April 25, 2014


High school tennis: Avon Lake understudies come out on top as Shoremen win LCAAA without many of top players

Avon Lake’s Austin Goetz jumps for a shot during the Shoremen’s win at second doubles against Avon on Saturday at Avon Lake. Teammate James Moore is in the background. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — Talk about passing the test. Despite missing two of its top players because they had to take the ACT and two others because they were competing in a track meet, the Avon Lake Shoremen still found a way to win the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association boys tennis tournament Saturday at Avon Read More…

High school softball: Tough weekend at Wendy’s Classic could be good learning experience for Elyria, Columbia

Elyria's Alex Dick is tagged out at second while teammate Madison Fullmer makes a break for home at Brookside West Park in Ashland. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ASHLAND — Elyria’s softball team is undefeated no longer. The Pioneers lost twice Saturday in the 21st Wendy’s Spring Classic that was rearranged by wet grounds from Brookside Park and Brookside West to other diamonds in Ashland County. Columbia, playing in Loudonville 20 miles south, split its two Saturday games in the 24-team invitational that Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Brad Hamilton helps Avon Lake stop St. Ignatius at Progressive Field

Avon Lake's Brad Hamilton hits a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning Friday night at Progressive Field during the Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball Classic. JUDD SMERGLIA/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Brad Hamilton has grown up around the Cleveland Indians and Progressive Field. His dad, Tom, is the longtime play-by-play voice of the team. But anytime the Avon Lake senior catcher and Kent State baseball commit gets to play a meaningful game at the home of the Tribe, he relishes the chance. Hamilton went Read More…

H.S. Softball: Elyria mauls Maumee in battle of unbeatens at Wendy’s Spring Classic

ASHLAND — Two softball unbeatens, Elyria and Maumee, tangled Friday afternoon in an opener of the 21st Annual Wendy’s Spring Classic. Well, sort of tangled. It was more like the Pioneers broadsided the Panthers in a 9-0 mercy-rule rout at Cahn Grove Park. The game ended in the Elyria fifth when senior Kandis Laseke drove Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone in top form, beats Massillon Jackson to stay undefeated

Keystone's Jenny Schaffer lays down a sacrifice bunt in the second inning of the Wildcats' 4-0 win against Massillon Jackson on Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone displayed all the traits of a championship-caliber softball team Friday in its 4-0 non-conference win over Massillon Jackson. The Wildcats showed off some timely hitting, scoring three runs on two-out hits. Freshman Lauren Shaw gave Keystone outstanding pitching, scattering six singles while improving her record to 4-0. Shortstop Summer Constable and second Read More…

H.S. Tennis: Westlake defeats Shoremen, wind to continue dominance in SWC

Westlake freshman Aris Jhaveri reaches for the ball Thursday during a 6-1, 6-4 win at second singles over 

AVON LAKE — Westlake has ruled the Southwestern Conference, winning 15 straight league titles. The Demons kept that SWC dominance going Thursday afternoon, defeating Avon Lake 3-2 on a windy day on the Avon Lake tennis courts. Westlake’s Cal Craven, who was a state qualifier in doubles last season, defeated James Darkow, 6-1, 6-4, but Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Keystone continues to cruise, crushes Lutheran West 24-0

ROCKY RIVER — The Keystone Wildcats can be forgiven if they mistook the Lutheran West Longhorns’ baseball field for the Longhorn Steak House given the manner in which they feasted on the home team’s pitching in a 24-0 five-inning, mercy-rule thumping Thursday in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game. The blowout win isn’t exactly unusual Read More…

H.S. Softball: Clearview brings its bats, crushes Brookside

Clearview's Sarah Kaya slides safely into third for an RBI triple as Brookside third baseman Kirsten Lara catches the throw. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — With All-Ohio pitcher Sarah Kaya back, Clearview entered this season expecting lots of strikeouts and low-scoring games as it makes a run at a Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title and postseason success. Thursday afternoon the Clippers got just what they expected from Kaya, a contender for the Lorain County Miss Softball Read More…

H.S. Softball: Midview breaks out the bats, pounds Elyria Catholic

Elyria Catholic's Emily Hastings fields a ground ball hit to left field during a game against Midview on April 9. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Midview’s offense is already in midseason form. Catcher Cassie Haight led the way with four hits as the Middies scored in every inning of a 12-2, six-inning win over Elyria Catholic on Wednesday in the West Shore Conference opener for both teams. Midview (3-0, 1-0) pounded out 15 hits and could have Read More…

High school baseball: Midview rides fast start, Cody Callaway’s hot bat to 8-3 win over Elyria Catholic

Midview's Cody Callaway gets ready to tag out Elyria Catholic's Lukas Redmond as Redmond tries to steal second during Wednesday's West Shore Conference game. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Midview took the first step toward its goal of a third straight West Shore Conference title Wednesday with a convincing 8-3 victory at Elyria Catholic. The Panthers (4-2, 0-1 WSC) outhit the Middies 9-7 but didn’t get the clutch hits the winners did. Cody Callaway led Midview (1-0, 1-0) with a homer, double Read More…