April 27, 2015

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High school baseball: Senior Jack Bondy gets chance to start and sparks Avon past Amherst with three runs batted in

Amherst High School pitcher Evan Shawver (6) pitches against Avon High School on Tuesday evening, April 21. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — In a game that was moved from All Pro Freight Stadium to Oberlin College to Avon Middle School, it was no surprise a player not in the original starting lineup was the hero. Jack Bondy drove in three runs, including a pair that tied the game in the fourth inning, as Avon rallied Read More…

High school baseball: Lorain hands Bedford first loss of season, stays undefeated in Lake Erie League

Lorain’s Julien Walker slides in to third safely Monday during a 7-4 win over undefeated Bedford. The win left the Titans unbeaten in the Lake Erie League. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Something had to give, that much was obvious. Turned out it was Bedford’s defense. Lorain and Bedford entered Monday’s Lake Erie League game with identical 4-0 records, but five Bedford errors — and eight Titans hits — did the job for the Titans, who picked up a 7-4 win at The Pipe Yard. Read More…

High school baseball: Firelands relievers slam door on Buckeye in key Patriot Athletic Conference game

YORK TWP. — Trevor Damron and Kyle Wilson put Firelands closer to its goal of winning the Patriot Athletic Conferences Stars Division championship. The sophomore relievers made clutch pitches when the game got tense Monday, allowing the Falcons to fight off a potential collapse and defeat Buckeye 7-4 on a blustery afternoon. Damron allowed one Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria suffers 1st loss of year to Walsh Jesuit in Wendy’s bracket final

ASHLAND — The Pioneers are no longer perfect. Elyria lost its first game of the season Saturday afternoon, despite strong pitching by junior right-hander Elizabeth Ellis. The 3-0 defeat came at the hands of Walsh Jesuit in the Black pool bracket final of the 22nd annual Wendy’s Spring Classic at Brookside Park. Earlier in the Read More…

H.S. Tennis: Avon Lake cruises to 2nd straight LCAAA title

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AVON LAKE — If it weren’t for the dominance of Avon junior Nico Mostardi, Avon Lake’s road to a second straight Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association boys tennis tournament championship would have been clear sailing. As it was, the Shoremen won four of the five championships en route to a 39-point performance and the team Read More…

High school track and field: Avon earns repeat sweep, wins boys and girls titles at LCAAA invite for 2nd straight year

EATON TWP. — Avon did it again. For the second straight year and for the sixth time in the history of the event, Avon swept the boys and girls titles Friday at the 70th Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Invitational. The Avon boys won for the third year in a row with 138.75 points as Read More…

High school baseball: Late rally lifts Amherst over Elyria

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ELYRIA — Ed Piazza hopes his Elyria Pioneers learned something Friday in its 9-8 non-conference loss to Amherst. Despite leading hitter Marques Inman on the bench for violating team rules, the Pioneers raced out to an 8-2 lead after three innings. It wasn’t enough. Behind the strong relief pitching of junior Hunter Kuzak and the Read More…

Boys tennis: Avon Lake set to defend LCAAA tourney title

Avon Lake surprised itself last year. With the ACT on the same day as the annual Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Tournament, Avon Lake’s lineup took a big hit. Relying on a few call-ups from the junior varsity, the Shoremen stunned the field, sweeping the doubles championships and snagging two other runner-up trophies at second Read More…

High school softball: Feel-bad story ends well for Midview as Lauren Landers fights through bad cold, beats Vermilion

Midview's Lauren Landers turned in a strong performance Thursday against Vermilion despite battling a cold. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Cough, cough, cough. Strike, strike, strike. That was Midview sophomore pitcher Lauren Landers all Thursday afternoon in a 4-2 West Shore Conference softball victory over Vermilion. “She was a very sick young woman,” Midview coach Mike Ives said. “I asked her this afternoon if she was up to pitching. She took a Read More…

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…