April 28, 2015

Diamond Report
  • Thursday April 16 Amherst at Avon Lake
  • Wednesday April 22 Midview at Avon
  • Thursday April 23 EC at Vermilion
  • Saturday April 25 Keystone vs. Poland Seminary (10a softball LIVE at Prebis)
  • Saturday April 25 Midview vs. Westlake (12p softball LIVE at Prebis)
  • Saturday May 2 Elyria vs. Columbia (12p softball LIVE at Elyria Classic)
  • Monday May 4 Buckeye at Keystone
  • Thursday May 7 Clearview at Firelands

Games will be streamed on WEOL.com

High school baseball: Keystone blanks Buckeye, wraps up PAC Stars title

YORK TWP. — Right-hander Kendle Steiner and left fielder Denny Szalai took a walk down memory lane. The Keystone baseball players remembered the feeling of losing to Buckeye at James H. Tighe Field last May. It wasn’t a warm and fuzzy memory, especially considering the Bucks went on to take the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Read More…

H.S. Softball: Inspired Black River stops hot Firelands

Firelands' Lexi Shick isn't able to beat the throw to Black River first baseman Madison Combs. AARON JOSEFCZYK / CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — The Black River softball team wasn’t about to lose for the fifth time in its last six games.
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High school softball: Westlake’s power, pitching top Amherst

Westlake players congratulate Rachel May (30) as she crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning Friday against Amherst. The Demons won, 4-3. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — The last time Amherst faced Westlake pitcher Katie Lew it failed to get a hit and struck out 12 times. It took the Comets only one pitch to get a hit off Lew on Friday, but the result was the same. Rachel May smoked a three-run home run to left-center and Lew did Read More…

High school baseball: Middies grab early lead, but St. Edward roars back

Midview's Kyle Warner pitches during a game against St. Edward o

AVON — Midview jumped out early in its non-conference game with St. Edward at All Pro Freight Stadium on Tuesday, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Eagles put up eight runs in the third and five in the fifth to post a 13-3 mercy-rule win. The Middies led 3-0 going to the bottom of Read More…

Midview senior Amanda Beursken is talented hitter with knack for bashing home runs

Midview senior Amanda Beursken set a Lorain County record with 13 home runs last season. This year she already has eight in just 15 games, while also batting .500 with 27 RBIs and a 1.250 slugging percentage. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Midview shortstop Amanda Beursken has a daily reminder of her home run-hitting prowess. Her mom, Kelly, keeps a basket filled with Beursken’s home run balls next to the fireplace in the family’s living room. “She always says that when they go over the fence they’re hers,” Beursken said. “And except for a few from summer Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone crushes 2 foes, goes 3-0 in Prebis Memorial Classic

Keystone senior DH Nicole Neri connects on the first home run of her high school career Saturday in a 13-1 win over Bishop Hartley. The ’Cats also beat Mentor 11-1. CHRISTY LEGEZA / CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone outscored two opponents 24-2 Saturday to steal the spotlight in the Prebis Memorial Classic it hosts annually. The second-ranked Wildcats (16-2) drilled Columbus Bishop Hartley 13-1 in their morning opener with an 11-hit attack and a seven-strikeout five-hitter by freshman pitcher Lauren Shaw. The young Wildcats came back with an 11-1 rout Read More…

High school softball: Elyria bounces back after tough loss, rips Columbus DeSales in its Prebis Memorial Classic finale

Elyria’s McKenzie Phares puts a bunt 
down the third-base line for an RBI in the fifth inning Saturday against DeSales. Elyria lost a close opener Saturday before rolling to a 12-2 win vs. DeSales. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Anna Daly and Kelsey Plato made sure the Prebis Memorial Classic ended on a high note for Elyria. Daly and Plato each went 3-for-3 with three runs scored as the Pioneers defeated Columbus St. Francis DeSales 12-2 in six innings Saturday at LaGrange Community Park. Plato and Carley Bachna led off the second Read More…

High school softball: Amherst not shocked by Edison upset

Amherst's Sarah Miller singles against Edison on Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The Prebis Memorial Tournament is a chance for area teams to face off against top competition from across the state. On Friday, Amherst made the most of its chance. Sophomore Ashlee Dahman’s three-run home run was the deciding blow as the Comets defeated Edison 4-3 at Wellington Community Park. The Chargers (10-3) came Read More…

High school softball: Keystone, Elyria romp in Prebis openers

Keystone's Summer Constable connects for a single Friday in a 9-0 win over Mercy High School of New York. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone and Elyria rolled to one-sided victories Friday as the ninth Prebis Memorial Classic opened at LaGrange Community Park. Midview, which trailed 6-0 early and 10-2 in the sixth inning, made a strong comeback against Nordonia before losing, 10-8. All three are in action again at 10 a.m. today as the 40-team round-robin Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria players lean on the power of pizza, camaraderie to down Amherst, snap six-game skid

Amherst's Kody Bledsoe loses sight of the ball after it took a bounce while he was trying to make a play at second base. Rounding the corner and heading for third is Elyria's Jacob Czimadia. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — A little pizza, the airing of grievances and a mutual understanding may be just what Elyria’s baseball team needed to turn the corner on its season. The Pioneers actually pulled for each other Friday and played the game with a certain joy that had been missing all season, jumping out to a big Read More…