July 24, 2014

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OGSO state tournament: Grafton, Wellington stay perfect

Marella McMahon, left, and Meghan Newton celebrate Grafton Nancy’s Main Street Diner’s victory over the Bristol Panthers during a state semifinal game Sunday at Wellington Community Park.  ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — Grafton Nancy’s Main Street Diner and Wellington Lightning kept their perfect seasons alive and moved to within a victory of a state title Sunday at the Ohio Girls Softball Organization state tournament. In Class B, Grafton scored in five of the first six innings in a 7-2 win over the Bristol Panthers. Nancy’s Read More…

Hot stove: Columbia among area teams to qualify for state tournament

Amherst-Firelands’ Evan Lacey leaps to try and catch a throw Sunday as Columbia’s Alec Paine slides into second base. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Getting back to Alliance to compete for another state title was certainly on the minds of the South Amherst-Firelands Crushers as they faced the challenge of Columbia Morgan Truck on Sunday night at Palmer Field No.3. But Columbia (25-13) had other ideas as it dropped a five-spot on the Crushers in the Read More…

Tigers 5, Indians 1: Tribe drops finale but takes series

Cleveland Indians' Ryan Raburn dives but misses a hit by Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez during the sixth inning Sunday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians refused to allow one setback to sour their trip to Detroit. Drew Smyly gave up four hits in seven innings and Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer, helping the Tigers beat Cleveland 5-1 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. “It was a great series for us,” Josh Tomlin said after Read More…

Crushers 4, Freedom 3: Rookie delivers game-winning hit

AVON — It appeared the Crushers had left their offense behind as Sunday’s game progressed. Less than 24 hours after erupting for 16 runs, Lake Erie , squandered numerous scoring chances as the Florence Freedom clung to a one-run lead. But that all changed in the ninth inning, when the Crushers have been dangerous — Read More…

OGSO: North Ridgeville’s Barnhart tosses no-no in Class A state semifinal

Columbia short stop Mikayla Dupuski tags Mogadore's Cassie Westfall out at second. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — What’s better than winning an Ohio Girls Softball Organization state quarterfinal game? How about throwing a no-hitter in the biggest game of the year. That’s exactly what North Ridgeville Ganley Lincoln pitcher Katie Barnhart did Saturday in the Crushers’ 4-0 win over Suffield Congress Lake in a Class A game at Wellington Community Read More…

Santana’s hit in 9th gives Indians doubleheader sweep over Tigers

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley greets teammates after scoring on a three-run double by teammate Carlos Santana. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians are rolling out of the All-Star break, cutting into Detroit’s previously comfortable lead in the AL Central. Carlos Santana hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night that sealed a sweep Read More…

Lorain County Nightmares get defensive

Nightmares quarterback Cody Schuster, an Elyria Catholic product, scrambles Saturday during a victory over the Cleveland Saints. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — They’re nicknamed the Nightmares for good reason. Saturday night, Elyria’s contribution to Lorain County’s defensive line — EHS grads Mitch Tulk, Sonny Hazelwood and Brandon Bailey — all wreaked havoc on Cleveland Saints quarterback David Thompson as the Nightmares escaped with a 34-26 victory over the Saints at Ross Field. It was Read More…

Hot Stove baseball: Columbia will face South Amherst in Class F state tourney

North Ridgeville's Owen Matta beats the throw to Grafton's Alex Webb at second base. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The rematch is set in Class F of the Hot Stove state tournament. Two weeks ago, Columbia Morgan Trucking handed South Amherst its only loss of the year in the Lorain County championship. The teams will meet again today at 5:30 at Palmer Field after South Amherst held on for a 4-2 Read More…

Cavs’ Irving excited about LeBron’s return, new deal

Kyrie Irving

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving doesn’t travel with a posse. Nor does he have marketing advisors eager to see him play in a larger market. Yet, that didn’t stop local sports talkers and out-of-town reporters from accusing him of both last season. Irving admitted Saturday that the rumors did bother him because they Read More…

Jason Kipnis hits two HRs as Indians rally past Tigers


DETROIT — Jason Kipnis sprinted around the bases after hitting each of his two homers, forgetting how it felt to trot after hitting the ball well enough to clear the fences. Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer and added a solo shot in the ninth to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 Read More…