March 28, 2015

Diamond Report

Diamond Report

College signing: Amherst’s Ashlee Dahman to play softball at UConnKeystone’s Carleigh Herrington named Lorain County Miss SoftballAll-Lorain County softball: Beursken, Kaya and Minarchick named area’s top playersClearview’s Sarah Kaya named softball Player of the Year
MondayApril 14Firelands at Keystone
ThursdayApril 17Avon at Vermilion
ThursdayApril 24Elyria Catholic at Midview
FridayApril 25Elyria at Amherst
SaturdayApril 26Prebis Tournament
Keystone vs Bishop Hartley
Elyria vs North Canton Hoover
MondayApril 28Avon at Elyria Catholic
Tuesday April 29Columbia at Clearview
ThursdayMay 01Clearview at Keystone
ThursdayMay 08Keystone at Columbia
ThursdayMay 08Norwalk at Lorain
SaturdayMay 10Elyria at Avon Lake

Games will be streamed on

Midview senior Amanda Beursken is talented hitter with knack for bashing home runs

Midview senior Amanda Beursken set a Lorain County record with 13 home runs last season. This year she already has eight in just 15 games, while also batting .500 with 27 RBIs and a 1.250 slugging percentage. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Midview shortstop Amanda Beursken has a daily reminder of her home run-hitting prowess. Her mom, Kelly, keeps a basket filled with Beursken’s home run balls next to the fireplace in the family’s living room. “She always says that when they go over the fence they’re hers,” Beursken said. “And except for a few from summer Read More…

H.S. Softball: Keystone crushes 2 foes, goes 3-0 in Prebis Memorial Classic

Keystone senior DH Nicole Neri connects on the first home run of her high school career Saturday in a 13-1 win over Bishop Hartley. The ’Cats also beat Mentor 11-1. CHRISTY LEGEZA / CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone outscored two opponents 24-2 Saturday to steal the spotlight in the Prebis Memorial Classic it hosts annually. The second-ranked Wildcats (16-2) drilled Columbus Bishop Hartley 13-1 in their morning opener with an 11-hit attack and a seven-strikeout five-hitter by freshman pitcher Lauren Shaw. The young Wildcats came back with an 11-1 rout Read More…

High school softball: Elyria bounces back after tough loss, rips Columbus DeSales in its Prebis Memorial Classic finale

Elyria’s McKenzie Phares puts a bunt down the third-base line for an RBI in the fifth inning Saturday against DeSales. Elyria lost a close opener Saturday before rolling to a 12-2 win vs. DeSales. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Anna Daly and Kelsey Plato made sure the Prebis Memorial Classic ended on a high note for Elyria. Daly and Plato each went 3-for-3 with three runs scored as the Pioneers defeated Columbus St. Francis DeSales 12-2 in six innings Saturday at LaGrange Community Park. Plato and Carley Bachna led off the second Read More…

High school softball: Amherst not shocked by Edison upset

Amherst's Sarah Miller singles against Edison on Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The Prebis Memorial Tournament is a chance for area teams to face off against top competition from across the state. On Friday, Amherst made the most of its chance. Sophomore Ashlee Dahman’s three-run home run was the deciding blow as the Comets defeated Edison 4-3 at Wellington Community Park. The Chargers (10-3) came Read More…

High school softball: Keystone, Elyria romp in Prebis openers

Keystone's Summer Constable connects for a single Friday in a 9-0 win over Mercy High School of New York. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Keystone and Elyria rolled to one-sided victories Friday as the ninth Prebis Memorial Classic opened at LaGrange Community Park. Midview, which trailed 6-0 early and 10-2 in the sixth inning, made a strong comeback against Nordonia before losing, 10-8. All three are in action again at 10 a.m. today as the 40-team round-robin Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria players lean on the power of pizza, camaraderie to down Amherst, snap six-game skid

Amherst's Kody Bledsoe loses sight of the ball after it took a bounce while he was trying to make a play at second base. Rounding the corner and heading for third is Elyria's Jacob Czimadia. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — A little pizza, the airing of grievances and a mutual understanding may be just what Elyria’s baseball team needed to turn the corner on its season. The Pioneers actually pulled for each other Friday and played the game with a certain joy that had been missing all season, jumping out to a big Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic rallies past Midview

Elyria Catholic's Lukas Redmon slips past Midview's Dylan Brister with the game-tying run in the fourth inning Thursday at Midview. EC rallied from 4-0 down to get the win in WSC play. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Never count out Elyria Catholic. Down all game, the Panthers tied the score in the sixth inning and scored the game-winning run in the top of the seventh to defeat Midview 5-4 in West Shore Conference action. Midview jumped on Elyria Catholic starting pitcher Joey Begany for a run in the first Read More…

H.S. Softball: Clearview senior pitches shutout, hits HR in win over Wellington

Clearview senior Sarah Kaya pitches against Wellington on Thursday during a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover matchup. The Clippers star had a huge day on the mound — throwing a shutout — and at the plate — going 3-for-4 with a home run — to spark Clearview’s 7-0 victory. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — The only thing Sarah Kaya didn’t do Thursday was sign the lineup card. The Clearview senior pitched a shutout and helped her own cause by going 3-for-4 with a solo home run as the Clippers defeated Wellington 7-0 in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game. Clearview (8-2) remained a perfect 7-0 in Read More…

High school baseball: Lutheran West downs Clearview in pitchers duel

Lutheran West’s Eric Szczepinski steals second base during the first inning of the Longhorns’ 4-2 win over Clearview on Wednesday in Rocky River. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ROCKY RIVER — Effective pitching in baseball is just like easy-to-market real estate in that it benefits from three important factors — location, location, location. That theory was proven brilliantly Wednesday as Lutheran West defeated Patriot Athletic Conference rival Clearview 4-2 in a thrilling pitchers duel. Like gunslingers in a spaghetti Western, Clearview ace Roger Read More…

High school softball: Brunswick routs Elyria

Elyria's Madison Fullmer hits a single for a basehit. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Brunswick junior Courtney Saville learned to pitch down in Virginia. This is probably not the spooky product of a force at work in the cosmos. But it’s at least an interesting coincidence that Saville was in the circle Wednesday afternoon when Elyria’s offense went south. Saville pitched a five-hitter in which she struck Read More…