July 30, 2014

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Little League softball: Avon fights off Elyria East and elimination, forces final game for 9-10 district championship

ELYRIA — It was a game that could have decided a district title for 9- and 10-year-old Little League softball players. What it really did was create a rubber match in Avon today at 6 p.m. that will produce the district champion, with a berth in the state tournament in Clyde at stake. The Avon Read More…

It takes 17 innings and nearly six hours, but Crushers finally pull out win over Southern Illinois

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AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers game Tuesday night was so long, it didn’t end until Wednesday morning. A 12-minute rain delay was only the tip of the iceberg in a marathon game with the Southern Illinois Miners that lasted 17 innings – the longest game ever at All Pro Freight Stadium and in Crushers’ Read More…

Little League baseball: Avon Under-10 team fights off elimination, downs Cuyahoga Falls North to force final game

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Valley Savings Bank Sports Complex is quickly becoming Avon’s home away from home. Two days after the Under-11 Little League team evened its tournament record against Cuyahoga Falls North, the Under-10 team went on the road to fight off elimination — and the rain — and came up with an 11-7 victory Read More…

Little League baseball: Avon 11-year-olds stay alive, down Cuyahoga Falls North to force district finale tonight

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CUYAHOGA FALLS — Avon would rather star in a summer blockbuster than play second fiddle in an award-winning drama. The Under-11 Little Leaguers enacted some revenge on the road Friday night, defeating Cuyahoga Falls North 6-2 in the sequel of its 4-3 walk-off, extra-inning defeat last Sunday. The teams play for the District 3 championship Read More…

Little League baseball: Avon U12 team downs Tallmadge for third straight district championship

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AVON — Perhaps the third time will be the charm for Avon. The Avon Eagle All-Stars won the District 3 U12 Little League championship Tuesday night 13-11 over Tallmadge. It’s the third consecutive district championship for the group, and after a third-place showing in the state tournament last year, Avon manager Kevin McNamara likes his Read More…

Avon grad Kaitlin Neumann stays hot in the heat, shoots 77 to win Ohio Girls Golf Foundation tournament by seven shots

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AVON — Kaitlin Neumann was hot. Actually, everyone was Monday during a sweltering day at the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation’s 12th annual tournament at Avon Oaks Country Club. It’s just that Neumann, a recent Avon High grad, had a game to match the weather, taking first place with a 5-over-par 77. “Yes, it was hot,” Read More…

Greys send Crushers to Frontier League All-Star break with a loss, but still feeling good about second-half chances

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AVON — Two things you can’t defend in baseball — the base on balls and the home run — cost Lake Erie a chance to climb even closer to the top of the standings as the Frontier League’s first half concluded Sunday at All Pro Freight Stadium. Two walks and Balbino Fuenmayor’s three-run homer in Read More…

NHRA Summit Nationals Notes: Grafton’s Ronald Matcham finding success in first year in Super Stock … at age 54

NORWALK — In six national events this year, Grafton’s Ronald Matcham has been the top qualifier five times and won five rounds to make it to the semifinals just a few weeks ago in Bristol, Tenn. Not bad for a 54-year-old rookie. “One year,” Matcham said when asked how long he’s been racing. “I actually Read More…

Little League baseball: Cooper Docherty’s bat, arm lead Avon Majors past Elyria East in district tournament play

AVON — Cooper Docherty and his Avon teammates decided things early Saturday in Little League Majors (age 11-12) district tournament play at Veterans Memorial Park. Docherty had three hits — including a two-run home run — drove in three and scored twice as Avon won easily 9-1 over Elyria East in a rain-shortened four-inning game. Read More…

Bowman’s home run in 10th carries Crushers past Aviators, extends winning streak to four

AVON — Looking to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games and to reach the .500 mark for the first time in six weeks, the Crushers had to work a little overtime Friday night. Fortunately for them, Daniel Bowman has a flair for the dramatic … and for winning. Bowman hit the first Read More…