July 23, 2016

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Baseball: Brunswick’s Kyle Michalik throws no-hitter

BRUNSWICK — Kyle Michalik will have plenty of memories playing for Ohio State over the next four years.

Few things in the present, however, will top what the senior accomplished Monday.

Kyle Michalik

Michalik pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts, leading Brunswick’s baseball team to a clutch 4-0 win over bitter rival Medina in Northeast Ohio Conference River Division action.

“It was a great feeling,” Michalik said. “All the fans were really into the game. Just to go out there and throw how I did was a phenomenal feeling.

The fireballing right-hander walked three and two other runners reached on errors, but Michalik induced seven groundballs to make up for it. All told, 17 of the 21 outs came via strikeout or groundout.

“He was lights out,” coach Todd Winston said.

Michalik also helped his cause with two singles, an RBI and a run. Catcher Brian Lees then came to the rescue in the fifth, as he nabbed the Bees’ Patrick Beal at the plate following a passed ball.

At that moment, the Blue Devils (5-2, 1-1) held a 3-0 lead.

“That was awesome for him to run and recover on that passed ball and block the plate,” Michalik said. “That was fantastic.”

Medina (5-5, 1-1) has lost three straight.

In other games:

Highland 8, Revere 3
BATH TWP. — A five-run fourth inning and five unearned runs overall helped the Hornets (6-2, 3-1) past the Minutemen (2-7, 2-2) in this Suburban League game. Lake Erie recruit Luke Raley was 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs, while Anthony Ondrejcak and Clay Condon added two hits apiece. All-Gazette pick Jacob Pries (2-1) allowed four hits over four innings to get the victory.

Buckeye 4, Wellington 0
YORK TWP. — Kyle Friel grinded his way through a two-hitter and Tyler Sovizral provided the go-ahead runs with a two-out, two-run single as the Bucks (6-3, 2-0) clipped the Dukes (0-5, 0-2) in this Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division affair. Friel improved to 2-1 after walking four and hitting two.

Black River 2, Brookside 0 (10 inn.)
SHEFFIELD TWP. — Sean Holly (2 singles) executed a textbook suicide squeeze to bring home Nick Sas in the top of the 10th inning to lead the scrappy Pirates (3-3, 1-1) past the Cardinals in this PAC Stars Division instant classic. Defiance recruit Branden Tomes (1-0) was outstanding by scattering just five hits over nine innings before giving way to Tyler Sexton (3 singles), who picked up the save.

Nordonia 6, Wadsworth 5
WADSWORTH — The Knights scored two unearned runs in the top of the seventh to steal this key SL game from the Grizzlies (9-1, 3-1) in a matchup of two of Northeast Ohio’s surprises. Wadsworth committed seven errors, making Jeff Stover (1-1) a tough-luck loser despite 6⅓ innings of work. Kyle Karaffa, Brad Scheiman and Nate Jones each had two hits in the loss.

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