May 5, 2015

Diamond Report
  • 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

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…

Sectional Baseball: Amherst executes squeeze play, beats Midview in 9 innings

Amherst center fielder Rees Rua, left, is congratulated by right fielder Brad Hagerich on Thursday after making a diving catch during the Comets’ 10-9 win in nine innings. KRISTIN/BAUER/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — Thanks to the finicky gods of Ohio weather, the Division I sectional baseball final between Midview and Amherst had more fits and starts than a Kardashian wedding. Scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, it was postponed, rescheduled, postponed again, reset dangerously close to proms and the weekend, called off again, reset hours later. But when Read More…

High school baseball: Wellington grabs early lead before Elyria Catholic chips away for victory

Elyria Catholic's pitcher Aaron Vazquez pitches against Wellington. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — It was a rough start but Elyria Catholic was more than happy with how things turned out. Freshman pitcher Andrew Abrohamowicz lasted just a third of an inning for his second consecutive start, allowing four runs on just one hit while walking four, as the second-seeded Panthers fell behind seventh-seeded Wellington. That was Read More…