Baseball: Pirates blast Brooklyn to advance in DII|
Rocky River advanced to Wednesday\'s Division II baseball sectional finals with a convincing 15-5 win over Brooklyn in five innings.
Matt Forlini went four-for-four and Matt Lowry blasted his second home run of the season as the Pirates banged out 16 hits. Rocky River will play Holy Name in the next round.
Also in Division II Bay defeated Firelands 9-1 and will face Buckeye in the sectional finals. Fairview eliminated Cleveland Central Catholic 7-1 and will take on Benedictine.
In Division I, Westlake mauled John Marshall 24-0; Avon Lake edged Olmsted Falls 6-5; Elyria...
Eagles rally in ninth to claim share of WSC crown|
With an 8-2 lead after six innings, the Avon Eagles seemed to be cruising toward another win and a share of the West Shore Conference baseball championship.
The Bay Rockets, with their own shot at the conference crown, had other ideas.
The visitors sent 13 players to the plate in the top of the seventh inning and put eight runs up on the board to take a 10-8 lead. But Avon answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame, then got a game-winning hit from Kevin Maloney...
Rangers edge Eagles to remain in WSC contention|
The big inning.
It had eluded the Lakewood Rangers baseball team for most of the 2014 season. But on Wednesday, a 4-run outburst in the fourth inning made all the difference as Lakewood edged visiting Avon, 6-5, in a key West Shore Conference game.
The Rangers moved to 7-8 overall and stayed in the thick of the conference race at 5-3. Avon, which had entered the week alone in first place, dropped its second-straight WSC game and fell to 5-2, 8-5 overall.
The Eagles broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the fourth when first baseman Kevin Maloney blasted a monstrous solo home run over the tall right center field wall. But the Rangers responded...
Avon's Eagles rally for win against North Olmsted|
Through five innings, North Olmsted and host Avon were locked in a 2-2 tie on a sunny, yet brisk Saturday afternoon at Eagle Field.
After a flurry of runs in the final two frames, there was no telling which band of Eagles would come out on top. But when the final out was made, it was Avon coming away with the narrow 6-5 win in non-conference action.
North Olmsted, now 7-4, had taken a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single from Tommy Sullivan and an infield grounder off the bat of Matt Mckenzie. Avon, however, bounced right back for a four-run rally in the bottom of the inning.
The big inning started when Andrew Lee worked the count full and drew a leadoff walk against North Olmsted reliever Scott Cooney. Shaun Traine followed...
Rockets rally to score a pair of walk-off WSC wins|
It was a big week for the Bay baseball team.
The Rockets are off to a good start in the 2014 season. They upped their record to 6-3 Thursday afternoon with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over visiting North Ridgeville. The home team scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out the West Shore Conference win.
Senior Kevin Keefe provided the game-winning hit in the bottom of the sixth inning with his two-run single. Sophomore Kyle Thompson also had a double for Bay, which moved to 3-2 in the WSC. Junior pitcher Chris Francati...
Pitching, clutch hitting push Eagles past Demons|
If baseball is a game of opportunities, the Avon Eagles made the most of theirs Saturday afternoon against Westlake.
As for the Demons, those opportunities continued to be few and far between. Avon put a pair of two-run innings on the board and got solid pitching from freshman Logan Doenges to defeat Westlake, 4-1, at sun-drenched All Pro Freight Stadium...
Titans get the big inning, hold on to down Demons|
Just two games into the season, Berea-Midpark head coach Chuck Salata was still waiting for his Titans to come up with a big inning at the plate.
While they didn\'t exactly break out the heavy lumber, Thursday\'s second-inning output at Westlake was a step in the right direction.
On a warm, windy afternoon, Berea-Midpark scratched out a four-run second inning and made the most of it. The Titans went on to build a 6-0 lead, then held off the host Demons in the final frames for a 6-4 Southwestern Conference win.
\"We\'ve been waiting for that big inning,\" said Salata, whose team moved to 2-1 on the season.
\"We had a couple more chances...
Foran pitches Lakewood past Padua in '14 opener|
With a tough winter fading away in the rear view mirror, the Lakewood Rangers hosted Padua to open the 2014 baseball season.
And on this warm and windy Tuesday afternoon, Ranger pitcher Jameson Foran took the mound and did his part in getting the home team off to an impressive start.
The senior righty blanked the visiting Bruins through five innings, while the middle of the Lakewood batting order provided the clutch hits. The end result was a 4-1 Ranger victory under a sun-drenched Lakewood sky.
Foran was solid in his opening start, going six innings and allowing just one run...