May 3, 2015

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Diamond Report

Diamond Report

High school softball: Katie Lew lifts Westlake past AmherstHigh school baseball: Tanner Doenges delivers game-winner as Avon edges Elyria Catholic in battle of state-ranked teamsHigh school softball: Firelands edges Wellington in 9 innings … againH.S. Softball: Amherst gets long-awaited victory over Keystone with 3-2 win at Prebis Memorial
  • 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 WEOL.com

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya named softball Player of the Year

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya picks up the Lorain County Coaches Player of the Year award Tuesday after going 17-8 with a 1.89 ERA and 281 strikeouts this season, while also batting .438. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — For someone who didn’t start playing fastpitch softball until she was 10 and was never on a summer travel team until she was an eighth-grader, Clearview’s Sarah Kaya caught on quickly. Over the past four seasons, she has been an important part of the Clippers’ huge turnaround under the leadership of coach Denny Read More…

High school softball: Home runs, fun make all-star game special

Carlee Grunda of the Pink team scores before the ball reaches the White team’s Brooklynn Gonzales in the first inning Tuesday night at Wellington Community Park. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — One of the 28th Annual Lorain County All-Star Softball Games turned into home run derby Tuesday at Wellington Community Park. Midview’s Amanda Beursken and Amherst’s Brooklynn Gonzalez each homered as the Pink team picked up a 7-5 win over White. Beursken, who set the Lorain County career home run record with 27, belted Read More…

MLB Draft: Midview’s Cody Callaway picked by Indians in 34th round

Cody Callaway

Cody Callaway’s mom went rooting through the family pictures a few days ago and came up with one of him around age 2 all decked out in Cleveland Indians gear. “That was kind of cool,” Callaway said. Even cooler for the recent Midview graduate and his family is the news they received Saturday: Callaway was Read More…

High school baseball: Avon Lake’s Brad Hamilton, Keystone’s Tyler Gullett, Lake Ridge’s Jack Spellman named All-Ohio

For some players, being named first-team all-state by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association is a nice footnote to their high school careers as they head to college to play at the next level. For others, it’s a final honor as the curtain closes on their competitive baseball careers. For Lake Ridge Academy’s Jack Read More…

High school softball: Elyria overpowered, sees championship hopes end with 9-1 semifinal loss to Grove City

Elyria High's Alex Dick hugs teammate Kaitlyn Laseke while fighting back tears after the Pioneers lost in the state softball semifinals Thursday.

AKRON — It only took one pitch for Elyria to realize it might be in trouble Thursday in the Division I state semifinals against Grove City. Greyhound catcher Delaney Mixer smashed Elizabeth Ellis’ opening pitch into the left-field corner of Firestone Stadium for a double to set the tone in what ended up a 9-1 Read More…

Elyria twins Kaitlyn, Kandis Laseke love having fun, but they’re serious about winning another state softball title

Not only are Elyria High’s Kaitlyn and Kandis Laseke identical twins, they also share an identical dream — to win a state softball championship. Kaitlyn will be behind the plate today for the Pioneers when they battle Grove City in the Division I state semifinals at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Kandis, as she has for Read More…

High school softball: Clearview strikeout specialist Sarah Kaya repeats as first-team Division II All-Ohio selection

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya had the same reaction Wednesday to being named first-team All-Ohio in Division II by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association as she did last season when she got the same news. Disbelief. “I didn’t expect it last year and I really didn’t expect it this year either,” said Kaya, who Read More…

H.S. softball: Elyria making trips to state tournament a rite of spring

elyria slider

It’s been 20 years since an Elyria High softball team first played in a state Final Four. The Pioneers were to take on the Westerville South Greyhounds, the eventual state runner-up, in a 1994 semifinal. Ken Fenik, who was coach Sue Cohagen’s assistant at the time, said he knew before the game started Elyria was Read More…

Regional Softball: Elyria’s improbable run reaches Final Four as streaking Pioneers claim fourth straight regional title

softball slider

CLYDE — If it seems like fantasy, it’s because it was so improbable. Three weeks ago, few people, if any, would have given Elyria’s softball team the remotest chance of returning to the state Final Four. But perceived improbabilities are why they play the games. With a largely unexpected 4-0 victory over second-ranked Brecksville on Read More…

Division II regional baseball: Heavy hearts hard to overcome as Keystone held to one hit and no runs in loss to Perkins

Keystone's Kendle Stiner kneels in the infield after a 10-0 loss to Perkins. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

TIFFIN — Perkins left-hander Braun Miller showed Keystone why he will be pitching for Ohio State in the future. The 6-foot-4 junior dominated the Wildcats on Thursday in a 10-0 Division II regional semifinal win at Tiffin University’s Heminger Field, allowing just one hit while striking out 14 of the 20 batters he faced. Aaron Read More…