May 22, 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

High school baseball: Avon clinches share of West Shore Conference championship with wild 13-12 win over Bay

Avon players celebrate after Ian Long, top, hits a home run Friday at All Pro Freight Stadium. Avon won 13-12. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Consider it money well spent. After eight innings Friday at All Pro Freight Stadium, the Avon and Bay were tied at 10 and the game was ready to be called due to darkness. After a brief discussion, Avon decided to spend the money to have the lights turned on and continue the game. Read More…

High school softball: Kailey Minarchick leads the way as Columbia downs Clearview

Clearview’s Chania Sturgill steals second base as Columbia’s Emily Viccarone tries to come up with the ball Friday. Columbia won to stay in the hunt for the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division title, pulling a 
half-game behind the Clippers. The teams meet again today. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

COLUMBIA STATION — Columbia began Friday trailing Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division leader Clearview by 1½ games and knowing it had to sweep the two-game weekend series with the Clippers to repeat as conference champions. Round one goes to the Raiders. Columbia pitcher Kailey Minarchick had 12 strikeouts and keyed a three-run fifth inning with Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria walks off with a win over Midview thanks to Jacob Csizmadia’s 7th-inning grand slam

Elyria shortstop Jacob Csizmadia tags out Midview’s Dylan Steindl trying to stretch 
a single into a double Thursday. Csizmadia won the game with a walk-off grand slam.  KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Jacob Csizmadia turned his worst game into his most memorable one Thursday afternoon. With Elyria trailing Midview by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Csizmadia blasted a walk-off grand slam to beat the Middies 6-4 in non-conference action. The Pioneers (8-13) opened the last inning down 4-0. Read More…

High school softball: Keystone jumps on Columbia early, refuses to let up; Lauren Shaw throws another no-hitter

COLUMBIA TWP. — Freshman Lauren Shaw hurled her third no-hitter in a week and a half and Keystone banged out 16 hits in a five-inning, 12-0 mercy-rule rout of Columbia on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats (23-2), who wrapped up the Patriot Athletic Conference championship a week ago, improved to 15-0 in the conference. They’re in Read More…

H.S. Softball: Westlake can’t find big hit in big game

 Erin Brown slides safely into third as Brecksville’s Dani D’Anna jumps for the ball in the fourth inning Thursday. Brecksville edged the Demons 2-1 to take a two-game lead on the Demons in the race for the SWC crown. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS — While Brecksville still has three conference games left, the Bees’ 2-1 win Thursday over Westlake definitely had the feel of a Southwestern Conference championship game. The Demons, who only had one SWC loss coming in — also to Brecksville — gave the Bees all they could handle for seven innings thanks to Read More…

High school softball: Midview downs Avon to claim share of WSC title

Avon third baseman Alexis Dill tags out Midview's Morgan Hamker as she attempted to steal third base. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Midview scored three unearned runs with two outs in the seventh inning to squeeze past Avon on Wednesday afternoon in a memorable West Shore Conference showdown. With a 3-2 victory, the Middies (17-3, 12-0 WSC) clinched at least a share of the conference title, their seventh in coach Mike Ives’ nine seasons. Read More…

High school baseball: Brecksville’s Dellavalle improves to 4-0 vs. Amherst

Amherst’s Jordan Williams runs down a flyball during the Comets’ game against Brecksville on Wednesday. The Bees won 5-0. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — You could say Brecksville pitcher Perry Dellavalle has Amherst’s number. But then you could also say the senior right-hander has everybody’s number. The 5-0 shutout of the Comets on Wednesday ran his record to 10-0 the last two seasons against all opponents — 4-0 this spring. Against Amherst, he is 4-0 the past Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Michael Velez goes all 10 innings as Lorain beats Euclid, moves into first-place tie in Lake Erie League

Lorain's Michael Velez pitched all 10 innings Tuesday as Lorain outlasted Euclid, 2-1, in a key Lake Erie League game. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The Titans were all-in Tuesday at The Pipe Yard. Facing first-place Euclid and in need of a win to stay in the Lake Erie League title race, Lorain was able to escape with a 2-1 win after a bases-loaded walk-off walk by sophomore Branden Gaines in the 10th inning. Lorain (12-7, 9-1) tied Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Columbia nips Lutheran West in 9th inning, sweeps back-to-back series

ROCKY RIVER — Baseball people talk about “small ball” or “little ball,” a style of play that relies on strict execution of fundamentals and scraping and scrapping every at-bat for any tiny edge. Thanks to another brilliant Patriot Athletic Conference pitching battle Tuesday, the Lutheran West Longhorns and Columbia Raiders played “micro ball” in the Read More…

High school softball: Alex Dick blasts two-run home run in eighth inning as Elyria beats Medina, stays in league hunt

Elyria’s Alex Dick slides in to home safely past Medina catcher Morgan Rittenhouse in the second inning Monday 
at Medina. Dick hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to lift the Pioneers to a key NOC Valley Division victory. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

MEDINA — Elyria coach Ken Fenik said junior designated player Alex Dick is usually good for at least one hit a game. Thankfully for the Pioneers, she had two hits in her Monday. Dick, who went 2-for-4, hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to propel Elyria to a 7-5 win over Medina Read More…