April 24, 2014

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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…

Indians Notes: Jason Giambi set to leave disabled list Monday

Jason Giambi

CLEVELAND — The Indians considered activating Jason Giambi from the disabled list Sunday, but have decided on Monday instead. “We’re just trying to keep our bullpen and our team in order,” manager Terry Francona said. “If we shoot for Monday, that’ll make things a little bit easier, as far as moving forward with our team. Read More…

Tigers 7, Indians 5: Danny Salazar implodes, prevents sweep by Tribe

Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar walks back to the dugout after being relieved during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — The Indians squandered an opportunity Thursday to issue an early season statement to the kings of the Central Division. Cleveland, which was dominated by the Detroit Tigers last year, appeared on track to completing a two-game sweep of the three-time defending division champs. Instead, it dropped a deflating 7-5 decision at Comerica Park. 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…

Cavaliers: Dion Waiters supports coach Mike Brown, wants him to return

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach Mike Brown got an endorsement from guard Dion Waiters as Cleveland players concluded exit interviews Thursday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Forward Tristan Thompson, the only other player to talk to the media Thursday, spoke highly of Brown but was pretty much non-committal about the coach’s future. “I’d like to see Coach Read More…

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

twins sign

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…

Indians Notes: Lonnie Chisenhall taking advantage of opportunity

Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall scores on a double by David Murphy against the Minnesota Twins on April 6. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

DETROIT — Lonnie Chisenhall is making the most out of what could have been his final shot with the Indians. Chisenhall, Cleveland’s first-round draft choice in 2008, was not expected to make the Opening Day roster after Carlos Santana moved to third base this spring. But thanks to injuries to Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi, Read More…

Zach McAllister’s strong pitching performance, Yan Gomes’ clutch hit help Indians get jump on Tigers in season series

Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn catches the fly hit by Detroit Tigers'  Nick Castellanos Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — It was one of 162 games and it came during the first month of the regular season, but the win Wednesday night held special significance for the Indians. Cleveland, which struggled mightily last year against three-time defending Central Division champion Detroit, got an early confidence builder, defeating the Tigers 3-2 in their first Read More…