May 29, 2015

Diamond Report

Diamond Report

High school softball: Riley Schill’s bat and Ally Kamody’s glove lead Elyria Catholic to Division III regional finalHigh school softball: Youth movement carries Keystone to win over Perkins and into Division II regional title gameHigh school softball: Resilient Danielle Dill gets clutch hit as Westlake tops Brecksville, makes Division I regional finalRegional Softball: EC exceeding expectations, and improved offense deserves much of the credit
  • 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

H.S. Softball: Elyria coach Ken Fenik collects 500th win as Pioneers secure at least a share of league title


NORTH ROYALTON — Elyria shortstop Carly Bachna, facing a 2-and-1 count in the first inning, couldn’t resist the next pitch Wednesday afternoon and crushed it for a grand slam. Bachna’s blast, her second homer of the season, laid the groundwork for a 9-5 Elyria victory over North Royalton and a milestone moment in Elyria sports Read More…

High school baseball: North Olmsted relies on the basics … strong defense and solid pitching … to get past Lorain

LORAIN — The Lorain Titans kept putting the ball in play … and North Olmsted kept fielding it. After the first Titan reached base on an error, the Eagles used flawless defense and efficient pitching to score a 5-2 non-conference victory at The Pipe Yard. North Olmsted third baseman Scott Cooney had three assists and Read More…

High school softball: Elyria downs Medina with 15-run fourth

MEDINA — Elyria softball coach Ken Fenik has been coaching the Pioneers for a long time and can’t remember a half-inning like it. Medina coach Jessica Toocheck has played the game at every level possible and can’t fathom it either. What happened in the fourth inning of a 19-5 win by Elyria on Monday was Read More…

High school baseball notes: Firelands getting boost from young pitchers

The Firelands Falcons are in position to win their first conference title in baseball in a decade. Their young arms have played a key role. Freshman right-hander Evan Lacey and sophomores Trevor Damron (left-hander), Dan Hribal (right-hander) and Kyle Wilson (right-hander) have grown up in a hurry, putting up the kind of numbers Falcons coach Read More…

Softball: Elyria sweeps three games at own tournament

ELYRIA — One run, they say, is as good as 100, and it doesn’t matter if you’re the winner or loser. Elyria’s seventh-ranked softball team swept three games in its weekend round-robin invitational, two by a single run. The margin of victory carries no weight when a game enters the win column. The Pioneers sandwiched Read More…

High school softball: Katie Lew lifts Westlake past Amherst

Westlake High School pitcher Katie Lew (2) pitches against Amherst on Thursday night, April 30. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

WESTLAKE — On a chilly and windy Thursday night, junior pitcher Katie Lew and seniors Lainey McCue and Rachel May turned in a baking soda performance for Westlake in a 2-0 win over Amherst. That’s right, they were the arm and hammer for the Demons, who improved to 16-4, 7-2 in the Southwestern Conference. Amherst Read More…

High school baseball: Tanner Doenges delivers game-winner as Avon edges Elyria Catholic in battle of state-ranked teams

Avon High School's Ethan St. Clair (23) slides safely into third base as Elyria Catholic High School third baseman Colt Schuler (5) jumpst to attempt to catch an over-thrown ball and still make the tag on Wednesday evening, April 29. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — For 130 pitches, Elyria Catholic sophomore right-hander Andrew Abrahamowicz did his job. On his 131st pitch, Avon catcher Tanner Doenges did his job a little better. Doenges lined a 2-1 fastball into center field, driving in Tommy Kocar and Tim Moroz to lift Avon to a 5-4 walk-off West Shore Conference victory at Read More…

High school softball: Firelands edges Wellington in 9 innings … again

Firelands's Alexis Shick tags out Wellington Hailey Brasee at third base in the second inning of a game April 28. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SOUTH AMHERST — Extra-inning softball thrillers may be repetitive for Firelands and Wellington lately. But there’s nothing monotonous about them. On Tuesday, for the second straight day, the Falcons defeated the Dukes in a nine-inning Patriot Athletic Conference game. The score was 7-6, thanks to Hailey Blankenship’s ninth-inning single to the gap in left-center that Read More…

H.S. Softball: Amherst gets long-awaited victory over Keystone with 3-2 win at Prebis Memorial

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE                                    
Amherst High School's Ashley Cogdell (2) bats against St. Francis DeSales High School on Saturday afternoon, April 25.

LAGRANGE — The phrase “Game of the Century” is usually reserved for college football matchups that are hyped for weeks, or even months, in advance. The Amherst softball team had its “Game of the Century” on short notice Saturday when it stunned Keystone 3-2 on the Wildcats’ home field at the Prebis Memorial Classic. Senior Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: Elyria’s 2002 softball team made memorable run to state championship

The 2002 Elyria High School softball team won a state championship.

Those who saw the winning run score aren’t likely to forget the moment. It was one of the most memorable in Elyria sports history. And for those who weren’t in Ashland’s Brookside Park on that hot June afternoon in 2002, there is The Picture. It appeared in The Chronicle-Telegram the next morning, on June 9, Read More…