April 20, 2014

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Softball: Bees overcome sloppy play to make title game

Medina's Vanessa Scoarste celebrates is hugged by teammate Abby Knechtel after defeating Austintown-Fitch.

AKRON — The new shoes now have some scuff marks on them, but they’re none the worse for wear. By Saturday afternoon, they’ll be broken in, fully polished again and ready to shine. That’s the way the Medina softball team looked at its uncharacteristically sloppy 5-3 victory over Austintown Fitch on Thursday in University of Read More…

Baseball: Mentor beats Brunswick 6-3

CANTON — Shortstop Kyle Michalik felt one word decided the Brunswick baseball team’s Canton Division I Regional semifinal against Mentor. There was no changing it, either. Mentor shortstop Corey Plavcan broke open a scoreless game with a two-run double in the top of the sixth inning, giving the Cardinals all the momentum they needed to Read More…

Tennis: Cloverleaf’s Jacob Dunbar seeks crown

Jacob Dunbar

COLUMBUS — Jacob Dunbar has already made history as the first Medina County singles player to qualify for the state boys tennis tournament in three consecutive seasons. Additionally, the Cloverleaf junior completed his three-year prep career without a regular-season loss — and with three Suburban League and sectional titles on his resume. Dunbar also captured Read More…

Browns: Another injury for Trent Richardson

BEREA — Trent Richardson was never himself as a rookie. Starting in the preseason and continuing through the regular-season finale, he dealt with knee, rib and ankle injuries and was robbed of the explosion the Browns saw when they drafted him with the No. 3 pick. After Richardson stood on the sideline Thursday as he Read More…

Tribe: Indians pull out 7-1 victory against Reds

CLEVELAND — Teams can be guilty of pressing with two outs. The Indians produce. On the strength of one gargantuan inning Thursday night, Cleveland breezed by Cincinnati to win 7-1 and complete a two-game sweep of its intrastate rival at Progressive Field. The Indians, who have been the majors’ best in the department, scored all Read More…

Browns: Norv Turner turns up volume at practice

Cleveland receiver Greg Little reacts during practice. (AP PHOTO)

BEREA — Offensive coordinator Norv Turner was running as hot Thursday as the temperatures that approached 90 degrees. According to his players and boss, it was a normal day. Turner yelled at receivers Davone Bess and Greg Little for lining up illegally — both were on the line of scrimmage. He yelled at backup quarterback Read More…

Girls lacrosse: Bees set to defend title

NEW ALBANY — Winners of the last three Division I Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association state titles, the target on Medina’s back couldn’t be bigger. That’s quite all right with the Bees, who have taken everything in stride with calm confidence and focus that appear to be unflappable. Medina will look to defend its legacy tonight Read More…

Tribe: Terry Francona in pen’s corner

CLEVELAND — The Indians bullpen entered Thursday night owning an 8.25 ERA since May 18 and without two-time All-Star closer Chris Perez. Still, manager Terry Francona is confident the relief corps will remain a strength for his team. “You don’t want to lose any of your pitchers because they’re important,” Francona said, “but I think Read More…

Softball: Medina’s Madi Tata finds her field of dreams

Medina’s Madi Tata slides into third base under the tag of Austintown Fitch’s Nicholette Zordich in the top of the second inning. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

AKRON — Medina’s Madi Tata loves Lee Jackson Field. The junior first baseman went 4-for-4 with three runs batted in and two runs scored Thursday to lead the Bees to a 5-3 victory over Austintown Fitch in a University of Akron Division I Regional semifinal. “I love this time of year,” Tata said. “I get Read More…

Baseball commentary: Blue Devils handle loss with class

The scene is automatic at the regional or state level, regardless of sport: A handful of losing players fail to keep composure and shed a tear in realization that their hard work and dedication fell short. No one dares to chastise that. It’s natural. Following the Mentor baseball team’s 6-3 victory Thursday over Brunswick in Read More…