May 30, 2015

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Diamond Report

Diamond Report

High school softball: Riley Schill’s bat and Ally Kamody’s glove lead Elyria Catholic to Division III regional finalHigh school softball: Youth movement carries Keystone to win over Perkins and into Division II regional title gameHigh school softball: Resilient Danielle Dill gets clutch hit as Westlake tops Brecksville, makes Division I regional finalRegional Softball: EC exceeding expectations, and improved offense deserves much of the credit
  • 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

Elyria twins Kaitlyn, Kandis Laseke love having fun, but they’re serious about winning another state softball title

Not only are Elyria High’s Kaitlyn and Kandis Laseke identical twins, they also share an identical dream — to win a state softball championship. Kaitlyn will be behind the plate today for the Pioneers when they battle Grove City in the Division I state semifinals at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Kandis, as she has for Read More…

High school softball: Clearview strikeout specialist Sarah Kaya repeats as first-team Division II All-Ohio selection

Clearview’s Sarah Kaya had the same reaction Wednesday to being named first-team All-Ohio in Division II by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association as she did last season when she got the same news. Disbelief. “I didn’t expect it last year and I really didn’t expect it this year either,” said Kaya, who Read More…

H.S. softball: Elyria making trips to state tournament a rite of spring

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It’s been 20 years since an Elyria High softball team first played in a state Final Four. The Pioneers were to take on the Westerville South Greyhounds, the eventual state runner-up, in a 1994 semifinal. Ken Fenik, who was coach Sue Cohagen’s assistant at the time, said he knew before the game started Elyria was Read More…

Regional Softball: Elyria’s improbable run reaches Final Four as streaking Pioneers claim fourth straight regional title

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CLYDE — If it seems like fantasy, it’s because it was so improbable. Three weeks ago, few people, if any, would have given Elyria’s softball team the remotest chance of returning to the state Final Four. But perceived improbabilities are why they play the games. With a largely unexpected 4-0 victory over second-ranked Brecksville on Read More…

Division II regional baseball: Heavy hearts hard to overcome as Keystone held to one hit and no runs in loss to Perkins

Keystone's Kendle Stiner kneels in the infield after a 10-0 loss to Perkins. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

TIFFIN — Perkins left-hander Braun Miller showed Keystone why he will be pitching for Ohio State in the future. The 6-foot-4 junior dominated the Wildcats on Thursday in a 10-0 Division II regional semifinal win at Tiffin University’s Heminger Field, allowing just one hit while striking out 14 of the 20 batters he faced. Aaron Read More…

Division II regional softball: Tough week ends in tough loss as Keystone manages just one hit in 4-1 loss to Maumee

Keystone's Emily Cornish, left, and Sammie Stefan react after a loss to Maumee. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

BUCYRUS — At the end of an emotionally draining week, Keystone’s softball season came to an emotional end Thursday afternoon. Maumee, a team with nine regular-season losses, pinned a 4-1 defeat on the second-ranked Wildcats in a Division II regional semifinal delayed 22 hours by rain. In the course of their final game, the Wildcats Read More…

Division I regional softball: Elyria on brink of state tourney thanks to huge comeback, extra-inning win over Oregon Clay

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CLYDE — Team Wow earned its nickname. And then some. Elyria softball coach Ken Fenik dubbed his club Team Wow after putting together a great run at the end of the season. He was left nearly speechless Wednesday after watching his Pioneers score four times in the sixth inning and twice in the eighth inning Read More…

Division II regional baseball preview: Keystone feeling confident thanks to dominant pitching, defense

Pitching has been a strength of the Keystone Wildcats all season thanks to the talents of Collin Fitzgerald, left, Kendle Stiner, middle, and Tyler Gullett. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Pitching and defense win games. Just ask Keystone, which used that formula to claim its fourth straight district title and earn a spot in today’s Division II regional semifinal against Perkins at Tiffin University at 5 p.m. Keystone (24-5) was able to accomplish that goal even with a move up to Division II thanks to Read More…

Division II regional softball: Keystone rained out, postponed until today

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Keystone’s Division II regional softball semifinal Wednesday against Maumee at Bucyrus High School was postponed due to rain. The game was not started. It will be played today at 3 p.m. at the same site. The second-ranked Wildcats bring a 27-3 record into the game against the 18-9 Panthers.  

H.S. Softball Regional Preview: Keystone looks to make more history, another trip to state Final Four

Keystone seniors, from left, Morgan McNulty, Emily Cornish, Carleigh Herrington, Jenny Schaffer and Nicole Neri are looking for a state title to go with the one they won as sophomores. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It could have scarcely escaped one’s attention that the Keystone softball program makes history every so often. In 1999, it became Lorain County’s first to win a state championship. In 2006, it was the county’s first to win two state titles and the first — and still only in the history of the state tournament Read More…