Northeast Ohio Huddle: Brecksville pulls off remarkable comeback


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Elyria pitcher Tess Sito dazzles the Division I district at North Ridgeville while Creston Norwayne’s track teams dominate the action at the Wayne County Athletic League Meet in repeating fashion. Walsh Jesuit took its sixth-straight baseball district title and Canton Central Catholic won its seventh in the past nine years while upsets abound in the Northeast in both baseball and softball.

Don’t call it a comeback!

Trailing 6-0. With one out. In the bottom of the seventh inning. Improbable as it may seem, Brecksville pulled out a 7-6 win over Brunswick in the Division I softball district championship at Parma.

Brecksville scored all of its runs in the last inning as they finally got to Brunswick pitcher McKenna Galloway, who had surrendered just two hits the entire game.

In the seventh frame, Brecksville tallied five hits, four walks, two passed balls and one hit batsman. Chelsie Corso had a 2-run double and Kaleigh Lambert drove in the tying runs with a single. Emily Aufmuth drove in Lambert for the game-winning score.


Tess Sito, Elyria Softball: Sito has already grabbed this honor once this year but has to get it again with her dominating 2-game performance in the Division I North Ridgeville she led her top-ranked (in the state) team to the championship.

In the 6-0 district championship win over previously-undefeated and No. 2-ranked (in the state) Amherst, Sito whirled her fourth no-hitter of the season in improving to 22-3 on the year. It was also her 19th shutout as she allowed just a walk in the first inning to fall short of a perfect game. She retired the final 19 batters of the contest.

The Cleveland State signee also had a solo home run (her fifth of the year) with a key double. Teammate Alanna Williams added an RBI double and Ashlee Stolanski had two hits, a run and a run driven in. Elyria is now 25-3 while Amherst falls to 24-1.

In the district semifinals, Sito put down Midview 4-0 by throwing a 1-hit, 15-strikeout gem.


Creston Norwayne Boys’ and Girls’ Track: The two Bobcat teams ripped through the Wayne County Athletic League Meet and earned repeat titles. The boys won their second-straight championship by beating out Northwestern 154-114.2 while the girls took their seventh-straight championship with 177 points to beat out Smithville’s 142.

Meet MVP Cody Miller dominated action for the boys with wins in the 100 (meet-record 10.67), 200 (meet record 22.53 in preliminaries), 400 (49.38) and 4-by-400 relay (joined by Josh Besancon, Keith Roth and Marc Marty).

Roth also won the 800, Marty won the 300 hurdles. Billy Starkey added a win in the high jump while the 4-by-800 team of Roth, Besancon, Jordan Bauman and T.J. Vance also won. The coach is Jim Glessner.

On the girls’ side, Hannah Hartzler won the 1,600 and 3,200 while Jessica Winkler set a new meet standard in the 800 in 2:24.16. The 4-by-100 team of Monica Click, Katelyn Moore, Morgan Gunn and Courtney Kent also set a record in 50.72 seconds. Adding wins to coach Terry O’Hare’s team were Molly Hanzie in the pole vault and Kayla Wilson in the discus.

At the Division III district meet at their own stadium, the girls also did very well on the first day. Wilson set a new personal best in the discus at 126 feet, 3 inches while Hanzie and Alexus Mackey went 1-2 in the pole vault. Bethany Grimes also took first in the high jump and fourth in the long jump while the 3,200 relay team of Winkler, Taylor Straub, Hartzler and Leah Boyens took second while Moore was second in the long jump.

Brittany Grier was also fourth in the shot put to advance to the regional meet at Fairless High School in Navarre.

The boys’ team is a Division II entrant at Orrville’s district, set to run tonight.

WCAL Meet MVP was Smithville’s Karissa Dalessandro in the 100, 100 hurdles and 300 as she added a second in the 200.


Walsh Wallops: Walsh Jesuit won its sixth-straight Division I district baseball title, topping Field 9-2 to improve to 23-3.

Greg Greve improved to 6-0 on the mound in throwing a 4-hit, 7-strikeout, 1-walk dandy in 4 2/3 innings. At the plate, Greve hit a double and had a 2-run single. Ryan Berry hit a 3-run homer as well.

Locker Locks Up Kidron:
Lake Center Christian pitcher Erick Locker helped his team improve to 22-5 with a no-hitter in its 8-0 Division IV district semifinal victory over Kidron Central Christian.

Locker struck out 13 and walked just three while throwing 114 pitches in seven innings. He also added an RBI single.

Teammate Shane Byler helped him out with a single, double and triple to go with an RBI.

Lake Center Christian advanced to the regional by beating Mapleton 8-2 in the final as Jesse Coblentz threw a complete-game for the win and Jordan Briggs had three hits.

Crusaders Cruise:
In a battle with 24-4 Jeromesville Hillsdale, Canton Central Catholic turned to ace Taylore Baker in a Division III district championship game.

Baker stepped up to the challenge.

The Crusaders (16-8-1) topped Hillsdale 6-3 to capture its fourth-straight district crown and seventh in the last nine years. They were state champs a year ago with 30 wins.

Baker allowd 10 hits, three runs (one earned) with one walk and five strikeouts while also collecting two RBI singles of his own at the plate. For the district, Baker was 5 for 6 at the plate with eight RBIs.

Upset City:
Brush, seeded 12th in Division I sectional baseball action, beat top-seeded Mayfield 7-5. All seven of Brush’s hits and all seven runs were in the third inning as Evan Allen, Matt Everson, Steve Crowl, Paul Graham, Brian Hauser and Jake and Kyle Ripma all singled in the inning.

Ashtabula Lakeside, sitting at 9-10, upset 15-8 North Royalton 1-0 in a Division I district softball semifinal. Lakeside got a pop foul sacrifice fly RBI by Taylor Lampela to score Brittany Morrison and pitcher Christina Hutchinson made it stick with nine strikeouts.

Sixth-seeded Southview edged second-seeded Westlake in the same sectional as Andrew Holland hit a key bases-loaded double.

In Division I softball sectional action, No. ranked-Elyria fell 4-3 to No. 10 Strongsville (that’s state ranked) as Sarah Bogdan had a 2-run single and a key sixth-inning single.

Umbright Continues To Be Unbelievable:
Field’s Cody Umbright continued to shine as he led his team to a 5-1 win over Tallmadge in a Division I district semifinal game. The Toledo recruit threw 124 pitches and allowed just three hits, one walk and had nine strikeouts. Field is now 21-4 and was led by Joe Adkins who hit a bases-loaded triple to ignite a 4-run inning that took the game from 1-1 to a 5-1 Field advantage.

Great Goehler:
Logan Goehler of Medina smacked two bases-loaded triples for a total of six RBIs in his team’s 9-6 win over Kent Roosevelt.

Streaking Braves:
Gnadenhutten Indian Valley’s baseball team started the year 2-2 and has since won 22 straight games, including an 11-4 win over Sandy Valley in the Division III district finals at River View this week. The Braves will now advance to the regional at Chillicothe, more than three hours away from its home in Tuscarawas County.

Nasty New Philadelphia:
The New Philadelphia baseball team beat Richmond Edison 6-1 in a 1-game Division II district final. The Quakers were 6-11 at one point in the season and have ripped off nine straight wins to reach the regional.

In the win over Edison, John Stephenson, the team’s ace on the mound along with Dean Vonderheide, went 5-plus innings for the win. Max Price and Kyle Widder both had 2-run singles.

Kent Breaks Through:
Kent Roosevelt defeated Field 11-0 in baseball action to win its first outright league title in 37 years. Jack Maynard tossed a 5-hitter to help Roosevelt earn the outright Portage Trail Conference Metro Division title.

Champion High topped Campbell Memorial in dominating fashion in a Division III district final 13-3 in five innings. Derek Sumner was outstanding in the win as he went 4-for-4 with two triples, three runs scored and four runs driven in.

Boardman’s Robert Salcedo is 21-0 at singles this year and won the Division I sectional title. Salcedo was a 3-year state qualifier as a doubles player before this season.

No. 4 over No. 1:
Columbia, ranked fourth in the state softball poll, upset No. 1 Jeromesville Hillsdale in a Division III district championship game. Emily Nagle had a 3-run double and all four runs by Columbia (24-4) were in the fifth inning.

St. Dominatius:
St. Ignatius crushed Valley Forge 13-0 in a Division I district championship baseball game as Brad Clement walloped the ball to the tune of three doubles and a single with four RBIs.

DiDomenico No-Nos:
Boardman pitcher Alex DiDomenico threw her third no-hitter of the year as her team beat Canton McKinley 3-0. DiDomenico struck out 13 in the win.


Division I track regionals: Austintown-Fitch and Amherst Steele will host the Division I Northeast Regional meets on May 27 and 29 at 4 p.m. both nights.

Canton Central Catholic vs. Garrettsville Garfield, Division III baseball regional semifinal at Massillon High, May 28, 5 p.m.:
The defending state champion Crusaders face off against Garfield, who defeated Lutheran West in its district final in Cuyahoga Falls. The G-Men needed a 1-out double by Brandon Baumgardner to drive in Kyle Bolton for the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh frame.

Steubenville Catholic vs. Strasburg, Division IV softball district final at Tuscarawas Central Catholic High, Saturday, noon:
These two teams are ranked in the top 10 in the state by the coaches and it’s a revenge game for the Tigers of Strasburg, who fell to the Crusaders in last year’s district final. Both teams return the majority of its players so it’s literally a re-match.

Division II track regionals:
Revenna, Byesville Meadowbrook and Lexington will play host to the Northeast’s top track athletes and teams on May 28 at 4 p.m. and May 30 at 11:30 a.m.

Division II baseball regional at Hudson:
Four teams converge on Hudson High for top regional honors. At 2 p.m. on May 28, Padua Franciscan and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin face off and at 5 p.m. that night, Louisville and Poland Seminary will square off.

Division III track regional:
The main track regional for the Northeast lay at Brideweiser Stadium at Fairless High in Navarre. Action starts May 27 at 4 p.m. and ends Friday, May 29 at 4 p.m. as well.

Massillon Jackson vs. Boardman, Division I regional softball semifinal at The University of Akron, 5 p.m. on May 27:
These Federal League foes will match up one more time in the regional, which also features a second game between Hudson and Willoughby South at 5 p.m. the next night.

Lake Center Christian vs. Gilmour Academy, Division IV regional baseball semifinal at Lorain, 5 p.m., May 28:
Both teams have made names for themselves in the state and this should be a dandy matchup.

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