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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.


ELYRIA OH- McDonald took down Open Door Christian 17-2 in a blowout sectional final on Thursday, ignited by a monster third inning that saw 12 runs cross the plate.

The game kicked off with Wyatt Wolford tagging and scoring to put McDonald on the board early. Dylan Drop’s groundout leveled the score for Open Door in the bottom frame, but that tie didn’t last long. McDonald responded quickly with Wolford smashing a double in the second, and a costly error by Open Door let McDonald grab the lead again.

The third inning was where McDonald blew the doors off. They racked up 10 hits and 12 runs in a dizzying display of bats. Chayse Hickox and Jaxson Candel both tagged up for scores, Shovel and Avery Maley ripped doubles, Josh Srock singled in a run, Logan Presco doubled, and Nate Metzinger walked one in. The flurry included a dropped third strike and hits by Wolford and Maley driving in multiple runs each.

On the mound, Srock bagged the win for McDonald, dealing five hits and two runs across four innings with five Ks. In the other dugout, Charlie Murphy felt the heat for Open Door, getting hammered in just one inning on the hill for eight runs.

Ben Comer and Tyler Reaser were the bright spots for Open Door, each nabbing a couple of hits.

Overall, McDonald showcased a strong offensive game with 14 hits. Wolford and Maley led the charge, with Wolford knocking four RBIs and going 2-for-4, while Maley topped the hit chart at 3-for-4. The team also showed hustle on the bases, swiping six bags, with Wolford grabbing two himself. They played a tight game defensively too, notching zero errors with Maley involved in nine plays.

McDonald advances to the District Semifinals on Tuesday against Ashtabula St John.  That game will be in Parma at 2:00.


In a pitcher’s duel on Monday, Jackson-Milton pulled off an exciting 3-1 upset over McDonald in the district semifinals. Macayla Thornhill went the distance for Jackson-Milton, delivering a stellar performance from the circle.

McDonald initially took the lead in the first inning due to a defensive slip-up by Jackson-Milton. However, Ivy McBeth leveled the score in the fourth with a clutch double, setting the stage for a tight finish.

The game remained knotted until the sixth, when Brena McBeth ripped another double to break the tie and put Jackson-Milton ahead. A slick double play later in the inning widened the gap to 3-1, giving Jackson-Milton some breathing room.

Thornhill claimed the win, allowing just two hits and one unearned run across seven innings, striking out four and walking three. On the other side, Isabella O’Brien shouldered the loss for McDonald despite a strong outing with 12 strikeouts over seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits.

The McBeth duo was dynamic at the plate, each snagging two hits and driving in a run, proving tough for McDonald to handle. Both teams flashed some leather too, with each turning a critical double play.

With this win, Jackson-Milton is set to face Canton Central Catholic in Wednesday’s district championship at Badger, starting at 5:00 PM. It’s shaping up to be a showdown you won’t want to miss!


Another week has come and gone in the track season, and things are really starting to heat up. As the calendar turns into the first full week of May, it brings on conference championship bragging rights.  With every local conference having their championship meet this week, Anthony and Coach Sypert certainly have a lot to preview. Which conference will be the most competitive? What are some of the big matchups that will happen? Who are the favorites to take home the trophies? All of those questions and more are answered in Episode 4 of Running Wednesdays with Rick Sypert!

Also in this episode, we feature a group of athletes that has been a picture of dominance.  McDonald is known from their success in Track & Field and this season is no disappointment.  Here by extremely popular demand is the throwing team that represents the Blue Devils every week. The numbers that these throwers are putting up make all of them favorites to get to Dayton.  That’s right, there’s a real chance that McDonald could send their entire throwing roster to state.  Join us as we hear from every member of the team about what has made them so successful.

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ALLIANCE, OH- The Baldwin Wallace University softball team clinched the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship with a 10-7 victory over Ohio Northern University, marking their first title since 2011. The Yellow Jackets, seeded third, secured the OAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division Tournament, while fourth-seeded Ohio Northern ended their season with a 24-20 record.

Among the standout players, local athletes Gillian Ryser (Hubbard), Lucia Wolford (McDonald), and Madison Lester (Boardman) made significant contributions throughout the tournament, earning spots on the All-Tournament Team. Their performances highlighted the local talent’s impact on the team’s success.

The game featured a high-scoring opening inning with BW notching six runs, sparked by Lucia Wolford’s first career home run, and continued to dominate with four more runs in the third inning. Madison Lester played a key role in keeping Ohio Northern at bay, pitching a solid third of an inning without allowing a run.

As BW moves onto the NCAA Tournament, all eyes will be on the selection show today at 11, with high hopes for continued success. Ryser, Wolford, and Lester not only represented their university but also their hometowns with distinction, underscoring the depth of talent in the local area.


MCDONALD OH- Isabella O’Brien was untouchable in the circle, racking up 19 strikeouts in McDonald’s 6-0 shutout against Fairport on Wednesday. O’Brien was almost perfect, allowing just one hit across seven innings without issuing a walk.

The game swung McDonald’s way in the fifth inning, thanks to a flurry of runs. O’Brien smacked a double that brought two runners home, while Aubrey Evans and Jenna Helco each added RBI singles. The scoring started in the fourth, though, when a Fairport error allowed McDonald to notch the first run of the game.

On the flip side, Madisen McFadden shouldered the loss for Fairport, enduring a tough six innings where she conceded six runs (four earned) off 13 hits and struck out three.

McDonald’s lineup was on fire, amassing 13 hits. O’Brien, swinging a hot bat, drove in two runs and bagged a couple of hits herself. Bri McCombs led the hit parade, going 3-for-4. Helco and Evans also turned in strong performances with multiple hits. Defensively, McDonald was flawless, with Lauren O’Leary involved in 12 plays, ensuring the team kept a clean sheet.

With this win, McDonald is set to face Jackson Milton in the district semifinals this Monday at 4:00 PM at Badger High School, renewing a rivalry with another MVAC powerhouse.


MCDONALD OH- McDonald capped off their league schedule in style on Tuesday, securing the conference championship outright with a dominant 15-3 victory over Waterloo.

The McDonald offense was firing on all cylinders, led by standout performances from Miley Titus and Isabella O’Brien. Titus went 2-for-4 at the plate, driving in three runs and scoring three times, while O’Brien had a memorable day, going 3-for-4 with a home run, five RBIs, and a run scored. Lauren O’Leary and Aubrey Evans also made significant contributions, each tallying multiple RBIs to fuel McDonald’s offensive onslaught. Jenna Helco chipped in as well, scoring two runs while adding an RBI.

I’m the circle, Bri McCombs delivered a stellar performance, tossing four innings off three-hit ball with 11 strikeouts. McCombs kept the Waterloo batters off balance throughout the game, not allowing any earned runs.


MCDONALD OH- It was all smiles for Springfield fans as their team put on a hitting clinic on Monday night, cruising to a 13-4 victory over McDonald in a high-scoring MVAC showdown.

Springfield’s bats were on fire, and no one was hotter than Blake Jeffries. He was swinging for the fences, launching two big homers, racking up a whopping 8 RBIs, and crossing the plate 4 times himself. Talk about a one-man wrecking crew! But he wasn’t alone in the hitting parade. Kolten Ruark, Liam Wylie, and Parker Dobson also joined the hit party, each contributing with multiple hits and RBIs. And let’s not forget about Noah Troggio, who hustled his way to 2 hits and scored 3 runs.

On the mound, Springfield’s pitching squad did a solid job, with Payton Novak, Parker Dobson, and Liam Wylie combining forces to keep McDonald’s offense in check. They allowed just 6 hits and 3 earned runs while striking out a few batters along the way. Dobson picked up the win for his efforts, sealing the deal for the Tigers.

While McDonald fought hard, their offense couldn’t keep up with Springfield’s offensive onslaught. Jackson Candel and Avery Matey managed to drive in runs, and Zach Shobel made some noise with 2 hits and a run scored. Even Brady Flere chipped in with an RBI.


MCDONALD OH- In a tense pitcher’s duel on Monday, McDonald softball went head-to-head with Jackson Milton, narrowly coming out on top with a hard-fought 2-0 victory.

The game was a true battle of the pitchers, with both teams struggling to generate offense against stellar pitching performances. McDonald managed to break through in the third inning, as Isabella O’Brien came up clutch with a timely hit, driving in 2 runs to give McDonald the lead. O’Brien finished the game 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs, while Lauren O’Leary and Miley Titus each contributed with a hit and a run scored.

In the circle, O’Brien was lights out for McDonald, pitching a complete game gem. She allowed just 1 hit, while striking out an impressive 17 batters to shut down the Jackson Milton offense.

Despite the loss, Grace Johns managed to gather the only hit of the day for Jackson Milton, highlighting the difficulty of facing O’Brien’s dominant pitching.

On the pitching side for Jackson Milton, Brena McBeth put up a valiant effort, going 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, and striking out 5 batters. However, McDonald’s offense managed to capitalize on their opportunities to secure the win.


MCDONALD OH- McDonald celebrated their seniors in style on Thursday night with an 8-1 victory over Springfield, securing at least a share of the MVAC Scarlett tier.

McDonald’s offense came alive to support their seniors, led by Miley Titus with 3 hits and 2 runs scored. Isabella O’Brien and Aubrey Evans each drove in 2 RBI, while Jenna Helco scored 3 runs and Kayla Helco added 3 hits.

In the circle, Bri McCombs delivered a stellar performance, pitching a complete game with 15 strikeouts, allowing just 5 hits and no earned runs.

Rachel Malatok found success at the plate for Springfield going 3-3.  Olivia Allen went 1-3 with 1 run scored.