WARRIORS WIN A DEFENSIVE BATTLE OVER MUSTANGS

Story Coverage By Larry Jennings

Orwell, OH- In a showdown that Mother Nature tried to dampen, the Edgewood Warriors and the Grand Valley Mustangs had to change fields from Edgewood’s home field to Grand Valley’s. Originally slated for a doubleheader, the unpredictable weather forced a venue change, but it did little to deter the Warriors’ spirits.

Sophomore sensation Geno Measel emerged as the hero of the day, commanding the mound with finesse and determination. Despite the slick conditions, Measel delivered a masterful complete game performance, stifling the Mustangs’ offense with a blend of precision and power. With 120 pitches under his belt, the right-hander struck out 8 batters and surrendered a mere 5 hits, ensuring a hard-fought victory for the Warriors.

However, the game wasn’t without its nail-biting moments. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Mustangs threatened with runners in scoring position, but Measel showcased his composure, striking out crucial batters and extinguishing the potential rally with remarkable poise.

Grand Valley managed to break the silence in the fifth inning, capitalizing on a defensive miscue to notch a run. But the Warriors answered back fiercely in the sixth, as Aidan Hernandez and Logan Kray ignited a rally with back-to-back doubles, propelling their team to a decisive lead. Measel once again rose to the occasion in the bottom frame, snuffing out the Mustangs’ hopes with a timely strikeout.

The Warriors solidified their triumph in the seventh, adding an insurance run courtesy of Drew Hlavtur and Hernandez, who continued to shine with their offensive prowess. Despite the Mustangs’ valiant efforts, highlighted by Aidan Baker’s impressive performance at the plate, they couldn’t overcome the relentless resolve of the Warriors.

As the dust settled on the field, the Warriors celebrated a hard-earned victory, setting their sights on upcoming divisional clashes. With momentum on their side, they eagerly anticipate their next challenge against the Geneva Eagles, ready to showcase their dominance once again. Meanwhile, the Mustangs look to regroup and rebound as they gear up to face the Wickliffe Blue Devils in their quest for redemption.

HERALDS SKIP PAST FAIRPORT

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Fairport Harbor, OH- Ezra Campbell showcased his offensive prowess, driving in four runs on three hits to propel the St. John Heralds to a commanding 19-3 victory over the Fairport Skippers on Wednesday.

Campbell’s bat was on fire throughout the game, as he delivered timely hits to fuel the Heralds’ offense. In the second inning, Campbell’s single drove in one run, and in the fourth inning, he came through again with another single, plating two more runs.

The Heralds surged ahead with a dominant performance in the second inning, where they erupted for 10 runs to seize control of the game. Contributions came from various players, including Anthony Severino, Will Anderson, and Campbell, who all played a part in driving in runs during the explosive inning.

Fairport Harding managed to get on the scoreboard early in the first inning when DJ Dambolena singled, bringing in one run. However, the Heralds quickly asserted their dominance, extending their lead in the third inning with the help of a passed ball and a single by Kyle Hejduk.

Hejduk also showcased his skills on the mound, starting the game for the Heralds and delivering a solid performance, striking out six batters over three innings. Nathan Wright took the mound for Fairport Harding but struggled against the relentless onslaught of the Heralds’ offense.

Anderson provided stellar relief pitching for the Heralds, shutting down Fairport Harding’s offense with two innings of zero-run ball, striking out four batters in the process.

Offensively, the Heralds amassed 13 hits, with Campbell and Anderson leading the charge with three hits each. Severino, Ryan Williams, and Hejduk also contributed multiple hits to the Heralds’ offensive barrage.

The Heralds’ disciplined approach at the plate was evident, as they drew 11 walks throughout the game. Aaron Wychock, Anderson, John Miller, and AJ Henslee displayed patience, each drawing two walks.

On the basepaths, the Heralds wreaked havoc, stealing a total of 10 bases, with Wychock, Campbell, Williams, and Anderson each swiping multiple bags.

Defensively, the Heralds were flawless, committing no errors in the field, with Severino making the most plays with 13 chances.

Fairport Harding’s Elijah Harless led his team with two hits, while Wright, Dambolena, and Harless each drove in a run for the Skippers. Fairport Harding displayed discipline at the plate, tallying eight walks.

The St. John Heralds look to carry their momentum into their next game as they face Chalker at home on Thursday, aiming to continue their winning streak.

DRAGONS BLAZING BATS LEAD TO WIN OVER FALCONS

While powering through a cold and windy Wednesday evening, the Lakeside Dragons cruised to a resounding 13-3 victory over the Jefferson Falcons on Wednesday.

The Falcons struck first in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on Luke Lambert’s double and Tate Hudson’s single to take an early lead. Lambert’s heads-up baserunning allowed him to tag up and score, igniting Jefferson’s offense.

However, the Dragons wasted no time responding, unleashing an offensive onslaught in the bottom of the first inning. With six runs plated on just two hits, Lakeside swiftly turned the tide, seizing a commanding 6-3 lead. Caleb Stitt delivered a pivotal single that drove in two crucial runs, setting the tone for Lakeside’s dominance.

Lakeside extended their lead in the bottom of the second inning, with Gage Tome’s groundout pushing the advantage to 7-3.

Matt Wagner showcased his prowess on the mound for the Dragons, earning the win with a stellar performance. The right-hander stifled the Falcons’ offense, allowing just four hits and three runs over five solid innings while notching five strikeouts.

Despite Jefferson’s efforts, they struggled to contain Lakeside’s potent lineup. Anthony Wooten, Stitt, and Alex DiSalvatore each drove in two runs for the Dragons, while Stitt demonstrated exceptional plate discipline with three walks.

Lakeside’s disciplined approach at the plate paid dividends, as they amassed an impressive total of 12 walks throughout the game. Dyln Newsome and Wagner led the charge on the basepaths, each swiping multiple bags to keep the pressure on the Falcons.

In the field, the Dragons were flawless, displaying impeccable defensive execution and committing zero errors. Newsome anchored the defense with five chances, showcasing Lakeside’s commitment to excellence on both sides of the ball.

For Jefferson, Giovanni Matticola, Hudson, Lambert, and Toby Dickinson each contributed with a hit, while Hudson, Michael McGraw, and Lambert drove in one run apiece.

With this commanding victory under their belts, the Lakeside Dragons are primed and ready for their upcoming matchup against South, aiming to carry their momentum forward and continue their winning ways. The Falcons will look to regroup as they play the Grand Valley Mustangs on Friday.

FALCONS AND DRAGONS TAKE IT DOWN TO THE WIRE

Jefferson, OH- In a cold and rainy showdown that went down to the wire, the Jefferson Falcons secured a dramatic 8-7 victory over the Lakeside Dragons on Tuesday, sealing the win in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Dragons struck first in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on two well-placed singles to grab an early lead. Wagner’s hit paved the way for Lakeside to put a run on the board.

However, the Falcons wasted no time responding, showcasing their resilience in the bottom of the first inning. Michael Riffle’s impressive triple and a wild pitch allowed Jefferson to tie the game, setting the stage for a back-and-forth battle.

Jefferson surged ahead in the bottom of the second inning, with Braden Dietrich’s clutch double driving in a crucial run to give the Falcons a narrow 3-2 advantage.

Despite Lakeside’s resilient efforts, Jefferson continued to apply pressure, maintaining their lead until the top of the fourth inning. Lakeside rallied, reclaiming the lead with a trio of runs scored after a walk, a single by Stitt, and a run scored on a tag-up play by Crayton.

With the game on the line in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Falcons summoned their fighting spirit, staging a remarkable comeback. Giovanni Matticola’s clutch single drove in the winning run, sending the home crowd into a frenzy and securing the Falcons’ hard-fought victory.

Braden Dietrich emerged as the hero for Jefferson, earning the win on the mound with a stellar relief performance. His two innings of work stifled Lakeside’s offense, allowing just one earned run while striking out two batters.

Although Lakeside battled fiercely, it was Jefferson’s relentless determination and timely hitting that ultimately sealed the victory. Logan Saksa and Giovanni Matticola led the charge at the plate, each collecting two hits and driving in crucial runs for the Falcons.

Looking ahead, the Falcons are poised to carry this momentum into their next matchup against Lakeside on Wednesday, eager to build upon their success and continue their pursuit of victory.

For Lakeside, Caleb Stitt, Matt Wagner, and Chase Newsome showcased their offensive prowess, each collecting two hits in the contest. Despite the outcome, Lakeside demonstrated their defensive prowess, committing no errors and showcasing solid fielding throughout the game.

HERALDS SHARP IN BIG WIN OVER BOMBERS

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Ashtabula, OH- In an impressive display of offensive firepower, the St. John Heralds triumphed over the Windham Bombers with a resounding 13-1 victory on Monday, highlighted by a commanding seven-run surge in the third inning.

The Heralds wasted no time asserting their dominance, scoring five runs in the opening frame. Ezra Campbell’s sacrifice fly and hits from Aaron Wychock, Brady Cole, and AJ Henslee paved the way for an early lead.

Maintaining their offensive momentum, St. John extended their advantage in the second inning, with Campbell’s single driving in another run to make it 6-0.

The third inning showcased the Heralds’ offensive prowess as they exploded for seven runs. Cole, Anderson, Campbell, Williams, and Hejduk all contributed RBIs, capitalizing on hits and defensive miscues by the Bombers.

On the mound, Wychock delivered a stellar performance, pitching five solid innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out eight batters and issuing no walks.

The Bombers struggled to contain the Heralds’ relentless offense, with their pitcher, King, enduring a challenging outing, conceding 13 hits and 13 runs (three earned) over three innings.

St. John’s offense was firing on all cylinders, amassing 13 hits in the game. Campbell led the charge with three RBIs, while several players, including Wychock, Henslee, Williams, Hejduk, and Anderson, contributed with two hits each. The Heralds also showcased their speed on the basepaths, collecting five stolen bases.

Defensively, St. John’s was flawless, committing no errors throughout the game. Anthony Severino stood out defensively, making several key plays in the field.

Despite the loss, Jacob Cody and Jack Eye provided some offensive spark for the Bombers, with Cody driving in a run and Eye collecting two hits.

With this convincing win under their belts, the St. John Heralds look ahead to their next challenge as they hit the road to face Lordstown on Tuesday.

MUSTANGS WIN CLOSE BATTLE WITH HUSKIES

Orwell, OH- In a tightly contested matchup on Monday, the Grand Valley Mustangs managed to edge out the Cardinal Huskies with a final score of 2-1. The game showcased impressive pitching performances from both teams.

The action heated up in the top of the fourth inning when Cardinal Huskies’ Logan Strever smashed a double, putting his team on the scoreboard and giving them an early lead.

However, the Grand Valley Mustangs quickly turned the tide in the bottom of the fourth, capitalizing on two errors from the Cardinal defense to take a 2-1 lead.

Pitcher Eric Ellsworth played a crucial role in securing the win for the Mustangs, going the distance with an outstanding 21 outs recorded. Ellsworth allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings, striking out eight batters and issuing no walks.

Despite Cardinal’s efforts, their pitcher Jackson Puruczky ended up on the losing side, surrendering two unearned runs on one hit over six innings. Puruczky showcased his talent on the mound, striking out six batters while only allowing one hit.

At the plate, Aidan Baker led the offensive charge for the Grand Valley Mustangs, collecting one hit in three at-bats. Meanwhile, Strever stood out for the Cardinal Huskies, going 2-for-3 with a crucial RBI.

Troy Domen’s speed on the bases was a factor for the Mustangs, as he managed to swipe two bases during the game.

With this hard-fought victory secured, the Grand Valley Mustangs look ahead to their next challenge as they prepare to face off against Cardinal once again, this time on the road, in Tuesday’s matchup.

WARRIORS OUTLAST RED RAIDERS IN WALK-OFF WIN

Story by Larry Jennings

East Ashtabula, OH- In game 1 of a double header at Edgewood High School, the Edgewood Warriors and the Harvey Red Raiders engaged in a baseball battle for the ages, culminating in a heart-stopping walkoff victory for the Warriors. The game, played on a sunny, but chilly, Saturday afternoon, kept fans on the edge of their seats until the very last moment.

This game was part of a 3 team double header, celebrating the 2024 Ray Webker Classic.
The scoreboard lit up with a flurry of runs as both teams showcased their offensive prowess. With the final score standing at 14-13, it was evident that this was no ordinary game of baseball.
The Warriors seized an early lead in the bottom of the third inning, sparked by Logan Kray’s clutch double that drove in a run. Alex Spurduto then electrified the crowd with a towering home run to left field, bringing in three more runs and setting the tone for the Edgewood squad.
However, the Red Raiders refused to back down, mounting a fierce comeback in the top of the fifth inning. With a barrage of hits, including a pivotal error that drove in two runs, Harvey surged ahead to take a 7-4 lead, stunning the home crowd.
The back-and-forth battle continued into the seventh inning, with the Red Raiders extending their lead to 13-6, seemingly on the cusp of victory. But the Warriors had other plans.
In a dramatic turn of events, Edgewood rallied with unwavering determination in the bottom of the seventh. With the game tied at 13 and tensions running high, an error by the Red Raiders allowed the winning run to cross the plate, sealing a remarkable walkoff triumph for the Warriors.
Logan Cray emerged as a hero for Edgewood, delivering a clutch single on a full count that drove in three crucial runs, igniting a jubilant celebration among players and fans alike.
Pitcher Caleb Johnson earned the win for the Warriors, pitching with precision and composure in the final moments of the game. Despite the high-scoring affair, Johnson and the Edgewood defense held firm when it mattered most, securing the thrilling victory.
Offensively, Alex Spurduto led the charge for Edgewood, driving in three runs and going 3 for 5 at the plate. Aiden Hernandez, Logan Kray, and Zane Naylor also contributed multiple hits, showcasing the depth of talent in the Warriors lineup.
On the other side, Trent Hull led the offensive charge for the Harvey Red Raiders, tallying three runs batted in and showcasing his hitting prowess. Aiden Engelhart, Christian Cowlin, Brandon Bildstein, and Rodrigo Flores also made notable contributions at the plate for the visiting team.
Despite the disappointment of the loss, the Harvey Red Raiders demonstrated resilience and skill throughout the game, keeping pace with the Warriors in a thrilling display of baseball prowess.
As the dust settled on a memorable contest, both teams could hold their heads high after delivering a performance that will be remembered for years to come. The Edgewood Warriors emerged victorious on this occasion, but the spirit of competition and sportsmanship prevailed on the diamond.  The second game of the day for Edgewood was against the Pymatuning Valley Lakers, while Painesville travelled to Conneaut to take on the Spartans.

LAKERS RIDE THE WAVE PAST WARRIORS

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Story by Larry Jennings

East Ashtabula, OH- In game 2 of a double header at Edgewood High School, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers clashed with the Edgewood Varsity Warriors in a baseball showdown that kept fans on the edge of their seats. Despite a hard-fought battle, the Warriors ultimately fell short, facing an 8-6 defeat on their home turf on Saturday.

The game showcased standout performances from both teams, with Alex Spurduto leading the charge for the Warriors with an impressive three-hit display. Spurduto’s versatility at the plate was evident, highlighted by his solo home run in the fifth inning, a double in the third, and a single in the first.

Despite Spurduto’s efforts, the Lakers and Warriors engaged in a fierce back-and-forth struggle, with the lead shifting hands multiple times. Pymatuning Valley capitalized on a crucial error in the seventh inning, seizing the momentum and securing a decisive advantage over the Warriors.

The Lakers struck early, scoring a run in the opening inning on a balk to grab an initial lead. However, the Warriors quickly responded in the bottom of the first, as Riley Baldwin’s timely single drove in two runs, giving Edgewood an early advantage.

The game’s momentum swung back and forth, with Pymatuning Valley regaining the lead in the third inning on a double by Haynes and a sacrifice fly by Smith. Yet again, the Warriors rallied, with Sean Lincoln’s pivotal single driving in two runs to put Edgewood ahead.

In a contest marked by momentum shifts, both teams showcased resilience. Spurduto’s fifth-inning home run extended the Warriors’ lead, but Pymatuning Valley fought back with a run in the sixth. Zane Naylor’s sixth-inning solo homer provided hope for the Warriors, but the Lakers’ late surge secured the win.

Drake Haines and Landon Paul led the Lakers with two hits each, with Haines contributing three RBIs. Ty Vickery scored three runs for the Lakers, while Seth Bryan earned the win on the mound with five strikeouts in 6-1/3 innings.

Despite the loss, the Warriors displayed determination, with pitcher Logan Kray battling on the mound and Baldwin and Lincoln delivering crucial hits. As they prepare to face Conneaut in their next matchup, the Warriors remain focused on bouncing back and continuing to compete at a high level.

Meanwhile, the Lakers look ahead to their upcoming clash with the Lakeside Dragons on Monday, aiming to maintain their momentum and secure another victory on the road.

HENSLEE IS THE HERALDS HERO IN WIN OVER EAGLES

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Ashtabula, OH- It was a back and forth nail-biter on Saturday as the St. John Heralds secured a thrilling 10-9 victory over the Geneva Eagles in a dramatic walk-off finish. Down 9-8 in the bottom of the seventh inning, AJ Henslee’s clutch single drove in two runs, sealing the win for the Heralds.

Despite facing an early four-run deficit in the second inning, the Geneva Eagles fought back fiercely, closing the gap with a flurry of singles and a sacrifice fly.

An early error allowed the Geneva Eagles to take the lead in the top of the first inning, but the Heralds responded swiftly, scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning courtesy of hits from Ryan Williams, Kyle Hejduk, and Brady Cole.

The Heralds extended their lead in the second inning after an error by the Eagles, but Geneva rallied back to regain the lead in the fourth inning with timely hits from Hewitt Wilt and Andrew Oros.

In a back-and-forth affair, the Heralds retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, only for Geneva to tie the game again in the sixth inning with a key single from Curtis Maier.

With the score tied at eight in the seventh inning, Oros’s single briefly gave the Eagles the lead, but the Heralds rallied one final time, culminating in Henslee’s game-winning hit.

On the mound, Will Anderson started for the Heralds, while Shea Arkenburg took the mound for the Eagles. Both teams displayed resilience throughout the game, with standout performances from various players on both sides.

The Heralds’ offense was led by Henslee, who drove in two crucial runs, and Anthony Severino, Kyle Hejduk, Will Anderson, and Bryce Venetti, each contributing two hits.

For the Eagles, Maier and Oros stood out with two hits apiece, with each driving in two runs.

With the thrilling win secured, the St. John Heralds look ahead to their next matchup against Windham on Monday, aiming to carry the momentum forward.

PIRATES SINK THE SPARTANS

Conneaut, OH- The Conneaut Spartans offense struggled against an incredibly talented Perry Pirates, ultimately falling 23-1 on Thursday at CLYO.

Perry Pirates wasted no time asserting their dominance, storming ahead in the top of the first inning with a barrage of runs. Sam Tharp’s groundout kicked off the scoring, followed by a series of hits and walks that drove in multiple runs, including RBI singles by Cade Henderson and Connor D’Astolfo.

The Pirates continued to pile on the runs, extending their lead in the second and third innings with timely hits and aggressive baserunning. By the fourth inning, they had amassed an impressive seven runs on three hits, further widening the gap.

Despite their efforts, the Spartans struggled to contain the Pirates’ potent offense, with Ty Covill enduring a challenging outing on the mound.

Offensively, the Spartans managed to scratch across a lone run, with Dylan Philip driving in the solitary score. Bryce Spurlin led the team with two hits in three at-bats, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Pirates’ dominant performance.

For the Pirates, Owen McKoon stood out with a stellar performance at the plate, leading the team with four runs batted in. D’Astolfo, Henderson, and #8 also made significant contributions with multiple hits each, while Luke Sivon displayed patience at the plate with three walks.

Perry Pirates demonstrated discipline at the plate, collecting 10 walks throughout the game, while also utilizing their speed on the basepaths to steal four bases.

Defensively, the Pirates were solid, committing no errors throughout the game, with McKoon making the most plays.

With this tough loss behind them, the Conneaut Spartans will regroup and prepare for their next game at home against the Pymatuning Valley Lakers on Saturday, aiming to bounce back and secure victory on their home turf.