April 17, 2014

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High school softball: Elyria endures long day, finally downs Mason to make state final

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AKRON — Behind freshman Carly Bachna’s extra-base hitting and senior Caitlyn Minney’s three-hit shutout pitching, Elyria rolled into a Division I state championship Thursday night. The third-ranked Pioneers defeated Mason of the Cincinnati area, 5-0, to earn yet another title game shot at nemesis No. 1, undefeated North Canton Hoover at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Read More…

Success is contagious at Columbia High School: Softball leading the way for a whole slate of winning teams

COLUMBIA STATION — The smallest public high school in Lorain County packed quite an athletic punch this school year. While the Columbia High School softball team will play Columbus Bishop Ready today in a Division III state semifinal, that success is just the latest, and the biggest, in an impressive list of athletic accolades earned Read More…

High school baseball: Midview’s Eric Lauer, Firelands’ Joe San Felippo, Elyria Catholic’s Joey Begany and Keystone’s Tyler Gulett make first team All-Ohio

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Four area high school baseball players received All-Ohio first-team honors this week from the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. Midview’s Eric Lauer made it in Division I, Joe San Felippo of Firelands in Division II, and Keystone’s Tyler Gullett and Elyria Catholic’s Joey Begany in Division III. The All-Ohio award caps a terrific career Read More…

Minney gets job done as Elyria downs Mason in state softball semifinal

AKRON — Elyria softball coach Ken Fenik said senior pitcher Caitlyn Minney can work the ball high and low, inside and out. Mason described Minney’s pitching as wild. The bottom line? Minney struck out nine Comets hitters during a three-hit shutout as the Pioneers rolled to a 5-0 victory in a rain-delayed Division I state Read More…

State softball: Emma Sullivan, Raiders finally make big dance

Columbia senior Emma Sullivan will lead the Raiders into the Division III state semifinals Friday against Columbus Bishop Ready. Sullivan and her teammates look to capitalize on a long-awaited trip to the state tournament. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

It’s only fitting that Columbia senior Emma Sullivan will end her high school career playing in the state tournament because for most of the past three seasons she has already been performing at a championship level. Sullivan and the rest of the Raiders will take on Columbus Bishop Ready in the Division III state semifinals Read More…

State softball: Pioneers, Comets are familiar foes

Elyria High’s Mackenzie Phares takes a throw during practice Tuesday. Teammates Madison Fullmer, left, and Kaitlin Laeseke look on. The Pioneers take on Mason in the Division I state semifinals today. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

If it seems like deja vu in Akron about lunchtime today, it’s because you might very well have experienced it before. At 12:30 p.m., third-ranked Elyria (26-5) takes on Mason (23-7) in the second of two Division I state semifinals at Firestone Stadium. It won’t be the first time the schools have clashed in the Read More…

Baseball: Midview’s Eric Lauer could go fast in MLB draft

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Recent Midview graduate Eric Lauer may have a big decision to make within the next few days based on what happens in today’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The left-handed Lauer, with a baseball scholarship in hand at Kent State, is the second-rated draft prospect out of Ohio behind Kent State starting pitcher Tyler Read More…

Playing their parts to perfection: Elyria High’s role players have been key to another successful season

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There are three more Lorain County softball pitchers who can add the words first-team All-Ohio to their impressive list of accomplishments. Elyria senior Caitlyn Minney and Avon Lake senior Annie Wennerberg were named first-team in Division I by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association, while Clearview junior Sarah Kaya made it in Division Read More…

All-Ohio softball: Elyria’s Caitlyn Minney, Avon Lake’s Annie Wennerberg and Clearview’s Sarah Kaya make first team

There are three more Lorain County softball pitchers who can add the words first-team All-Ohio to their impressive list of accomplishments. Elyria senior Caitlyn Minney and Avon Lake senior Annie Wennerberg were named first-team in Division I by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association, while Clearview junior Sarah Kaya made it in Division Read More…

Regional Softball: Big blast by Carly Bachna sends Elyria back to Final Four

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CLYDE — When freshman Carly Bachna went to bat in the sixth inning Saturday, Elyria had runners on first and second with no outs. Bachna had orders. She could swing at one pitch, but she was told to bunt if she failed to connect with the swing. She connected. She blasted the first pitch over Read More…