April 16, 2014

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Softball: Elyria’s Caitlyn Minney has mighty day

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ELYRIA — A softball team can make plenty of postseason noise by riding the arm of a strong pitcher. Elyria showed that to be true Wednesday with a 4-0 victory over Olmsted Falls in a Division I sectional final. Caitlyn Minney tossed a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and no walks as the Pioneers had Read More…

Softball: Shoregals hang on vs. Middies

AVON LAKE — Avon Lake coach Buzz Mullen told his players that tournament softball is as easy as three simple words — win … move … on. Shoregals fans might have four words to describe Wednesday’s 5-4 Division I sectional final win over Midview — too close for comfort. The Shoregals (24-1) rallied from a Read More…

High school softball: Columbia downs Keystone to wrap up unbeaten PAC season

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LAGRANGE — With a big fifth inning, Columbia turned a close game into a big win over Keystone on Tuesday for the first time in seven years. The Raiders’ bat-around fifth produced four runs and a 6-2 victory in what was expected to be the Patriot Athletic Conference game of the season. Both teams are Read More…

Sectional baseball: Black River ousts Columbia for the second straight season

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COLUMBIA TWP. — If his team wins a third straight Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title next year, Columbia baseball coach Justin Ramsey would be wise to avoid playing Black River in the first round of the tournament for the third straight time. Hitless through five innings and still down a run after six, the Read More…

High school baseball: Wellington tops Oberlin in eighth on infield single

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WELLINGTON — Sometimes a big hit doesn’t have to be well-struck. Daryn Broadwater’s one-out infield single went about 20 feet, but it was enough to drive home JuJuan Howard and give Wellington a 5-4 win in eight innings over Oberlin in a sectional opener of the Division III Parma District. Brock Waltz had a pair Read More…

High school softball: One goal reached as Avon Lake earns share of SWC crown

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NORTH OLMSTED — Avon Lake rolled to a 13-0 mercy-rule victory over North Olmsted on Monday to earn a share of the Southwestern Conference softball title. It was another high in a season of highs for the Shoregals, who improved to 23-1 and remained third in the state in Division I in the latest Ohio Read More…

High school baseball: North Ridgeville gets to celebrate with win on Elyria’s Senior Night

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ELYRIA — It didn’t take long for North Ridgeville to turn Elyria’s Senior Night into a nightmare. The first four Rangers reached base and scored while the Pioneers failed to take advantage of five walks in the first three innings as North Ridgevile rolled to a 15-5 non-conference win in six innings. Nathan Colbert went Read More…

High school softball: Clearview finds some positives in losses to tough teams

LORAIN — With the postseason right around the corner, Denny Myers wanted to challenge his Clearview Clippers, so he brought in two highly competitive teams for a tri-tournament Saturday. And even though his team lost both games, the Clippers coach was far from unhappy with the experience. “We battled them,” Myers said after the Clippers Read More…

High school softball notes: Avon Lake reaching some lofty heights … goals, too

With nine seniors on the roster, there’s no question Avon Lake was expecting big things this season. But even Shoregals coach Buzz Mullen admits that a No. 3 ranking in the Division I Ohio High School Fastpitch Association Coaches poll is “like a dream come true.” With the start of sectional tournament just a few Read More…

High school baseball: Avon scores 15 runs in first two innings, thumps Avon Lake in rain

AVON — Friday’s Avon-Avon Lake baseball game was one only a Mother Nature could love. After waiting out a one-hour rain delay and playing through a consistent drizzle, the Eagles scorched the Shoremen for 15 runs in the first two innings en route to a 17-7 non-conference win at All Pro Freight Stadium. Things looked Read More…