 1st loss of year to Walsh Jesuit in Wendy’s bracket final

ASHLAND — The Pioneers are no longer perfect. Elyria lost its first game of the season Saturday afternoon, despite strong pitching by junior right-hander Elizabeth Ellis. The 3-0 defeat came at the hands of Walsh Jesuit in the Black pool bracket final of the 22nd annual Wendy’s Spring Classic at Brookside Park. Earlier in the Read More…

High school baseball: Late rally lifts Amherst over Elyria

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ELYRIA — Ed Piazza hopes his Elyria Pioneers learned something Friday in its 9-8 non-conference loss to Amherst. Despite leading hitter Marques Inman on the bench for violating team rules, the Pioneers raced out to an 8-2 lead after three innings. It wasn’t enough. Behind the strong relief pitching of junior Hunter Kuzak and the Read More…

High school softball: Feel-bad story ends well for Midview as Lauren Landers fights through bad cold, beats Vermilion

Midview's Lauren Landers turned in a strong performance Thursday against Vermilion despite battling a cold. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Cough, cough, cough. Strike, strike, strike. That was Midview sophomore pitcher Lauren Landers all Thursday afternoon in a 4-2 West Shore Conference softball victory over Vermilion. “She was a very sick young woman,” Midview coach Mike Ives said. “I asked her this afternoon if she was up to pitching. She took a Read More…

High school baseball: Passed balls lead to North Ridgeville win over Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic outfielder Sean Darmafall makes a running catch during a game at North Ridgeville on Wednesday, April 15. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Elyria Catholic sophomore Jeff Spencer took one for the team. After a long afternoon of baseball at Avon on Tuesday, the Panthers’ regular catcher, sophomore Jeremy Smith, had a tired arm and needed a day off. The problem coach Bruce Lisicky faced was that he has no backup catcher on the roster. Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria rallies for 11-10 win over Medina after blowing 5-run lead

Elyria High School junior pitcher Elizabeth Ellis (3) pitches against Medina on Wednesday afternoon, April 15. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It wasn’t typical Elyria softball, but it was still good enough. The Pioneers watched a five-run lead evaporate as Medina put up eight runs in the fifth inning, but Elyria rallied with three in the sixth and got a two-out walk-off winner from Elizabeth Ellis, who picked up the win on the mound Read More…

High School Softball: Keystone sweeps Firelands in twin bill

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LAGRANGE — Keystone posted two Patriot Athletic Conference wins over Firelands on Tuesday afternoon at Community Park. The first, which ended after five innings with the Wildcats rolling 15-1, completed a game begun Monday in South Amherst. It was suspended by rain with Keystone batting in the top of the fourth inning. Keystone turned in Read More…

High school baseball: Streaks end as Keystone, Firelands split

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PENFIELD TWP. — Firelands came into Tuesday sporting an undefeated record. Keystone came in not having not lost a Patriot Athletic Conference game since 2013. Thanks to Monday’s rain, which caused a suspended game at Firelands High School to resume prior to Tuesday’s regularly scheduled affair at Penfield Community Park, both streaks came to an Read More…

H.S. Softball: Westlake’s Katie Lew strikes out 11 in 11-0 win over Olmsted Falls

Westlake's Katie Lew pitches at home against Olmsted Falls on Monday, April 13. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Coach Tom Shiban has made his share of good decisions in 14 years leading the Westlake Demons. On Monday, two of those decisions paid major dividends in an 11-0, five-inning Southwestern Conference win over Olmsted Falls. The first decision was easy. Westlake made the call to move the first pitch from 7 p.m. Read More…

High school softball: Fast start, all-around game carry Amherst past Nordonia

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AMHERST — A fast start was exactly what Amherst wanted against Nordonia. An all-around solid game was just what it needed. The Comets got both in defeating Nordonia 6-2 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Comets starter Zoe Beetler, energized by an early 3-0 lead, went all seven innings, while her defense made every play behind Read More…