April 21, 2015

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

High school softball: Alex Dick blasts two-run home run in eighth inning as Elyria beats Medina, stays in league hunt

Elyria’s Alex Dick slides in to home safely past Medina catcher Morgan Rittenhouse in the second inning Monday 
at Medina. Dick hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to lift the Pioneers to a key NOC Valley Division victory. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

MEDINA — Elyria coach Ken Fenik said junior designated player Alex Dick is usually good for at least one hit a game. Thankfully for the Pioneers, she had two hits in her Monday. Dick, who went 2-for-4, hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to propel Elyria to a 7-5 win over Medina Read More…

High school baseball: Keystone blanks Buckeye, wraps up PAC Stars title

YORK TWP. — Right-hander Kendle Steiner and left fielder Denny Szalai took a walk down memory lane. The Keystone baseball players remembered the feeling of losing to Buckeye at James H. Tighe Field last May. It wasn’t a warm and fuzzy memory, especially considering the Bucks went on to take the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Read More…

H.S. Softball: Inspired Black River stops hot Firelands

Firelands' Lexi Shick isn't able to beat the throw to Black River first baseman Madison Combs. AARON JOSEFCZYK / CHRONICLE

SULLIVAN TWP. — The Black River softball team wasn’t about to lose for the fifth time in its last six games.
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High school softball: Westlake’s power, pitching top Amherst

Westlake players congratulate Rachel May (30) as she crosses home plate after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning Friday against Amherst. The Demons won, 4-3. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AMHERST — The last time Amherst faced Westlake pitcher Katie Lew it failed to get a hit and struck out 12 times. It took the Comets only one pitch to get a hit off Lew on Friday, but the result was the same. Rachel May smoked a three-run home run to left-center and Lew did Read More…

High school baseball: Middies grab early lead, but St. Edward roars back

Midview's Kyle Warner pitches during a game against St. Edward o

AVON — Midview jumped out early in its non-conference game with St. Edward at All Pro Freight Stadium on Tuesday, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Eagles put up eight runs in the third and five in the fifth to post a 13-3 mercy-rule win. The Middies led 3-0 going to the bottom of Read More…

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…