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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…

H.S. softball: Elyria making trips to state tournament a rite of spring

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It’s been 20 years since an Elyria High softball team first played in a state Final Four. The Pioneers were to take on the Westerville South Greyhounds, the eventual state runner-up, in a 1994 semifinal. Ken Fenik, who was coach Sue Cohagen’s assistant at the time, said he knew before the game started Elyria was Read More…

Regional Softball: Elyria’s improbable run reaches Final Four as streaking Pioneers claim fourth straight regional title

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CLYDE — If it seems like fantasy, it’s because it was so improbable. Three weeks ago, few people, if any, would have given Elyria’s softball team the remotest chance of returning to the state Final Four. But perceived improbabilities are why they play the games. With a largely unexpected 4-0 victory over second-ranked Brecksville on Read More…

Division II regional baseball: Heavy hearts hard to overcome as Keystone held to one hit and no runs in loss to Perkins

Keystone's Kendle Stiner kneels in the infield after a 10-0 loss to Perkins. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

TIFFIN — Perkins left-hander Braun Miller showed Keystone why he will be pitching for Ohio State in the future. The 6-foot-4 junior dominated the Wildcats on Thursday in a 10-0 Division II regional semifinal win at Tiffin University’s Heminger Field, allowing just one hit while striking out 14 of the 20 batters he faced. Aaron Read More…

Division II regional softball: Tough week ends in tough loss as Keystone manages just one hit in 4-1 loss to Maumee

Keystone's Emily Cornish, left, and Sammie Stefan react after a loss to Maumee. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

BUCYRUS — At the end of an emotionally draining week, Keystone’s softball season came to an emotional end Thursday afternoon. Maumee, a team with nine regular-season losses, pinned a 4-1 defeat on the second-ranked Wildcats in a Division II regional semifinal delayed 22 hours by rain. In the course of their final game, the Wildcats Read More…

Division I regional softball: Elyria on brink of state tourney thanks to huge comeback, extra-inning win over Oregon Clay

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CLYDE — Team Wow earned its nickname. And then some. Elyria softball coach Ken Fenik dubbed his club Team Wow after putting together a great run at the end of the season. He was left nearly speechless Wednesday after watching his Pioneers score four times in the sixth inning and twice in the eighth inning Read More…