From baseball to softball to perfect games and no-hitters, the Northeast was full of action last week. The Indians will lend Progressive Field to several of the region’s top hardball teams and there are a few coaching changes on the gridiron for next season. On the track, the Northeast will be scorched this weekend as several events will feature top sprinters, throwers, jumpers and distance runners.
The Cleveland Indians will hold its sixth annual Cleveland Indians Charities High School Hardball Classic with 12 Northeast Ohio teams participating May 1-2 at Progressive Field.
May 1 will feature Brecksville-Broadview Heights playing Berea at 3 p.m. with St. Ignatius taking on Solon at 5:30 and Gilmour against University School at 8.
On May 2, Vermilion faces Olmsted Falls at 10 a.m. with Rocky River and Avon Lake facing off at 12:30 p.m. and Shaker Heights against Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin at 3.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Corey Lisowski, Dover Baseball: Lisowski, a catcher for the 9-0 Tornadoes, went 7-for-8 (all singles) at the plate in his team’s sweep of Division I Massillon last weekend. Lisowski went 5-for-5 in the opener with four RBIs. Dover outscored Massillon 25-8 in the two games.
Lisowski was a senior standout quarterback for the Tornadoes who threw for more than 3,000 yards the past two seasons as well as the starting point guard for the basketball team, averaging better than 10 points per game the past two years.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Strasburg Softball: The Tigers have been one of Division IV’s top teams since softball was first initiated as an OHSAA-sanctioned sport. Head coach Bud Weisgarber has the team at 8-0 so far this season and the Tigers only dominated action thoroughly this past week.
Sophomore pitcher Kasey Gerber tossed a perfect game in an 8-0 win over Berlin Hiland. Gerber fanned 16 and allowed just one hit to reach the outfield. Teammate Abby Froman doubled and singled.
Gerber also fanned nine in a 4-3 win over John Glenn as her teammate, Carly Clark, smashed her fourth home run of the season with two singles added in. In a 9-3 win over Fairless, Clark joined Froman (the winning pitcher) and Natalie Gause in collecting two hits each.
Finally, on Thursday night, the Tigers no-hit Malvern 11-0 as Gerber and Clark combined to strike out 14 with just two walks. Clark smashed two solo home runs to lead off innings.
In the first coaches’ poll of the season, Strasburg found itself ranked second in the state in Division IV with 54 votes and three first-place nods. Convoy Crestview is first with 69 and 4, respectively.
NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS
Black In At Brecksville: 27-year old Jason Black was recently named the new head football coach at Brecksville-Broadview Heights, a Division I Playoff participant this past season and in 2006.
Black replaces Jamie Hitmar, who went 46-36 in eight years. The Bees were 7-4 this year.
Myers Mastering Victories: Canton Central Catholic senior pitcher Alex Myers recently set the school record for consecutive pitching victories in his team’s 13-0 shutout of Canton Timken. Myers has won 17 games in a row which breaks the record of 16 previously held by Sam Bourquin who was a pitcher for the Crusaders from 1986-1988.
Meredith No-No: Hudson needed every bit of Mindy Meredith’s no-hitter as they beat Twinsburg 1-0. Meredith struck out 17 batters as Lindsey Bartos drove in the only run of the game in the first inning with a single to score Georgia Stokes.
Just Short: Avon freshman pitcher Brittany Fowler went until she needed just one out to record a perfect game but issued a walk with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 2-0 win over Fairview. Fowler did end up with a no-hitter and pitched to just the one batter over the minimum. She struck out 11 batters.
Menacing McNeil: Akron Hoban’s Lauren McNeil took every out seriously in her team’s 8-0 win over Wadsworth. Of the 21 outs recorded by she and her teammates, 19 of them came via strikeout. She only allowed one hit and at the plate, McNeil added two RBIs.
Amherst Rolling: Amherst recently improved to 7-0 with a 10-1 win over Avon Lake as pitcher Jennifer Sutton struck out 13 and had three RBIs at the plate.
1-Run, 1-Hit: Adam Szilagyi of Canal Fulton Northwest not only threw a no-hitter to lead his team to a 1-0 victory over Louisvlle, he also had the only hit in the entire game and drove in the only run of the game.
Szilagyi was challenged by Louisville pitcher Hunter Potts, who struck out seven and walked three in six innings of work.
TV Lovin’ Love: Tuscarawas Valley in Zoarville recently named defensive coordinator Curtis Love as its new head football coach. The Trojans, who made it to consecutive Division IV Playoff appearances just two years ago, were coached to a 2-8 record this past season by long-time coach Dale Martini.
Tough Two Days: While it wasn’t so tough on 4-0 Mathews, it was certainly tough on Thompson Ledgemont in baseball action. Mathews run-ruled Ledgemont 18-0 in a game on Saturday and then shut out Ledgemont 3-0 two days later.
In the 3-0 shutout, pitcher Rick Sommers tossed his second shutout of the season, striking out 10 while allowing just two hits and one walk.
Chris Morgan struck out 12 batters and tossed a no-hitter in the 18-0 run-rule victory. Morgan missed a perfect game when he walked a batter with one out in the top of the fifth inning.
Greg Wise had four RBIs, Sommers added three and Morgan hit in two RBIs.
Nick Gealy, Wise and Morgan each hit home runs for Mathews.
Combo No-No: Jacob Jaros threw the first four innings and Mike Morris wrapped up the final two as LaBrae no-hit Brookfield 7-0. Jaros struck out eight in getting the win.
Power Surge: Dover senior Emily Mills has hit four home runs this season, cracking her fourth of the year in the Tornadoes’ second win of the day last Saturday in a sweep of Canton South.
Bowling Over the Competition: In a 3-0, 3-hit shutout of Minerva, Sandy Valley’s Alyse Bowling struck out 18 and walked none to get the win. In the second game of a triangular, Bowling and the Cardinals topped Tuscarawas Valley 7-3 as Bowling had five more strikeouts with no walks while issuing eight scattered hits.
‘V’ For Vince: Malvern senior pitcher Vince Larson has allowed just one earned run in 24 innings this year in compiling and early 4-0 record.
George Duhon Tiger Town Softball Inviational, Massillon’s Genshaft Park, April 17-18 and April 24-25: A grand mix of some of the top softball teams in the Northeast will compete in Massillon in this 2-weekend event. On April 17 and 24, there will be one game at 4 p.m. On April 18 and 25, there will be games at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The field includes Massillon Jackson and Perry, North Canton Hoover and Lake Catholic, Louisville, Strasburg, Sandy Valley, Streetsboro and Carrollton.
Friday Track Invitationals: The Kenston Co-Ed Relays take place at 4 p.m. while the Midview-Lorain County Invitational at Adelsberg Stadium at Midview High takes place at 4:45 p.m. with schools such as Elyria, Admiral King, Midview, Avon, Elyria Catholic, Southview, Keystone, North Ridgeville and Firelands. Avon’s boys won the title last year while the Elyria girls won the title.
The Willoughby South Invitational starts at 3 p.m. with the Mentor girls winning last year with 139 points and Kenston’s girls taking second with 126. Amherst Steele’s boys won with 126 and South’s boys were second at 117.5.
Luke Izer Baseball Invitational, Sandy Valley High School, 10 a.m.: Minerva and Massillon join host Sandy Valley in a mix of Division I, II and III teams in Magnolia.
Saturday Track Invitationals: The Orrville Invitational features some of the top teams from Wayne County in Wooster, Dalton, Waynedale and Chippewa at 11 a.m. while the Northwestern Husky Inviatational in West Salem features teams such as Ashland, Mapleton and Lodi Cloverleaf at 1 p.m.
The Perry Relays in Lake County breaks its boys and girls into small and big school divisions that start at 9 a.m. Last year’s champion in the Boys’ A Division was North Olmsted with 110 points over Painesville Riverside’s 105. The B Division champion was Western Reserve with 101 while Cuyahoga Heights was second with 68. In the girls’ big school A Division, Hudson beat out Perry 79-71 while Western Reserve bested Kirtland 104-82.
The St. Peter Chanel Moose Relays starts at 9 a.m. while the Walsh Jesuit Warrior Relays runs at 10 a.m. with boys only. Wadsworth won last year’s title with 132 points.
The Dover Tornado Relays combines small-school teams like Smithville and East Canton with big-school teams like Massillon Jackson, Canton GlenOak and Copley.
The East Palestine Bulldog Invitational starts at 10 a.m. and had winners Salem on the girls and Garfield Heights Trinity on the boys’ side with United the boys’ runner-up and East Palestine as the girls’ runner-up.
The St. Thomas Aquinas Big Ox Inviational runs at 10 a.m. Saturday while Frank Rossi Valkyrie Invitational at Ravenna begins at 9:30 a.m. The LaBrae Invitational is at 9:30 as well.
The Mahoning County Invitational starts at 9 a.m. and features Youngstown-area schools like Boardman, Austintown-Fitch, Poland Seminary, Struthers, Cardinal Mooney and Chaney while the Miele Invitational at Gilmour Academy includes last year’s big-school boys champion in St. Ignatius, the small-school champion in University School and the big-school girls’ champ in Euclid and the small-school title holder Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
Ranked Softball Teams: Try to take in any of a number of games featuring Northeast Ohio’s state-ranked teams after the first week of coaches’ voting.
Elyria ranks first in the state in Division I while Brunswick is fifth and Amherst Steele seventh. In Division II, LaGrange Keystone is first, followed by Akron Hoban and Walsh Jesuit in second and third, respectively. Tallmadge is fifth and Poland Seminary ninth.
In Division III, Hillsdale of Jeromesville is ranked first with Youngstown Ursuline eighth. In Division IV, Strasburg is second with Steubenville Catholic Central in sixth and Warren JFK 10th.