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Diamond Report

Diamond Report

Keystone’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 YearHigh school softball: Home runs, fun make all-star game special
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

District Softball: Pioneers find special meaning in 10th straight district title

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Elyria has made winning district championships an annual tradition, as much a part of May as Memorial Day and the Indianapolis 500. But the 5-0 win over Midview on Thursday in the Division I North Ridgeville district final — Elyria’s 10th straight title — still felt special. It could have been because Read More…

District Softball: Keystone comes alive, rallies past Cloverleaf with big blasts

Keystone's Mekenah Peters rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning on Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone, the state’s second-ranked Division II squad, found itself in a jam against sub-.500 Cloverleaf on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats trailed the Colts 3-1 in the fifth inning of their district semifinal at Community Park, and Cloverleaf pitcher Sierra Pickett was working on a two-hitter. In the end, it took two freshmen, a Read More…

District softball: Clearview has chances, can’t convert

Clearview’s Taleiyia Jackson tags out Buckeye’s Abby Cooper at second base Thursday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Brad Bournival The Chronicle-Telegram LaGRANGE TWP. — Clearview looked for that timely base hit Thursday. It never came. The Clippers wanted that clutch third out to end a scoring threat. Twice they came up empty. As a result, second-seeded Clearview lost 4-2 to sixth-seeded Buckeye in a Division II district semifinal. The Clippers were trying Read More…

Division II baseball: Keystone wins 4th straight district championship

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PARMA HTS. — Keystone knew the road to a fourth straight district championship was going to be a lot tougher this season. But the Wildcats, who moved up to Division II this year, were able to get it done, scratching out a 3-1 district final win over Benedictine on Wednesday at Cuyahoga Community College’s Mottl Read More…

District softball: Amanda Beursken’s record-setting home run provides spark as Midview upsets Westlake

Midview’s Amanda Beursken watches the ball after connecting on a three-run home run in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s district semifinal win over Westlake. It was Beursken’s Lorain County-record 26th career home run. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Midview senior Amanda Beursken provided her team with a huge lift Wednesday against top-seeded Westlake — and made Lorain County softball history in the process. Beursken crushed a high, outside pitch over the center-field fence at North Ridgeville High School for a three-run homer in the fourth inning that propelled the third-seeded Middies to a Read More…

District softball: Elyria proves coach wrong, makes it back to district final with win over second-seeded Amherst

Elyria's Veronica Zack slides safely into second as Amherst's Sarah Miller catches the throw. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Somewhere around the midpoint of the softball schedule, the Elyria Pioneers were struggling with an up-and-down season. Coach Ken Fenik told his players if they continued to play as they had been, they would finish with a less than Elyria-like record. So he predicted what that record would be, wrote the prediction Read More…

District baseball: Three error-aided runs enough to end EC’s season

Elyria Catholic's Joey Begany, center, and Noah Bland try to tag out Independence's Brett Teare. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — The three runs may have been unearned, but unfortunately for Elyria Catholic pitcher Joey Begany, those runs still counted on the scoreboard. Independence scored a pair of unearned runs in the first, then, after Brycen Wise reached on a two-out error, pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the seventh in Read More…

District baseball: Kendle Stiner shuts down Buckeye as Keystone closes in on another trip to regionals

Keystone’s Kendle Stiner delivers Tuesday in a 2-1 win over Buckeye. He pitched a complete game, striking out seven. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

PARMA HTS. — Keystone is just one win away from its fourth district championship in a row. The Wildcats scratched out a 2-1 win over Buckeye on Tuesday in a Division II district semifinal played at Cuyahoga Community College’s Mottl Field. Keystone (22-5) advanced to play Benedictine today at Tri-C at 5 p.m. in the Read More…

District baseball: Amherst resident Jon Laird leads St. Edward past Comets in district final

Amherst’s Kody Bledsoe slides back safely into first base on Tuesday vs. St. Edward. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The final score was much different, but there was an identical subplot. The afternoon after Avon Lake resident Michael Cuva pitched St. Edward past Avon Lake in the Division I district semifinal, Amherst resident Jon Laird shut down Amherst, earning the Eagles a district title and trip to the Bowling Green regional tournament Read More…

Sectional softball: Elyria toughs out win over Avon

Elyria’s Elizabeth Ellis, left, high-fives Anna Daly after Daly scored the first run against Avon in the third inning of Monday’s sectional final. The Pioneers won 3-1 and move on to face Amherst on Wednesday in a district semifinal. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A season’s worth of preparation and practice came down to less than 90 minutes of softball Monday for Avon and Elyria in a Division I sectional final. Fortunately for Coach Ken Fenik, his Pioneers have learned their lessons well as Mackenzie Phares’ two-out, opposite-field RBI double in the third inning set the tone Read More…