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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…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst gets dominant pitching in doubleheader sweep of Lorain

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AMHERST — Any true baseball fan can recite the last line of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s famous “Casey at the Bat” poem — “mighty Casey has struck out.” For Amherst junior Casey McConihe, “14” needed to be added to the end of the tale of the famous Mudville nine. McConihe struck out 14 in opening Saturday’s Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone’s Lauren Shaw throws no-hitter, but loses to Mentor’s perfect game

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LAGRANGE — Double no-hitters are about as common as professional sports championships in Cleveland. Rare as they are, softball fans were treated to one on a sunny and chilly Saturday afternoon at LaGrange Community Park. It happened in Mentor’s 2-0 victory over host Keystone in a four-way invitational that featured some of northern Ohio’s top Read More…

High school baseball: EC downs Vermilion in slugfest

Elyria Catholic's Andrew Abrahamowicz hits an RBI double in second inning of a home game against Vermilion on April 8. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It may have been cold, wet and foggy Wednesday, but Elyria Catholic and Vermilion managed to heat up the field with their bats. The teams took turns battering each other’s pitching staffs and trading the lead four times. Vermilion loaded the bases in the seventh but Elyria Catholic reliever Sean Darmafall (1-0) coaxed Read More…

H.S. Baseball Preview: Following famous relative has its benefits and difficulties, as Amherst’s Rees Rua and EC’s Dominic Piazza can attest

Elyria Catholic's Dominic Piazza, left, and his father Dominic Sr. on April 6. The Piazzas have a long history of success in Lorain County high school baseball and softball. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It isn’t always easy to be a legacy. There are footsteps that must be followed. And a precedent has been set, leaving a standard by which one is measured. When that standard is excellence, the challenge is greater. Amherst center fielder Rees Rua and Elyria Catholic pitcher Dominic Piazza carry expectations that accompany their last Read More…