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District Softball: Pioneers find special meaning in 10th straight district title

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Elyria has made winning district championships an annual tradition, as much a part of May as Memorial Day and the Indianapolis 500. But the 5-0 win over Midview on Thursday in the Division I North Ridgeville district final — Elyria’s 10th straight title — still felt special. It could have been because Read More…

District Softball: Keystone comes alive, rallies past Cloverleaf with big blasts

Keystone's Mekenah Peters rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone, the state’s second-ranked Division II squad, found itself in a jam against sub-.500 Cloverleaf on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats trailed the Colts 3-1 in the fifth inning of their district semifinal at Community Park, and Cloverleaf pitcher Sierra Pickett was working on a two-hitter. In the end, it took two freshmen, a Read More…

District softball: Clearview has chances, can’t convert

Clearview’s Taleiyia Jackson tags out Buckeye’s Abby Cooper at second base Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Brad Bournival The Chronicle-Telegram LaGRANGE TWP. — Clearview looked for that timely base hit Thursday. It never came. The Clippers wanted that clutch third out to end a scoring threat. Twice they came up empty. As a result, second-seeded Clearview lost 4-2 to sixth-seeded Buckeye in a Division II district semifinal. The Clippers were trying Read More…

Division II baseball: Keystone wins 4th straight district championship

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PARMA HTS. — Keystone knew the road to a fourth straight district championship was going to be a lot tougher this season. But the Wildcats, who moved up to Division II this year, were able to get it done, scratching out a 3-1 district final win over Benedictine on Wednesday at Cuyahoga Community College’s Mottl Read More…

District softball: Amanda Beursken’s record-setting home run provides spark as Midview upsets Westlake

Midview’s Amanda Beursken watches the ball after connecting on a three-run home run in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s district semifinal win over Westlake. It was Beursken’s Lorain County-record 26th career home run. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Midview senior Amanda Beursken provided her team with a huge lift Wednesday against top-seeded Westlake — and made Lorain County softball history in the process. Beursken crushed a high, outside pitch over the center-field fence at North Ridgeville High School for a three-run homer in the fourth inning that propelled the third-seeded Middies to a Read More…

District softball: Elyria proves coach wrong, makes it back to district final with win over second-seeded Amherst

Elyria's Veronica Zack slides safely into second as Amherst's Sarah Miller catches the throw. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Somewhere around the midpoint of the softball schedule, the Elyria Pioneers were struggling with an up-and-down season. Coach Ken Fenik told his players if they continued to play as they had been, they would finish with a less than Elyria-like record. So he predicted what that record would be, wrote the prediction Read More…

District baseball: Three error-aided runs enough to end EC’s season

Elyria Catholic's Joey Begany, center, and Noah Bland try to tag out Independence's Brett Teare. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — The three runs may have been unearned, but unfortunately for Elyria Catholic pitcher Joey Begany, those runs still counted on the scoreboard. Independence scored a pair of unearned runs in the first, then, after Brycen Wise reached on a two-out error, pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the seventh in Read More…

District baseball: Kendle Stiner shuts down Buckeye as Keystone closes in on another trip to regionals

Keystone’s Kendle Stiner delivers Tuesday in a 2-1 win over Buckeye. He pitched a complete game, striking out seven. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

PARMA HTS. — Keystone is just one win away from its fourth district championship in a row. The Wildcats scratched out a 2-1 win over Buckeye on Tuesday in a Division II district semifinal played at Cuyahoga Community College’s Mottl Field. Keystone (22-5) advanced to play Benedictine today at Tri-C at 5 p.m. in the Read More…

District baseball: Amherst resident Jon Laird leads St. Edward past Comets in district final

Amherst’s Kody Bledsoe slides back safely into first base on Tuesday vs. St. Edward. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The final score was much different, but there was an identical subplot. The afternoon after Avon Lake resident Michael Cuva pitched St. Edward past Avon Lake in the Division I district semifinal, Amherst resident Jon Laird shut down Amherst, earning the Eagles a district title and trip to the Bowling Green regional tournament Read More…

Sectional softball: Elyria toughs out win over Avon

Elyria’s Elizabeth Ellis, left, high-fives Anna Daly after Daly scored the first run against Avon in the third inning of Monday’s sectional final. The Pioneers won 3-1 and move on to face Amherst on Wednesday in a district semifinal. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A season’s worth of preparation and practice came down to less than 90 minutes of softball Monday for Avon and Elyria in a Division I sectional final. Fortunately for Coach Ken Fenik, his Pioneers have learned their lessons well as Mackenzie Phares’ two-out, opposite-field RBI double in the third inning set the tone Read More…