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Parma, OH- The St. John Heralds looked sharp against the McDonald Blue Devils, winning 12-2 in the District semi-final game of the OHSAA playoff tournament on Tuesday. The Heralds wasted no time in establishing their lead, getting on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Ryan Williams walked, Anthony Severino singled, and the Heralds scored their first run on a wild pitch. Kyle Hejduk and AJ Henslee followed with RBI singles, giving the Heralds a 3-0 lead.

The Heralds extended their lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the second inning, courtesy of a double by Williams. They continued to pile on the runs in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five more on four hits. Joe Cappuzzello induced Aaron Wychock to hit into a fielder’s choice, but two runs scored. Henslee drew a walk, scoring another run, and Will Anderson and Brady Cole each added an RBI single.

Will Anderson started the game for the Heralds, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) over six innings, while striking out nine and walking two. Klase, the starting pitcher for the Blue Devils, surrendered 10 hits and seven runs over four innings, striking out three and walking four.

The Heralds’ offensive onslaught was highlighted by a 15-hit performance. Henslee, the number nine hitter, led the way with two RBIs, going 2-for-2 on the day. Cole, Bryson Vennitti, Williams, Henslee, Severino, Ezra Campbell, and Hejduk each collected two hits for the Heralds, who showed patience at the plate, amassing six walks.

For the Blue Devils, Logan Presco, Hickox, Zach Shobal, and Brady Klockner each collected one hit. Presco and Shobal drove in the team’s only two runs. The Blue Devils played flawless defense, not committing a single error, with Avery Maley handling the most chances in the field with six.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Heralds will move on in the tournament to play the Hillsdale Falcons on Thursday 05/23/24 at 5pm at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma for the district championship.


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Ashtabula, OH- Will Anderson’s commanding performance on the mound propelled the St. John Heralds to a resounding 11-0 victory over the Medina Christian Knights in the sectional final of the OHSAA playoff tournament on Thursday. Anderson struck out 11 batters, allowing no hits and no runs over five innings while walking only one batter.

The Heralds wasted no time in asserting their dominance, getting on the board in the bottom of the first inning. After a Knights error, Ryan Williams singled, and Anthony Severino doubled, each scoring a run to give the Heralds an early 2-0 lead.

The offensive onslaught continued in the bottom of the second inning as the Heralds scored five runs on two hits. Brady Cole singled, driving in two runs, Ezra Campbell was struck by a pitch, bringing in another run, Bryson Vennitti was also hit by a pitch, scoring another run, and Aaron Wychock drew a walk, adding another run to the Heralds’ tally.

The Heralds added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning when Campbell singled, and Severino hit a sacrifice fly, each scoring a run to make the score 9-0.

Tyler Jones took the mound for the Knights but struggled to contain the Heralds’ potent offense. The right-hander allowed six hits and 10 runs (nine earned) over three innings, striking out five and walking three.

The Heralds collected nine hits in the game, with Cole and AJ Henslee each contributing two hits. Cole, Severino, and Campbell each drove in two runs, while Anderson showcased his baserunning prowess, stealing two bases. The Heralds swiped four bases in total and did not commit a single error in the field, with Kyle Hejduk handling a team-high 11 chances.

With their dominant performance, the Heralds will move on to face the McDonald Blue Devils in the District Semifinals of the OHSAA playoff tournament on Tuesday at Cuyahoga Community College, with first pitch scheduled for 2 pm.


Warren, OH- Santino Ciambotti’s impressive performance propelled the John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles to a commanding 12-2 victory over St. John on Wednesday. Ciambotti’s bat came alive as he drove in four runs on three hits, including two crucial singles in the fourth and fifth innings, each scoring two runs.

The scoring action began early for the John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles, with Caleb Hadley’s single and an error by St. John in the bottom of the first inning, allowing two runs to cross the plate.

Despite St. John briefly tying the game at two in the top of the fourth inning, the John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles quickly regained control. In the bottom of the fourth, they exploded for six runs on four hits, taking an 8-2 lead. Ciambotti’s single that drove in two runs proved to be the pivotal moment of the inning.

Pitcher Freddy Bolchalk delivered a solid performance for the John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles, allowing zero earned runs over five innings, with eight strikeouts and only two walks. On the other side, Aaron Wychock took the loss for St. John, surrendering seven runs (three earned) over three innings.

The John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles’ offense was supported by their patience at the plate, drawing 10 walks throughout the game. Dominic Ryan led the team with two hits, while Michael Condoleon, Nico Ciminero, and Caleb Hadley each earned two walks.

For St. John, Brady Cole, Aj Henslee, Bryson Vennitti, Aaron Wychock, and Ryan Williams contributed one hit each.

Looking ahead, the John F. Kennedy Catholic Varsity Eagles will face Cardinal Mooney on Thursday, while the Heralds will host the Bristol Panthers on Saturday.


Canton, OH- In a sectional final OHSAA tournament game, the St John Heralds faced off against the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders, ultimately falling short with a final score of 10-0 on Wednesday.

The Canton Central Catholic Crusaders wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, with Avery McMahon hitting a home run in the first inning, driving in two runs.

They continued to build their lead with two more runs in the third inning, courtesy of Brigid Burke’s groundout.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Crusaders exploded offensively, scoring five runs on two hits. Violet Ellerbrock’s single and Baylor Grant’s walk contributed to the rally, while an error allowed three more runs to cross the plate.

Isabelle Holler took the loss for the St, John Heralds, pitching four and two-thirds innings and surrendering 10 runs (six earned) on 11 hits. Alyssa Cevera and Rylee Frasure managed to collect one hit each for the St. John Heralds.

The Canton Central Catholic Crusaders showcased their offensive prowess, amassing 11 hits in the game. Grant and McMahon proved to be key contributors, each driving in two runs. Alicia Varacky led the Crusaders at the plate, going 3-for-3, while Ellerbrock and Presley Trbovich also made significant contributions with multiple hits.

With this victory, the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders advance to the District Semifinal, where they will face the Western Reserve Blue Devils.


Ashtabula, OH- The St. John Heralds opened their OHSAA softball playoff run with a dominant 13-3 victory over the Sebring Trojans on Monday. Isabelle Holler, the Heralds’ right-handed pitcher, was the star of the show, striking out an impressive 13 batters in five innings of work.

The Trojans drew first blood in the top of the first inning. Keira Berger smacked a double, driving in two runs, and Kristal Giron followed with an RBI single to give Sebring an early 3-0 lead. However, the Heralds responded swiftly in the bottom half of the frame, as Nadia Lagoa drew a walk, and Caitlyn Carney singled to tie the game at 3-3.

The second inning proved to be the turning point, as the Heralds erupted for five runs on five hits to seize an 8-3 advantage. Alyssa Cevera delivered the decisive blow, a triple that plated one run. The Heralds added another run in the third when Emma Hutchins worked a walk, extending their lead to 9-3.

Holler was masterful on the mound, allowing just four hits and three runs while issuing only one free pass. Allison Hoschar, Sebring’s starting pitcher, struggled with her control, surrendering 10 hits and 13 runs (nine earned) in four innings, striking out one and walking 11.

Rylee Frasure led the Heralds’ offensive charge, driving in three runs while going 2-for-2 at the plate. Cevera, Frasure, and Carney each collected two hits apiece, while Holler, Gianna Torres, and Frasure displayed patience at the plate, drawing two walks each. The Heralds’ aggressive baserunning also paid dividends, as they swiped seven bases, with Holler and Frasure accounting for multiple steals.

For the Trojans, Berger provided a bright spot, going 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Raegan Wynn, Blake Thomas, Berger, and Giron each recorded one hit in the losing effort.

With the victory, the St. John Heralds advance to the Sectional Finals of the OHSAA playoffs, where they will face the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders on Wednesday.


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Bristolville, OH- The St. John Heralds faced a tough challenge against the Bristol Panthers and suffered an 11-1 defeat on Monday, marking their first loss since April 6th.

Bristol wasted no time establishing their dominance, scoring early in the second inning with an unearned run followed by a double from Fran Jimenez, bringing in two more runs.

The Panthers extended their lead in the third inning after capitalizing on errors by the Heralds and another timely hit from Jimenez, resulting in two more runs.

Brady Cole took the mound for the Heralds but struggled against the Panthers’ offense, allowing 11 runs (five earned) over four and two-thirds innings.

Kaiden Kohler started for the Panthers and held the Heralds to just one run over five innings, striking out five.

Despite the loss, Ezra Campbell and Will Anderson stood out for the Heralds with two hits each, while Campbell drove in their lone run of the game.

Bristol’s offense was led by Mikey Burbach, who drove in two runs, and Jimenez, who went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate.

Defensively, the Panthers were flawless, committing no errors throughout the game.

Looking ahead, the Heralds aim to bounce back as they face the very talented Warren JFK Eagles on Wednesday on the road.


Conneaut, OH- The St. John Heralds displayed their grit and determination on Saturday, emerging victorious in a hard-fought 13-8 battle against the Conneaut Spartans. Will Anderson led the charge for the Heralds, delivering a stellar performance at the plate with three hits in four at-bats.

The Heralds wasted no time in asserting their dominance, drawing first blood in the opening inning thanks to a pair of timely singles. Bryson Vennitti’s clutch hit drove in two runs, setting the tone for an offensive onslaught.

The Heralds continued to apply pressure in the second inning, with Brady Cole’s single and a costly Spartan error contributing to a two-run outburst. Anderson’s prowess at the plate shone through in the third inning, as his single added two more runs to the Heralds’ tally.

While the Spartans mounted a valiant comeback effort, scoring five runs in the seventh inning, the Heralds’ early lead proved too daunting to overcome. Lincoln Wade’s two-run single and Thaddeus Huya’s two-RBI knock provided a glimmer of hope for the Spartans, but the Heralds’ resilience ultimately carried the day.

Ryan Williams set the tone on the mound for the Heralds, striking out six batters and allowing just one unearned run over three impressive innings. Dylan Philip shouldered the burden for the Spartans, but the Heralds’ potent offense proved too much to contain.

The Heralds’ offensive onslaught was a true team effort, with Vennitti and Aaron Wychock contributing multiple hits apiece. AJ Henslee’s keen eye at the plate resulted in three walks, exemplifying the Heralds’ disciplined approach. The baserunning prowess of Cole and Wychock further compounded the Spartans’ woes, as the duo combined for multiple stolen bases in a display of aggressive baserunning.

Next up, the Heralds will look to carry their momentum into a clash against the Bristol Varsity Panthers on Monday, while the Spartans prepare for a road test against the Geneva Eagles.


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Ashtabula, OH- In a showdown of rivals on Tuesday, the St. John Heralds clinched a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Harding Fairport Skippers with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. This moment was made all the more special as it was senior night for the Heralds.

With tensions running high and the game deadlocked at one apiece, Alyssa Cevera emerged as the hero for the Heralds, smashing a crucial triple that brought in the winning run.

The pitching duel between both teams was intense, with the Fighting Herald’s pitchers striking out eight batters, while Fairport’s hurlers managed to sit down seven.

The Heralds wasted no time in making their mark on the game, with Rylee Frasure delivering a clutch double in the first inning to put St. John on the scoreboard.

However, Fairport answered back in the top of the fourth inning, as Sadler’s double helped them knot the score at one run each.

As the game reached its climax, Alyssa Cevera stepped up to seal the victory for the Heralds, delivering a stellar performance on the mound and shutting down Fairport’s offense.

Cevera’s pitching prowess earned her the win, as she held Fairport hitless and scoreless over two crucial innings, striking out two batters and showcasing her composure under pressure.

Despite the tough loss, McFadden pitched admirably for Fairport, going six and two-thirds innings and allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out seven batters.

The Heralds’ offensive effort was led by Cevera, Frasure, and Caitlyn Carney, each of whom collected two hits in the game. Cevera and Frasure also contributed with timely RBIs, while Carney showcased her speed on the basepaths by stealing two bases.

For Fairport, Sadler drove in their sole run of the game, going 1-for-3 at the plate, while Phillips led their offense with a 2-for-2 performance.

With this thrilling victory secured, the Fighting Heralds look ahead to their next challenge as they hit the road to face the Cardinal Varsity Huskies on Wednesday.


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Ashtabula, OH- In a big time NAC matchup, the St. John Heralds faced a tough opponent in the form of the Pymatuning Valley Lakers, ultimately falling short with a score of 11-1. The Lakers’ dominance was highlighted by a powerful offensive display, particularly in the fourth inning, where they surged ahead with nine runs, securing a commanding lead.

Initially, it was the Fighting Heralds who struck first, notching a run in the opening inning courtesy of a steal of home. However, the momentum quickly shifted in favor of the Lakers, as they capitalized on opportunities and capitalized on errors to turn the tide in the fourth inning, propelling themselves to a substantial advantage.

Saige Payne played a pivotal role on the mound for the Lakers, delivering a standout performance as the starting pitcher. Payne showcased her skill and precision, allowing just one run over five innings while striking out an impressive nine batters.

Despite their best efforts, the Heralds struggled to contain the Lakers’ offensive onslaught. Isabelle Holler, pitching for the Fighting Heralds, faced a formidable challenge, surrendering 11 runs, albeit only two earned, over five innings of play.

Offensively, the Fighting Heralds found themselves limited by the Lakers’ solid defensive effort. Chay Oliveras, Rylee Frasure, and Holler each managed to collect a hit for the Heralds, but their efforts were not enough to overcome the Lakers’ dominant performance.

Offensively on the Lakers’ side, Saige Payne and Kendall Gray emerged as standout performers, delivering three crucial runs batted in and contributing significantly to the team’s offensive output. Supported by a strong lineup that produced 10 hits overall, including multiple hits from McKenna Jordan, Allison Clark, Kylie Luke, and Gray, the Lakers showcased their depth and offensive prowess.

Defensively, the Lakers remained sharp and error-free, demonstrating their defensive capabilities and ensuring that the Heralds faced a formidable challenge on both sides of the ball.

As they look ahead to their next matchup, the Fighting Heralds will aim to regroup and bounce back from this defeat, with their sights set on a home game against Harding Fairport. Meanwhile, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers will seek to carry their momentum forward as they prepare for a home game against the Maplewood Rockets.


Ashtabula, OH- Isabelle Stern’s outstanding performance, driving in five runs on four hits, propelled the St. John Heralds to a decisive 10-5 victory over the Lakeside Dragons on Thursday. Stern’s contributions were pivotal as she doubled twice, singled twice, and played a significant role in securing the win.

The Heralds wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, with Alyssa Cevera and Stern each driving in a run in the bottom of the first inning. However, the Lakeside Dragons responded, narrowing the gap to 3-2 in the top of the third inning, courtesy of Brooke’s double and an opposing error.

Stern’s pivotal double in the bottom of the third inning tied the game at three apiece before the Heralds exploded for four runs in the fourth inning, seizing a commanding 7-3 lead. Rylee Frasure’s triple, Isabelle Holler’s triple, and another clutch double from Stern highlighted the offensive surge.

Pitching prowess was also on display for the Heralds, with Holler delivering a stellar performance on the mound. The right-handed pitcher struck out 11 batters over six innings, conceding only seven hits and no earned runs.

Jules Lavender endured a challenging outing for the Lakeside Dragons, shouldering the loss after allowing 10 runs, seven of which were earned, on nine hits over five innings.

Despite Lakeside’s efforts, the Heralds’ offensive dominance prevailed, backed by a solid defensive display. Frasure and Holler’s offensive contributions, along with stellar base-running that saw multiple stolen bases, cemented the Heralds’ victory.

Brooke Dibell led the Lakeside Dragons’ offensive charge, driving in two runs and showcasing a formidable 3-for-4 performance at the plate.

With this impressive win, the St. John Heralds look ahead to their next challenge, a home game against the Maplewood Rockets Varsity Softball team on Friday.