April 18, 2015

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Diamond Report
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 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…

District baseball: Amherst rallies last, scoring four in seventh to make district final

Elyria's Brodie Stewart hits an RBI double in the sixth inning. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Elyria had a stunning comeback, scoring seven runs in the top of the sixth to steal the lead from Amherst. That’s what made the Pioneers’ 8-7 loss Monday in a Division I district semifinal at The Pipe Yard that much tougher to deal with. Elyria failed to get a hit until the top Read More…

Sectional baseball: One inning of offense, solid pitching enough as Keystone tops Vermilion, makes district

Vermilion's Caleb Waller tags out Keystone's Collin Fitzgerald on a stolen base attempt. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

PENFIELD TWP. — Top-seeded Keystone went in search of a fourth straight sectional championship Monday and found it, scratching out a 3-1 win over Vermilion in the Division II final at Penfield Recreational Park. The Wildcats (22-5), however, get no time to savor their win. They’re back in action today against Buckeye in a district Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic follows script, fights back from early deficit to top Lutheran West, win sectional

Elyria Catholic's Brian Mahilo slides in safely at home. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Elyria Catholic has had a tendency this season to fall behind in games and then fight back to win. It was no different Saturday afternoon as the Panthers climbed out of a hole with a five-run second inning to come back and defeat Lutheran West 7-4 in a Richfield Division III sectional final Read More…

Sectional Softball: Clearview gets revenge for last year’s loss to Firelands

Clearview pitcher Sarah Kaya throws against the Firelands Falcons during a Division II sectional final Friday afternoon. The Clippers won 10-0. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — The recipe for winning playoff softball isn’t especially complicated. Begin with a prime cut of outstanding pitching. Add in a heaping helping of timely hitting and garnish with solid fundamentals. And then add a light drizzle of pure Lorain Country spring rain for good measure. On Friday afternoon, the Clearview Clippers prepared Read More…

Sectional Softball: North Ridgeville pitcher uses season-best outing to blank Lorain

North Ridgeville’s Nicole Andrews delivers against Lorain on Friday during the Rangers’ 13-0 victory in a 
Division I sectional tournament opener.
Andrews gave up just one hit while striking out 12 Titans. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Nicole Andrews picked the perfect day to have her best pitching performance of the season. Andrews came within three outs of pitching a five-inning perfect game, but settled for a one-hitter in North Ridgeville’s 13-0 mercy-rule win over Lorain in a Division I sectional opener Friday. Andrews befuddled Lorain’s hitters, striking out Read More…

Sectional Baseball: Marques Inman throws 1-hitter, gets 2 hits in Elyria’s 3-0 win over Lakewood

Elyria’s Marques Inman delivers Friday during his one-hit masterpiece against Lakewood in a 3-0 victory. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — After Elyria started the season by losing 10 of 13 games, the team held a players-only meeting to clear the air. The Pioneers emerged with a different attitude, deciding to come together and rely on each other. Junior Marques Inman put the Pioneers on his shoulders Friday and carried them to the Division Read More…

Sectional Softball: Oberlin freshman Kenzy Tallman hits 2 homers in 9-8 win over Wellington

WELLINGTON — You’ll understand if Oberlin’s freshman right fielder is standing especially tall this morning. Kenzy Tallman’s towering three-run homer in the third inning got the Phoenix offense rolling in its Division III sectional final Friday at chilly Community Park. Then with her team trailing 8-6 in the seventh, Tallman drilled a two-run shot that Read More…