Elyria is hoping 13 will be a lucky number today when it hosts the 13th annual Elyria Softball Classic at the Elyria West softball complex.
The Pioneers will take the field at 10 a.m. against Fairview. Columbia will play Vanlue at the same time, while at 11:30 Midview will open against North Olmsted and Bay will take on Sylvania Southview.
Semifinals are set for 1 and 2:30, with consolation games going on at the same time. The championship is scheduled for 4 p.m.
“We try to put together a nice mix of schools,” Elyria coach Ken Fenik said. “We want to keep it mostly local schools but also bring in teams that don’t get to play each other a lot.
“It’s really a community-type affair, especially if the weather is nice. You get to see some people you don’t see all year. I also hope the competitive nature of events like this helps to prepare the girls for when we get into the state tournament.”
Last year the Classic was washed out for the first time in the history of the event.
An early test
Wellington coach Tim Wulfhoop will find out a lot about his team in the next few days. Today and Sunday the Dukes will play in the Ohio Invitational at Akron’s Firestone Stadium, site of the state tournament.
Wellington faces Massillon Perry today at 1, then returns Sunday to face Walsh Jesuit, a Division II regional finalist a year ago, and Garrettsville Garfield. Perry and Garfield were both district finalists last season in Divisions I and III, respectively.
If that’s not enough competition for the Dukes, they travel to Black River, another Division III district finalist in 2011, on Monday for a key patriot Athletic Conference game.
“I like the idea of facing good competition early in the season,” Wulfhoop said. “The girls seem to really be excited about it. We played in this event two years ago and you face some bigger schools down there. Really, the only difference between the teams in the PAC and bigger schools is depth. The PAC has so much talent, but when you’re facing a Division I school like Perry, you know they have just as much talent on the bench.”
The Amherst Comets will holding their 15th annual benefit steak fry and auction Friday at the Amherst Eagles Club. Tickets are $20 and include a 16 ounce T-Bone with all the fixings. Dinner will be served from 5 -7 p.m. and will be followed by a live auction conducted by Tim Lile, a former state champion auctioneer. More than 75 items have been donated by local businesses. Call 988-5159.
Inside the numbers
Keystone’s Brittany Bowers had a pair of triples in the Wildcats’ 20-2 win over Lutheran West. The Wildcats have outscored their first three league foes, 44-2.
• Vermilion’s Sydney Virgin had three hits in a 13-3 win over Rocky River.
• Brookside’s Kady Whitsel had four hits, including a home run, as the Cardinals swept a doubleheader from Lorain.
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