July 1, 2015

Partly sunny
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 WEOL.com

H.S. Softball: Leigha Donaghue pitches well, but EC falls 2-1 to Beaumont

Elyria Catholic High School catcher Emily Hastings (22) tags out Beaumont School's Emily Brady (9) at home plate Wednesday, April 1. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — If pitching and defense are good early season indicators of how a team will play over the course of the year, Elyria Catholic and Beaumont had reason to walk away from Wednesday’s non-league game pleased. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Beaumont was also able to put together just enough timely hitting to walk away Read More…

High school softball: Austinson, Avon nearly perfect in opener

AVON — The Avon Eagles couldn’t have dreamed of a better start. In their season opener Tuesday against non-conference rival Avon Lake, the Eagles erupted for eight first-inning runs and battered the Shoregals for 14 runs on 14 hits in just four innings. Meanwhile, sophomore Dani Austinson (1-0) came within a bunt single of pitching Read More…

High school softball 2015: Keystone has the talent and experience to make this another year of the ‘Cats

Summer Constable, left, and Destiny Weber are two reasons Keystone is once again getting national recognition. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

If the Keystone Wildcats have their way, right around the first weekend in June the community of LaGrange is going to be decked out in purple and partying like it’s 2012. That was the year Keystone won its third state championship and first national championship. Fast-forward to 2015 and a whole new set of Wildcats, Read More…

High school baseball: Vermilion stays course, rallies past Brookside

VERMILION — Jeff Keck looks at every baseball game as an opportunity for his Vermilion Sailors to learn a lesson. Tuesday’s lesson? You are never out of it. Vermilion rallied from a four-run deficit, scoring the game’s final eight runs to top Brookside 9-5 for the second consecutive day at Vermilion’s high school baseball complex. Read More…

High school baseball: Elyria Catholic gets early confidence boost with win over defending district champion St. Edward

Elyria Catholic's Noah Bland returns safe to first base on a scoring play for Elyria Catholic in the first inning Monday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Elyria Catholic could not have asked for a better start to the season. Sophomore starting pitcher Andrew Abrahamowicz recorded seven strikeouts in five innings while allowing just two runs, junior reliever Sean Darmafall struck out the side in the seventh inning to notch the save and the Panthers offense got things started with Read More…

High school baseball: Three-run first leads Avon past Elyria

Elyria catcher Caleb Henry chases Avon's Logan Doenges after Doenges got caught in a rundown during Monday's game at All Pro Freight Stadium. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

AVON — Anytime a team can put up a crooked number in the first inning, it’s usually a good sign of things to come. Avon was able to put up three runs without an RBI in the first inning thanks to a couple of throwing errors by Elyria, and it proved to be the difference Read More…

College signing: Amherst’s Ashlee Dahman to play softball at UConn

Ashlee Dahman

Amherst junior Ashlee Dahman spent the spring and summer catching fly balls in center field for the Comets and for her travel team, New Jersey Intensity. On Thursday, Dahman reached out and grabbed a piece of her future when she orally committed to play softball at the University of Connecticut. “I’ve worked so hard,” Dahman Read More…

Keystone’s Carleigh Herrington named Lorain County Miss Softball

Keystone senior Carleigh Herrington smiles after being named Miss Softball on Tuesday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — Since 1992, the first year it was given, 26 players have earned the Lorain County Miss Softball award. On Tuesday night, Keystone’s celebrated program added its 11th Miss Softball. The honor went to Carleigh Herrington, a senior infielder-designated player, who finished her four-year career with a .425 batting average. In the process of Read More…

All-Lorain County softball: Beursken, Kaya and Minarchick named area’s top players


Midview senior Amanda Beursken hit home runs like no Lorain County player ever had before and this week was honored by the county’s coaches with the Division I player of the year award. Beursken, who finished with 27 career home runs, received her award prior to the 28th annual Lorain County Senior All-Star Game on Read More…

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…