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High school baseball: Amherst gets two shutouts in non-conference sweep of Lorain

Amherst's Rees Rua squares up to make a sacrifice bunt. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — In baseball, setting the table, finding ways to score and keeping your opponent off the board guarantee success. Amherst did just that Saturday in sweeping Lorain in a non-conference doubleheader at The Pipe Yard. The Comets shut out the Titans 7-0 and 6-0 to improve to 9-2. Lorain fell to 5-4. “I just Read More…

High school baseball: Westlake starts fast, slows Midview

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WESTLAKE — The Demons have had a tough time getting going offensively. That wasn’t the case Friday when Westlake scored seven runs in the first three innings and staved off a Midview comeback to win 8-5 in non-conference play. Ryan Nebraska led off with a single and scored on Kent Axcell’s deep shot to the Read More…

High school baseball: Keystone dispatches Firelands quickly

HENRIETTA TWP. — With an overnight trip to Columbus for a doubleheader looming, Keystone knew it had to work fast Friday against Firelands. Senior pitcher Kendle Stiner did his part. Stiner tossed a three-hit shutout, walking one and striking out nine, and helped his cause by going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and four Read More…

High school softball: Midview’s offense suffers rare off day as Central Crossing hands Middies first loss of year

Midview center fielder Morgan Hamker dives for the ball but can’t come up with it Friday against Central Crossing in Akron. Midview suffered its first loss of the year. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AKRON — Midview has been hitting the ball with authority all season. Friday the Middies had a hard time just hitting the ball out of the infield. Central Crossing sophomore Ally Gruen held Midview’s prolific offense to four hits, all singles, as the Comets defeated the Middies 4-1 at the Akron Racers Spring Showcase at Read More…

H.S. Track: Avon sweeps boys, girls titles at LCAAA Invitational

Chad Allen of Avon runs in the boys 110 meter hurdles preliminaries. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Avon High cruised to a sweep Thursday at the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Invitational. The Avon boys defended their title with 130 points, outdistancing second-place Amherst (118). The Avon girls won the meet for the first time since 2009, as they topped two-time defending champ Amherst 123-103. Both Avon wins came through Read More…

College signings: North Ridgeville residents Andrew, David Dowell orally commit to Northwestern

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Ever since Andrew Dowell was born 22 minutes before his twin brother, David, they have been competing against each other. They’ve also done everything together. Their competitive fire has blossomed at St. Edward. The North Ridgeville residents have excelled on the football field, where they led the Eagles to the Division I Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria not at its best, but gets past St. Joseph Academy

Elyria third baseman Sybil Roseboro, left, rushes in and picks up a grounder Thursday. The pitcher is Carly Bachna. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — The Pioneers got all they could handle Thursday from Cleveland St. Joseph Academy. Yes, the Pioneers prevailed 6-2 in the non-conference game, but it wasn’t that easy. The Jaguars entered with a 1-5 record, but didn’t look the part. They outhit the Pioneers 7-6, left 10 runners stranded and committed only one error Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Brookside rallies from 5-run deficit, beats Columbia 7-6

Brookside’s Kyle Houston gets ready to put the tag on Columbia’s Tristen Rindfleisch at third during the fourth inning of Thursday’s Patriot Athletic Conference game at Brookside. The Cardinals rallied from five runs down to get the win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Brookside got a couple of big breaks, but it made the most of its opportunities as well. Dudley Taw tied the game with an RBI triple after a controversial call, then Kenny Pierson drove in the winning run with a sharp single down the line as the Cardinals came from behind to Read More…

H.S. baseball: Keystone comes up clutch at plate, on mound to slip past Firelands, stay undefeated in PAC

Keystone's Tyler Gullett, right, crosses plate after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

PENFIELD — Marcus Gunter felt a lot better and Collin Fitzgerald was just what the doctor ordered for Keystone in a 3-2 win Wednesday over Firelands. Gunter, who missed a couple of days this week with the flu, hit a go-ahead home run in the second inning, a line shot over the left-field fence that Read More…

High school softball: Keystone pounds out 17 hits against Firelands, stays undefeated, gets payback for district loss

Firelands' Brittany Reising can't get a grip on the ball as Keystone's Summer Constable makes it to second safely. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — The last time Keystone and Firelands met at LaGrange Community Park, the Falcons broke three streaks. It was May 22 last year and they defeated the Wildcats 1-0 in a Division II district semifinal for their first win over Keystone in at least nine seasons. Until then, the Wildcats hadn’t lost a game Read More…