May 29, 2015

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High school softball: Alex Kozich comes up with big hit as Avon claims sectional with third win over Midview this year

AVON — Until two weeks ago, Avon second baseman Alex Kozich had never had a game-winning hit. She finally broke the streak when she knocked in the winner against Vermilion during the regular season. But Friday, with the Eagles fighting from behind in a classic struggle with Midview, Kozich hit a winner she might never Read More…

Sectional Baseball: Firelands brings bats, wins title, sends Keystone home

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HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands coach Dan Ransom wanted his team to do one thing against Keystone: Hit the ball hard. The Falcons did that and overcame a late-inning deficit to defeat the Wildcats 9-7 in a Division II sectional final Thursday. The win snapped a string of six consecutive sectional titles for the Wildcats (18-8) Read More…

High school softball: Third-ranked Keystone finds way to win, slips past Vermilion with unearned run, just two hits

LAGRANGE — Keystone has aspirations of playing softball into the month of June, but Wednesday the Wildcats’ dreams nearly ended in the middle of May. Though the Wildcats (22-5) were able to get just two hits off Vermilion sophomore Becca Oates, they still scratched out a 1-0 win thanks to an unearned run in the Read More…

High school baseball: Amherst follows plan, beats Westlake

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AMHERST — Matt Rositano has had a formula he’s wanted his Amherst Comets to follow all season. Wednesday they finally did … and the result was a 7-0 win over Westlake in a Division I sectional final. All season, Rositano has asked his team to jump on its opponents early, asked his starters to keep Read More…

High school softball: Elyria Catholic gets off to a fast start, finishes off Wellington in Division III sectional championship

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WELLINGTON — You’re the home team, you’re on defense to start the game and you retire the opponent’s first two hitters routinely. Not a desired outcome, then, if you allow a rally that produces enough runs to win the game. But it happened to Wellington on a cold, gloomy Wednesday afternoon at Community Park. With Read More…

High school baseball: Midview squeezes past Elyria

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EATON TWP. — Elyria coach Ed Piazza stared out over the field for a couple of seconds, sighed deeply, shook his head and walked out to meet his team. The nonsensical had just ended his team’s season. Midview pulled off the first successful two-out suicide squeeze since “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” when Pioneers first Read More…

Prep baseball: Lorain’s Xavior Moore won’t settle for less

After a long doubleheader against Keystone recently at The Pipe Yard, most of the Lorain Titans went on with their Saturdays. They jumped into their cars and left after sweeping the Wildcats. Lorain sophomore Xavior Moore didn’t go anywhere. With three high school games yet to be played, one featuring state-ranked Walsh Jesuit, Moore had Read More…

High school softball: North Ridgeville survives seventh-inning Vermilion rally to capture first at Firelands Quad

SOUTH AMHERST — North Ridgeville’s softball team was on cruise control Saturday afternoon enjoying a 7-2 lead over Vermilion. There were two outs in bottom of the seventh inning and the Rangers were one out and moments away from the Firelands Quad championship. Ah, but the best laid plans and all that. Vermilion’s resilient Sailors Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Firelands earns share of elusive PAC Stars crown with win over Clearview

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HENRIETTA TWP. — The championship drought is over for Firelands. It took the Falcons four innings to get rolling on offense Thursday, but they put up seven runs over the final three innings to post a 7-0 Patriot Athletic Conference crossover win against Clearview to clinch a Stars Division co-championship with Keystone. Both went 13-3 Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone’s Liz Hayes stars on Senior Day, helps Wildcats past Columbia

Columbia High School short stop Taylor Napoli (10) catches a popfly hit during a game against Keystone High School on Thursday evening, May 7. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — The Keystone softball team held a dual observation Thursday afternoon at Community Park. First, the Wildcats marked their final regular-season home game, following which they treated both teams and their fans to a cookout. They also held their annual Senior Day celebration. That’s singular senior, because there’s only one on the roster. That Read More…