April 25, 2014

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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 rare off day as Central Crossing hands Middies first loss of year

Midview center fielder Morgan Hamker dives for the ball but can’t come up with it Friday against Central Crossing in Akron. Midview suffered its first loss of the year. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AKRON — Midview has been hitting the ball with authority all season. Friday the Middies had a hard time just hitting the ball out of the infield. Central Crossing sophomore Ally Gruen held Midview’s prolific offense to four hits, all singles, as the Comets defeated the Middies 4-1 at the Akron Racers Spring Showcase at 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…

High school softball: Keystone pounds out 17 hits against Firelands, stays undefeated, gets payback for district loss

Firelands' Brittany Reising can't get a grip on the ball as Keystone's Summer Constable makes it to second safely. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — The last time Keystone and Firelands met at LaGrange Community Park, the Falcons broke three streaks. It was May 22 last year and they defeated the Wildcats 1-0 in a Division II district semifinal for their first win over Keystone in at least nine seasons. Until then, the Wildcats hadn’t lost a game Read More…

High school baseball: Brookside defeats Black River in rainy conditions after mix-up leads to late start

Brookside’s Ryan Blotzer dives in safely at home as Black River catcher Brock Waltz checks out the other runners during the third inning Monday at Black River High School. Brookside overcame rainy conditions to win and hand the Pirates their first Patriot Athletic Conference loss of the year. AARON JOSEFCZYK / CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — Well, that was awkward. Weekday high school baseball games almost always start around 4:30 p.m., but a communication mix-up Monday caused Brookside to arrive at 5:21 for its Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game against Black River. Dudley Taw didn’t seem to mind, as the left-hander led the Cardinals to an easy Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Elyria Catholic comfortable at Progressive Field, gives Highland big league beatdown

Elyria Catholic second baseman Christian Stanziano tags out Highland's Zac Melchiorre attempting to steal Sunday during the Panthers' 12-2 win at Progressive Field. AARON JOSEFCZYK/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Progressive Field has tamed many a baseball team during its time on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Not Elyria Catholic. Playing for the second year in a row in the Cleveland Indians Hardball Classic, the Panthers once again rose to the occasion in another easy win. On Sunday, it came at the Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Defense deciding factor in North Olmsted’s win over Elyria

Elyria's Zack Rosenkoetter gets a triple in the bottom of the sixth against Olmsted Falls. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — With the way North Olmsted played defense, no one would believe the Eagles have practiced only one time outdoors this spring. The Eagles managed to make a couple key plays in the field when they needed to and came away with a 5-4 win over Elyria on Saturday afternoon at George Day Field Read More…

High school softball: Tough weekend at Wendy’s Classic could be good learning experience for Elyria, Columbia

Elyria's Alex Dick is tagged out at second while teammate Madison Fullmer makes a break for home at Brookside West Park in Ashland. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ASHLAND — Elyria’s softball team is undefeated no longer. The Pioneers lost twice Saturday in the 21st Wendy’s Spring Classic that was rearranged by wet grounds from Brookside Park and Brookside West to other diamonds in Ashland County. Columbia, playing in Loudonville 20 miles south, split its two Saturday games in the 24-team invitational that Read More…