March 5, 2015

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Diamond Report

Diamond Report

College signing: Amherst’s Ashlee Dahman to play softball at UConnKeystone’s Carleigh Herrington named Lorain County Miss SoftballAll-Lorain County softball: Beursken, Kaya and Minarchick named area’s top playersClearview’s Sarah Kaya named softball Player of the Year
MondayApril 14Firelands at Keystone
ThursdayApril 17Avon at Vermilion
ThursdayApril 24Elyria Catholic at Midview
FridayApril 25Elyria at Amherst
SaturdayApril 26Prebis Tournament
Keystone vs Bishop Hartley
Elyria vs North Canton Hoover
MondayApril 28Avon at Elyria Catholic
Tuesday April 29Columbia at Clearview
ThursdayMay 01Clearview at Keystone
ThursdayMay 08Keystone at Columbia
ThursdayMay 08Norwalk at Lorain
SaturdayMay 10Elyria at Avon Lake

Games will be streamed on

One more double: Elyria High’s Caitlyn Minney first to win Miss Softball and Lorain County coaches’ top player award


WELLINGTON — She spent two seasons with Elyria, pitched the Pioneers to two conference and two district championships, led them through two regionals into a pair of Division I Final Four appearances and, this year, to the state championship game. On Tuesday night at Wellington Community Park she received two prestigious awards at the annual Read More…

Division I state softball final: Elyria shut out by North Canton Hoover


AKRON — If there was a shadow of doubt Saturday morning about who has the best softball team in Ohio, there was certainly none by early afternoon. Top-ranked and undefeated North Canton Hoover, on its way to a three-peat as Division I state champion, resolved the issue with a remarkably easy 7-0 victory over No. Read More…

Division III state softball final: Columbia rally comes too late in 3-2 loss to Bloom-Carroll


AKRON — Columbia didn’t change anything Saturday during its first appearance on softball’s biggest stage. The Raiders played the same way they played all season — battling until the final out. But Columbia ran out of innings before it could figure out Bloom-Carroll pitcher Tarin Alvelo and a frantic seventh-inning rally wasn’t enough in a Read More…

H.S. Softball State Semifinal: Columbia reaches 1st final in school history, plays for title today


AKRON — If they’re still partying in Columbia Township this morning, there’s a good reason. Two clutch hits gave Columbia High the power it needed Friday to advance to a state championship game for the first time in any sport. The fourth-ranked Raiders (29-4) were representing the school in a state semifinal for the first Read More…

High school softball: Elyria endures long day, finally downs Mason to make state final


AKRON — Behind freshman Carly Bachna’s extra-base hitting and senior Caitlyn Minney’s three-hit shutout pitching, Elyria rolled into a Division I state championship Thursday night. The third-ranked Pioneers defeated Mason of the Cincinnati area, 5-0, to earn yet another title game shot at nemesis No. 1, undefeated North Canton Hoover at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Read More…

Success is contagious at Columbia High School: Softball leading the way for a whole slate of winning teams

COLUMBIA STATION — The smallest public high school in Lorain County packed quite an athletic punch this school year. While the Columbia High School softball team will play Columbus Bishop Ready today in a Division III state semifinal, that success is just the latest, and the biggest, in an impressive list of athletic accolades earned Read More…

High school baseball: Midview’s Eric Lauer, Firelands’ Joe San Felippo, Elyria Catholic’s Joey Begany and Keystone’s Tyler Gulett make first team All-Ohio

San Felippo

Four area high school baseball players received All-Ohio first-team honors this week from the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. Midview’s Eric Lauer made it in Division I, Joe San Felippo of Firelands in Division II, and Keystone’s Tyler Gullett and Elyria Catholic’s Joey Begany in Division III. The All-Ohio award caps a terrific career Read More…

Minney gets job done as Elyria downs Mason in state softball semifinal

AKRON — Elyria softball coach Ken Fenik said senior pitcher Caitlyn Minney can work the ball high and low, inside and out. Mason described Minney’s pitching as wild. The bottom line? Minney struck out nine Comets hitters during a three-hit shutout as the Pioneers rolled to a 5-0 victory in a rain-delayed Division I state Read More…

State softball: Emma Sullivan, Raiders finally make big dance

Columbia senior Emma Sullivan will lead the Raiders into the Division III state semifinals Friday against Columbus Bishop Ready. Sullivan and her teammates look to capitalize on a long-awaited trip to the state tournament. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

It’s only fitting that Columbia senior Emma Sullivan will end her high school career playing in the state tournament because for most of the past three seasons she has already been performing at a championship level. Sullivan and the rest of the Raiders will take on Columbus Bishop Ready in the Division III state semifinals Read More…

State softball: Pioneers, Comets are familiar foes

Elyria High’s Mackenzie Phares takes a throw during practice Tuesday. Teammates Madison Fullmer, left, and Kaitlin Laeseke look on. The Pioneers take on Mason in the Division I state semifinals today. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

If it seems like deja vu in Akron about lunchtime today, it’s because you might very well have experienced it before. At 12:30 p.m., third-ranked Elyria (26-5) takes on Mason (23-7) in the second of two Division I state semifinals at Firestone Stadium. It won’t be the first time the schools have clashed in the Read More…