April 19, 2014

Diamond Report
Monday April 14 Firelands at Keystone
Thursday April 17 Avon at Vermilion
Thursday April 24 Elyria Catholic at Midview
Friday April 25 Elyria at Amherst
Saturday April 26 Prebis Tournament
Keystone vs Bishop Hartley
Elyria vs North Canton Hoover
Monday April 28 Avon at Elyria Catholic
Tuesday April 29 Columbia at Clearview
Thursday May 01 Clearview at Keystone
Thursday May 08 Keystone at Columbia
Thursday May 08 Norwalk at Lorain
Saturday May 10 Elyria at Avon Lake

Games will be streamed on WEOL.com

H.S. Softball: Big sixth inning lifts Avon past Midview

AVON — For five innings Thursday, Avon’s Rachel Poling and Midview’s Lexie Hamker were locked in a classic pitchers duel. Then the Eagles’ offense took flight. Avon scored all its run in the sixth inning in rolling to a 5-1 West Shore Conference win. Midview’s loss, coupled with North Ridgeville’s 11-4 win over Vermilion, ended Read More…

High school baseball: Raiders rally in 6th inning, prevail in 9th


COLUMBIA STATION — The Patriot Athletic Conference game between Columbia and Clearview on Wednesday had all the ebbs and flows of a great prize fight. After the Raiders tied it with a two-out, two-run single by junior Michael Boey in the bottom of the sixth, every at-bat for the remaining three innings was pressure-packed. That’s Read More…

Softball: Columbia’s perfectly placed popups down Clearview


COLUMBIA STATION — Location, location, location. Columbia demonstrated Wednesday that line drives aren’t always necessary to win a game. The Raiders, ranked eighth in Division III, scored four of their five runs on perfectly placed popups to beat Clearview 5-1 at Cole Ross Field in a showdown of the premier Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division Read More…

Softball: North Ridgeville comes through in 10th inning to beat Avon again


NORTH RIDGEVILLE — In an extra-inning classic, North Ridgeville nipped Avon 3-2 on Tuesday to maintain sole possession of first place in the West Shore Conference. It was a memorable pitchers duel that saw both teams come from behind before Ridgeville pushed the winning run across in the 10th inning. It was the second time Read More…

Softball: Keystone gets win by scoring 4 runs over final 2 innings


LAGRANGE — Just call them the Cardiac ’Cats. Keystone did Tuesday what it has done all season — win in come-from-behind fashion. The Wildcats (20-3) overcame a three-run deficit with a pair of unearned runs in both the fifth and six innings to pull out a 5-4 win over Brooklyn and Ball State recruit Jocelyn Read More…

Baseball: EC cruises as Joey Begany turns in his ‘best game’


ELYRIA — With a lot of games scheduled this week, Elyria Catholic coach Bruce Lisicky was looking for a big game out of his No. 2 pitcher, Joey Begany, in Tuesday’s West Shore Conference game against Vermilion. What Lisicky got was a 7-0 win and a performance worthy of a No. 1 starter. Begany, a Read More…

Brett Helton’s pitching, clutch hit key Firelands’ big PAC win over Buckeye


HENRIETTA TWP. — The senior everybody in the Firelands baseball program calls “Bird” hit a blooper that had wings. As a result, the Falcons’ dream of flying a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship banner is still alive. Brett Helton hit a two-run double against Kent State recruit Eli Kraus in the sixth inning and Read More…

High school softball: Elyria pounds Brunswick for fourth straight win by mercy rule


ELYRIA — Elyria’s 10th-ranked softball team won its fourth straight game by mercy rule Monday. Coming off a big weekend, Elyria turned in a 10-0 Northeast Ohio Conference rematch win over Brunswick at the old Elyria West complex. The Pioneers (18-5, 6-1 NOC) defeated the Blue Devils 9-1 earlier in the season. The lopsided streak Read More…

High school baseball: Titans’ hopes gone in one ugly inning


EUCLID — After handing Euclid its only loss of the Lake Erie League season, Lorain knew Monday’s game was win or bust. For the Titans to earn at least a share of the LEL crown, they needed to sweep the Panthers. For five innings, the two teams battled through a nip-and-tuck game thanks to sterling Read More…

High school baseball notes: Lake Ridge freshman Niko Ortiz throws perfect game in 1st start


Lake Ridge’s Niko Ortiz set the bar high with his first high school start on the mound. The freshman pitched a perfect game against Lawrence, going five innings in a 20-0 mercy-rule victory. Ortiz threw only 62 pitches (an average of 12 an inning), which is all the more impressive when you learn that Ortiz Read More…