April 24, 2014

Partly sunny
Diamond Report

Diamond Report

High school baseball: Lutheran West downs Clearview in pitchers duelHigh school softball: Brunswick routs ElyriaHigh school softball: Elyria Catholic fights off Lorain, wind for victoryHigh school baseball: Black River avenges loss to Wellington
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. Baseball: Amherst attacks fastballs, rolls past North Ridgeville

Amherst second baseman Zack Bires misses the tag on North Ridgeville’s Nathan Colbert on Wednesday during the Comets’ 12-4 win. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — The Comets had some inside information and a definitive approach. Facing North Ridgeville ace left-hander Mike Martin, the Comets jumped on the first fastball they saw all game. Amherst had 11 hits and nine runs (four earned) against the hard-throwing senior in moving to 3-0 overall with a 12-4 victory Wednesday. The Comets Read More…

H.S. Softball: Young Pioneers look like veterans at the plate in 2-0 start

Elyria shortstop Kandis Laseke just misses a throw-out at second as Berea-Midpark's Sarah Raines slides safely for a steal. KRISTIN BAUER | CHORNICLE

ELYRIA — There are more freshmen and sophomores (eight) than juniors and seniors (seven) on Elyria’s softball roster this spring. And only two of the 15, the Laseke sisters, are seniors. Coach Ken Fenik said some of the younger players are still learning the skills they need to play at the varsity level. That apparently Read More…

High school softball: Keystone’s heralded sophomore delivers offense in opening win

Keystone's Destiny Weber slides safe into second base before Westlake's Katie Nagel can tag her.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Are the young Keystone Wildcats a team of destiny? No one will know until the first Saturday in June. But they were Tuesday afternoon in a season-opening, non-conference 3-0 win over Westlake. Third baseman Destiny Weber, a sophomore who has already committed to Penn State, launched a two-run home run in the third Read More…

H.S. Baseball: Avon plays clean game, takes advantage of sloppy inning by Elyria

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AVON — It wasn’t anything spectacular, but the Eagles will take it. Avon took advantage of four Elyria miscues in the fourth inning to open the season with a 3-0 non-conference win over the Pioneers at All Pro Freight Stadium on Monday afternoon. Elyria’s Jaeger Shaffstall, who was making his debut at third base, made Read More…

H.S. Baseball Season Preview: EC ace Joey Begany motivated by district loss, wants to lead Panthers on deep postseason run

Joey Begany is Elyria Catholic’s top pitcher and hitter. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Elyria Catholic’s Joey Begany isn’t satisfied. Fresh off a season in which he was first-team All-Ohio, All-Lorain County and All-West Shore Conference — along with helping the Panthers into a district championship game against Keystone — Begany wants more. “I’m still bitter,” he said. The Panthers blew a sixth-inning lead in a 7-6 loss to Read More…

High school softball 2014: Pitcher Sarah Kaya hopes to lead Clearview to first district title

Clearview senior pitcher Sarah Kaya is a returning All-Ohio first-team selection. She wants to lead the Clippers to their first district title this season. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Sarah Kaya was 10 years old when she decided she wanted to be a softball pitcher. She figured that out while watching a college game on TV. Mesmerized by the pitchers, she turned to her father and said she wanted to try that. Little did she realize that seven years later she would be a Read More…

Boys basketball: Gavin Skelly soars as Demons roll past Lorain

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WESTLAKE — Once Gavin Skelly got going, Lorain couldn’t stop him. The senior center and Northwestern commit scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in Westlake’s 64-40 victory in a Division I sectional final Saturday afternoon at Westlake High School. “We never let off the gas,” Skelly said. “Lorain is probably one of the greater Read More…

Softball: Amherst names Reichert new coach


AMHERST — Lacey Reichert, a two-time first-team All-Ohio shortstop at Amherst and Lorain County Miss Softball in 2000, has been chosen to lead the Comets softball program. Reichert said she learned Tuesday she will succeed Bill Matthews, the dean of the county’s softball coaches. Matthews was told late last month his coaching contract would not Read More…

College signing: Family ties play important role in Avon Lake baseball standout Brad Hamilton picking Kent State

AVON LAKE — Brad Hamilton had plenty of reasons to choose Kent State to continue his baseball career. The Avon Lake catcher liked the program, for one, and a recent trip to the College World Series certainly didn’t hurt. But with rave reviews from two siblings, the program didn’t need to do much more convincing. Read More…

Keystone’s Tyler Gullett headed to Toledo to play baseball

LAGRANGE — Following a stellar junior baseball season, Keystone’s Tyler Gullett was hopeful to have his college search finalized before his senior year began. After visiting Toledo, Bowling Green and Dayton over the past few weeks, Gullett made up his mind Sunday morning, orally committing to Toledo. “I’m just ecstatic right now,” Gullett said. “It’s Read More…