April 23, 2014

Diamond Report

Diamond Report

High school softball: Elyria Catholic fights off Lorain, wind for victoryHigh school baseball: Black River avenges loss to WellingtonHigh school softball: Midview tops Avon, grabs first in WSCHigh school baseball: North Ridgeville’s Matt Feierabend works his magic on the mound in victory over Vermilion
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

High school softball: Family atmosphere helps Elyria overcome obstacles, make it back to regionals


When indoor softball practice began in February, there was good reason for optimism at Elyria High. The Pioneers lost only four letterwinners at graduation in June and had 11 coming back, six of them starters. These included three key seniors: southpaw catcher Haley Looney, No. 1 pitcher Caitlyn Minney and veteran third baseman-slugger Melanie Woodard. Read More…

High school baseball: Keystone’s third straight trip to regionals sparks high expectations

When most people think of Keystone spring sports, the softball team is the first one that comes to mind. Countless regional and state tournament berths, along with several state championships, have given the Wildcats softball team a legacy that has stood the test of time. Now their counterparts on the baseball diamond are building a Read More…

Pitching in to win: Columbia well-armed for regional thanks to its trio of talented hurlers

Columbia has pitching to spare this year thanks to, left to right, Kailey Minarchick, Christine Lyzen and Amanda Sedlock. All three have done their part in the circle this season to help the Raiders go 25-4 and make regionals. (CT photo by Bruce Bishop.)

Even before Columbia advanced to regionals as one of 16 Division III teams still having championship aspirations, coach Ken Lugo was in a position that would leave many of his peers envious. You see, most teams have one pitcher capable of leading her team at this point of the season. Lugo’s Raiders go into today’s Read More…

High school softball: Columbia holds off Independence, wins first district title since 1992


NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Seven years of tournament frustration ended for Columbia on Saturday in a cloud of dust. The Raiders defeated Independence in a 2-1 thriller to win a Division III district title for the first time since 1992. It was their third overall. They had lost district finals four of the previous five years Read More…

High school baseball: Second straight shutout carries Avon Lake to win over Midview, district title


LORAIN — The hottest team in Division I baseball might just be from Avon Lake. After Brett Kiser’s complete-game shutout beat Amherst on Friday, Matt Morissette repeated the feat Saturday, scattering six hits in a 6-0 district final win over Midview at The Pipe Yard. The district title is Avon Lake’s first since 2005 and Read More…

Mr. Baseball 2013: Midview’s Eric Lauer has tremendous talent; plenty of options, too

VERMILION — Major league scouts follow him religiously and Division I universities have drooled over the possibility of landing him as a recruit. He’s Midview’s Eric Lauer, this year’s Lorain County Mr. Baseball. Lauer was awarded this year’s prize at the annual Lorain County All-Star baseball game at Vermilion on Saturday. “Last year, Brandyn got Read More…

Division II district softball: Firelands rallies past Clearview for first-ever district title

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LAGRANGE — Dynamite probably understates the explosion Firelands detonated Friday at LaGrange Community Park. Nuclear is probably closer. Trailing Clearview 1-0 six outs from elimination, the Falcons resumed their Division II district softball final in the home half of the sixth inning. The blast was large and memorable. Firelands (18-11) batted around, scored four runs Read More…

Division I district baseball: Avon Lake uses early surge to down Amherst


LORAIN — It didn’t take Amherst long to realize it might be in trouble during Friday’s Division I district semifinal. Avon Lake scored three runs in the top of the first inning without the benefit of a hit and the Comets failed to score after loading the bases with no one out. The Shoremen didn’t Read More…

Division I district baseball: Lauer powers Midview past Lakewood


LORAIN — Midview coach Scott Jalowiec got to see a different side of his ace starting pitcher, Eric Lauer. After watching his senior breeze through the regular season and early playoff games without giving up as much as an unearned run, Jalowiec got to see how his left-hander responded to an opposing player crossing the Read More…

High school: Weather shakes up baseball, softball tournament schedules

It had to happen, right? There couldn’t be a spring sports postseason in Northeast Ohio without some weather worries, could there? Apparently not, because Thursday, for the first time this postseason, rain messed up the best-laid plans of tournament officials and baseball and softball coaches. The result was a pair of Division I district baseball Read More…