April 26, 2015

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High school baseball: Streaks end as Keystone, Firelands split

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PENFIELD TWP. — Firelands came into Tuesday sporting an undefeated record. Keystone came in not having not lost a Patriot Athletic Conference game since 2013. Thanks to Monday’s rain, which caused a suspended game at Firelands High School to resume prior to Tuesday’s regularly scheduled affair at Penfield Community Park, both streaks came to an Read More…

H.S. Softball: Westlake’s Katie Lew strikes out 11 in 11-0 win over Olmsted Falls

Westlake's Katie Lew pitches at home against Olmsted Falls on Monday, April 13. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — Coach Tom Shiban has made his share of good decisions in 14 years leading the Westlake Demons. On Monday, two of those decisions paid major dividends in an 11-0, five-inning Southwestern Conference win over Olmsted Falls. The first decision was easy. Westlake made the call to move the first pitch from 7 p.m. Read More…

H.S. Track: Six to be inducted Friday into Lorain County Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame

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The Lorain County Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame is about to get larger and faster. The hall will induct its next class of six Friday at its seventh enshrinement. The class will be recognized in a 30-minute ceremony at 4:45 p.m. at Midview High School’s Ed Adelsberg Stadium. The ceremony will be held Read More…

High school softball: Fast start, all-around game carry Amherst past Nordonia

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AMHERST — A fast start was exactly what Amherst wanted against Nordonia. An all-around solid game was just what it needed. The Comets got both in defeating Nordonia 6-2 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Comets starter Zoe Beetler, energized by an early 3-0 lead, went all seven innings, while her defense made every play behind Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Amherst gets dominant pitching in doubleheader sweep of Lorain

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AMHERST — Any true baseball fan can recite the last line of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s famous “Casey at the Bat” poem — “mighty Casey has struck out.” For Amherst junior Casey McConihe, “14” needed to be added to the end of the tale of the famous Mudville nine. McConihe struck out 14 in opening Saturday’s Read More…

H.S. Track: Vermilion boys finish strong to claim share of New London Relays crown

NEW LONDON — Victory never tasted sweeter for the Vermilion boys than it did Saturday, as the Sailors rallied from a nine-point deficit with three events left to share the meet championship with North Robinson Colonel Crawford at the 37th annual New London Relays. Vermilion and Colonel Crawford finished with 80 points each. The Sailors Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone’s Lauren Shaw throws no-hitter, but loses to Mentor’s perfect game

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LAGRANGE — Double no-hitters are about as common as professional sports championships in Cleveland. Rare as they are, softball fans were treated to one on a sunny and chilly Saturday afternoon at LaGrange Community Park. It happened in Mentor’s 2-0 victory over host Keystone in a four-way invitational that featured some of northern Ohio’s top Read More…

College signing: Amherst’s Ashley Makruski to play volleyball at Kent State

Kent State volleyball coach Don Gromala must like Lorain County. For the second consecutive year, Gromala snapped up one of the top high school players in the county, getting an oral commitment from Amherst junior Ashley Makruski. Makruski, a middle and outside hitter, can sign her letter of intent in the fall. Last year, Gromala Read More…

High school baseball: EC downs Vermilion in slugfest

Elyria Catholic's Andrew Abrahamowicz hits an RBI double in second inning of a home game against Vermilion on April 8. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It may have been cold, wet and foggy Wednesday, but Elyria Catholic and Vermilion managed to heat up the field with their bats. The teams took turns battering each other’s pitching staffs and trading the lead four times. Vermilion loaded the bases in the seventh but Elyria Catholic reliever Sean Darmafall (1-0) coaxed Read More…

H.S. Baseball Preview: Following famous relative has its benefits and difficulties, as Amherst’s Rees Rua and EC’s Dominic Piazza can attest

Elyria Catholic's Dominic Piazza, left, and his father Dominic Sr. on April 6. The Piazzas have a long history of success in Lorain County high school baseball and softball. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It isn’t always easy to be a legacy. There are footsteps that must be followed. And a precedent has been set, leaving a standard by which one is measured. When that standard is excellence, the challenge is greater. Amherst center fielder Rees Rua and Elyria Catholic pitcher Dominic Piazza carry expectations that accompany their last Read More…