April 20, 2014

Medina
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Bees win heavyweight bout

Medina's Caitlin Rhodes (17) gets congratulations from Vanessa Scoarste after scoring on an error against Brunswick during the fifth inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Brad Bournival The Gazette BRUNSWICK — When it comes to Medina’s softball team and playing in the rough-and-tumble Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division, Bees coach Jessica Toocheck is always pleading the fifth with her squad. The way the former high school and college standout sees it, if Medina can put up a big fifth inning, Read More…

Buckeye’s swagger is back

Buckeye second baseman Cory Inman is late on the tag as Fairview's Jason Sassano steals second base in the third inning. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

Brad Bournival The Gazette YORK TWP. — The spirit is back at James H. Tighe Baseball Field and with it is some of the swagger. Nine games into its season, Buckeye has given every indication it’s not ready to surrender the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title. That was on display Thursday, when Buckeye gutted Read More…

Saville is the real deal

  Brad Bournival The Gazette Standing 5-foot-11, Courtney Saville is hard not to notice. Put a softball in the Brunswick junior’s hand and the attention she demands is almost palpable. While the right-handed pitcher’s success comes in part from her incredible athleticism, her determination is just as responsible for her early achievements with the Blue Read More…

Baseball: Hornets can’t get going at Progressive Field

Highland shortstop Clay Sposit throws to first base during the third inning of the Hornets game against Elyria Catholic at Progressive Field. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

CLEVELAND — The corner of Carnegie and Ontario has been a field of dreams for Highland’s baseball team over the years. On Sunday, Progressive Field turned into a place the Hornets would just as soon forget. While the memories of playing in the Cleveland Indians home park will last, the fact Highland lost for the Read More…

Softball: Bees start slow, can’t recover

AKRON — The first loss of the season for Medina’s softball team came with an asterisk, but it was a loss nonetheless. Playing in a timed game at the Ohio Invitational on Saturday — teams played 80-minute contests — the Bees lost 3-1 to Westerville Central in five innings. While Medina (7-1) managed just two Read More…

Softball: Saville sparkles for Blue Devils

AKRON — The season is very young for Brunswick’s softball team, but there’s a noticeable swagger that’s been missing the last few seasons. That saunter showed Saturday after the Blue Devils beat Waterloo 10-1 at the Ohio Invitational. Brunswick (3-0) had it all against the Vikings (1-3), as timely hitting, good defense, smart baserunning and Read More…

Grizzlies learn their lesson

Wadsworth's Julia Horton knocks in a run with a hit in the fourth inning against Tallmadge. (Photo by Aaron Josefczyk)

Brad Bournival The Gazette WADSWORTH — In what is likely going to be another crazy Suburban League softball race, Wadsworth learned a few things Thursday. The Grizzlies found out they can be every bit as good as they were last year, when they finished second in the league. They also discovered so can reigning champion Read More…

Softball: Rough road trip gives Colts extra incentive

Highland’s Morgan Belsole tags out Cloverleaf’s Sara Meckley attempting to stretch a single into a double in the fifth inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — It turns out going down to the land of “The Mouse” and getting your tails kicked pays dividends. After a rough trip to Orlando, Fla., Cloverleaf’s softball team registered an 11-3 Suburban League road win over Highland on Tuesday. Coming off a 1-4 showing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Read More…

High school softball: Hornets squeeze out win

Highland’s Amanda Schniegenberg celebrates after scoring on a squeeze play to beat Green in the seventh inning. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — Every time the Green softball team tried to put the squeeze on Highland, the Hornets were able to wiggle free. Ironically, a gutsy call by Highland coach Nick Spirtos gave the Hornets a 6-5 Suburban League victory on a Wednesday where his squad learned how to survive and win. After giving up Read More…

Forever linked, Black River to name field after Dorothy Chapman

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SULLIVAN TWP. — The naming of Black River’s softball field is a tale of Cooperstown and cookie dough. The ball diamond, which will officially be named “Dorothy Chapman Field” on May 5 before a game with Firelands, has quite a story behind it. Sherry Scheck, whose daughter Bailey plays on the varsity softball team, posted Read More…