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High School Baseball: Senior hits two-out single to give Avon Lake win, sectional title

AVON — Avon Lake’s Kyle Kuhar didn’t want Wednesday’s game to be his last. So the senior delivered a game-winning two-out RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Shoremen past Avon 2-1 in a Lorain Division I sectional final played at All Pro Freight Stadium. “I just wanted to get Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria halts late North Olmsted rally

Elyria’s Jaeger Shaffstall makes it into home safely as North Olmsted catcher Joe Keleman reaches for the ball in the second inning of Tuesday’s Division I sectional opener at Victory Park. Elyria won. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Just as North Olmsted began a seventh-inning rally in its Division I sectional game against Elyria at Victory Sports Park, a bright rainbow appeared beyond left field, which seemed like a good sign for the Eagles. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow turned out to be under the Read More…

High school baseball: Midview pulls away from North Ridgeville with five-run fifth inning, wins sectional opener

Midview’s Cody Callaway gets ready to tag out North Ridgeville’s Nolan Freeman at second base during Tuesday’s Division I sectional opener. Midview picked up a 7-3 win. KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — What started as a pitchers’ duel exploded in the fifth inning Tuesday afternoon as Midview emerged with a 7-3 win over North Ridgeville in a sectional opener on a hot and windy day. Midview (13-11) advanced to today’s sectional final at Amherst. Both starting pitchers were nearly perfect in the first four Read More…

High school softball: Westlake takes Falcon Quad Invitational championship

Westlake’s Erin Brown delivers a pitch Saturday during a victory over Vermilion in the championship game. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — Southwestern Conference contender Westlake nearly pulled a huge upset when it battled the state’s third-ranked Brecksville Bees on Thursday. Then the Demons, who wound up losing a one-run heartbreaker on the road, nearly became upset victims themselves Saturday. They finally wiggled off the hook and went home with the Falcon Quad Invitational Read More…

High school softball: Columbia picks up second win in as many days against Clearview, takes lead in PAC Stripes

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Columbia was a team on a mission Saturday. The mission was to retain the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title and after its second win in as many days against top contender Clearview, the Raiders can just about celebrate. Senior Amanda Sedlock had a pair of doubles and drove in a pair Read More…

High school baseball: Avon Lake loses big lead, still gets win in 12 innings to salvage doubleheader split with Elyria

Avon Lake’s Matt Gottshall makes it to third base before the ball gets to Elyria third baseman Zack Minney on Saturday at Avon Lake. The teams split a doubleheader. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — David Winkel, Avon Lake’s center fielder, figured enough was enough Saturday. He stepped in with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the 12th inning against Elyria with his teammates and fans pleading with him to end the marathon second game and salvage a split for Avon Lake right then Read More…

High school baseball: Avon clinches share of West Shore Conference championship with wild 13-12 win over Bay

Avon players celebrate after Ian Long, top, hits a home run Friday at All Pro Freight Stadium. Avon won 13-12. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Consider it money well spent. After eight innings Friday at All Pro Freight Stadium, the Avon and Bay were tied at 10 and the game was ready to be called due to darkness. After a brief discussion, Avon decided to spend the money to have the lights turned on and continue the game. Read More…

High school softball: Kailey Minarchick leads the way as Columbia downs Clearview

Clearview’s Chania Sturgill steals second base as Columbia’s Emily Viccarone tries to come up with the ball Friday. Columbia won to stay in the hunt for the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title, pulling a half-game behind the Clippers. The teams meet again today. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia began Friday trailing Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division leader Clearview by 1½ games and knowing it had to sweep the two-game weekend series with the Clippers to repeat as conference champions. Round one goes to the Raiders. Columbia pitcher Kailey Minarchick had 12 strikeouts and keyed a three-run fifth inning with Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria walks off with a win over Midview thanks to Jacob Csizmadia’s 7th-inning grand slam

Elyria shortstop Jacob Csizmadia tags out Midview’s Dylan Steindl trying to stretch a single into a double Thursday. Csizmadia won the game with a walk-off grand slam. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Jacob Csizmadia turned his worst game into his most memorable one Thursday afternoon. With Elyria trailing Midview by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Csizmadia blasted a walk-off grand slam to beat the Middies 6-4 in non-conference action. The Pioneers (8-13) opened the last inning down 4-0. Read More…

High school softball: Keystone jumps on Columbia early, refuses to let up; Lauren Shaw throws another no-hitter

COLUMBIA TWP. — Freshman Lauren Shaw hurled her third no-hitter in a week and a half and Keystone banged out 16 hits in a five-inning, 12-0 mercy-rule rout of Columbia on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats (23-2), who wrapped up the Patriot Athletic Conference championship a week ago, improved to 15-0 in the conference. They’re in Read More…