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AVON, OH- There are good games, and there was this one.  An instant classic and perhaps one of the greatest softball matchups ever played in the modern era between two state championship contenders, but it was  the South Range Lady Raiders who pulled off a thrilling 1-0 walk-off win over the Champion Golden Flashes on Friday. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the eighth when Giada Pauline smacked a solo inside-the-park home run to send the Raiders to the state semi-finals.

Both teams brought their A-game in the circle. South Range’s Jayli Wilt struck out eight en route to an impressive no-hitter, while Champion’s ace, Gaby Gradishar, fanned 14.

Jayli Wilt was stellar for South Range, pitching eight hitless innings with eight strikeouts and five walks. Gradishar was tough to beat, giving up just one run on four hits over seven and two-thirds innings.

Pauline led the Raiders’ offense, going 1-for-3 with the game-winning RBI in dramatic fashion.  Addison Wardle, Solena DeJesus, and Ashley Rupert each chipped in with a hit. Defensively, South Range was flawless, with Heidi Bartels recording nine outs.

Champion showed discipline at the plate, drawing five walks. They also played error-free defense, with Addison Warzala making 15 plays.

South Range will prepare to battle South Webster on Thursday at Akron Firestone Stadium at 5:30pm for the right to play in the state championship.



MINERAL RIDGE, OH-\ Mineral Ridge pulled off a solid 4-2 win over Grand Valley, securing their second sectional championship in three years.

The game started slow on offense for the Rams, but Xavier Klamer and the defense kept things tight despite some tricky spots, holding Grand Valley to just a 2-run lead.

The breakthrough came in the 5th inning. Jackson Geddes sparked a rally with a clutch two-out base hit. Gavin Harding and Jack Gillie followed with hits, and Nick Anderson blew the game open with a single that scored two runs.

Klamer started on the mound, going four innings and giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, with 5 walks and 6 strikeouts. Anderson came in for relief and was lights out, pitching three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, walking two, and striking out one to earn the win.

Next up for the Rams is a matchup against Jackson Milton in the district semifinals at Niles on Tuesday night at 5 pm.


DALTON, OH- The Western Reserve Blue Devils struggled to keep pace with the Dalton Bulldogs, falling 7-1 on Thursday.

The Blue Devils got an early lead when Evan Slaven walked and eventually crossed the plate in the top of the first. But that lead didn’t hold for long, as Dalton took advantage of a couple of miscues to grab a 2-1 lead in the second.

Seth Wyckoff was on point for the Bulldogs, dominating from the mound with 13 strikeouts across six innings while allowing just one hit and an unearned run. Brock Wellman, on the other hand, found the going tough for Western Reserve, surrendering six runs, though only one was earned, on nine hits through four innings.

Vance Story managed the only hit for the Blue Devils, going 1-for-2 to lead his team at the plate. Meanwhile, Dalton’s bats were hot, with 11 hits lighting up the scoreboard. Alex Hess led the charge with a 3-for-4 day, setting the tone for the Bulldogs. Brady Hignight chipped in with a couple of RBIs on a 1-for-3 outing.

The Blue Devils finish their year with a 7-15 mark.


COLUMBIANA, OH- It was a pitcher’s duel on Monday on Monday, Crestview took control early against Waterloo, kicking off with Ethan Feezle smashing a double in the first inning to grab the lead. That run was all Crestview needed, but they didn’t stop there.

Ethan Feezle wasn’t just a hero at the plate; he dominated on the mound too, tossing a complete game shutout. He held Waterloo to just two hits, striking out six without issuing a single walk. On the other side, Trevor Simons battled through six innings for Waterloo but gave up four runs, though only one was earned, on a tough day where he struck out three and walked two.

Max Hawkins and Feezle delivered at the plate for Crestview, each snagging hits in a lineup that wasn’t giving much away. Feezle, batting in the heart of the order, drove in two of the four runs, making his mark with every swing.

Crestview’s fielding was flawless, not allowing any errors that could turn the game. Jayden Kimble was particularly busy, involved in ten plays.

Waterloo’s Vincent Mori and Drew Flarida tried to spark a rally, both getting hits, but the team couldn’t capitalize on their efforts.

With this win, Crestview continues to show their strength both on the mound and at the plate, while Waterloo will look to bounce back in their next outing.


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.


MINERAL RIDGE, OH- At the recent Junior High State Track and Field Meet, the Mineral Ridge boys’ team showcased standout performances, tying for eighth place with a total of 16 points, all thanks to Jonny Culp’s extraordinary efforts in the throwing events. On Saturday, May 11th, Culp not only set new personal and school records but also shattered state records in the shot put.

Culp’s throw of 59 feet 7.25 inches in the shot put was a highlight, breaking the previous state record three times during the competition with throws of 58 feet, 59 feet 2 inches, and finally 59 feet 7.25 inches. His prowess wasn’t limited to the shot put, as he also clinched third place in the discus with a commendable throw of 165 feet 3 inches, with five of his six throws in the shot put surpassing the former state record.

Jonny’s remarkable season is the result of diligent training and support from his coaches, who happen to be his parents, Jenn and Jon Culp. Their guidance and his hard work have clearly paid off, exemplifying the impact of dedication and inspiring others to pursue their dreams relentlessly.

As Jonny prepares to transition to his high school career and compete at nationals this summer, the excitement around his future in athletics is palpable. Congratulations to Jonny and his coaching team on a stellar season. The Rams have every reason to be proud!


STRUTHERS, OH- Newton Falls tore up the field against Liberty on Wednesday, cruising to a 12-1 victory with a show of strength right out of the gate. Owen Gazda kicked things off with a two-run triple in the first inning, setting the tone for a game that would quickly slip away from Liberty. Clayton Bratton and Georgie Phillips added fuel to the fire with hits that brought in more runs, capitalizing on a costly error to stretch the lead further.

Gazda wasn’t done yet, bringing in another run in the second with a sacrifice fly, and Leland Vargo kept the hits coming in the third, driving in yet another run. On the mound, Trevor Ruscoe kept Liberty’s batters at bay, allowing just one run over five solid innings.

The Newton Falls lineup was on point, collecting nine hits. Gazda was particularly lethal, knocking in four runs and showing off on the bases along with teammates Ethan Powell and Cameron Huff, who both snagged a couple of steals themselves. The team’s discipline at the plate was evident, earning them nine walks and helping to maintain pressure throughout the game.

Not to be outdone by their own earlier performance, Newton Falls kept the momentum rolling into a second game against Campbell, delivering a decisive 10-0 shutout. This time it was Huff who sparked the offense with an RBI single in the first, followed by a series of hits from Gazda, Ruscoe, Rapczak, and Kendall in the third that blew the game wide open.

Ruscoe mirrored his earlier pitching prowess, tossing another five innings of shutout ball, striking out nine. The team’s defense held tight, flawless in the field across both games.

Sway Rodriguez had 2 of the three hits in the game for the Red Devils.

Newton Falls is shaping up to be a serious contender as the postseason approaches, sitting pretty with a 14-7-1 record. They’re not just winning; they’re dominating, and with this kind of momentum, they’re a team to watch closely.


LEAVITTSBURG, OH- LaBrae pulled off a solid 6-2 win against Garfield on Monday at LaBrae High School.

The game got rolling with Garfield taking an early lead after Pesicek knocked in a run with a groundout. But LaBrae quickly flipped the script in their half of the first, with Landon Brunstetter smashing a single and a Garfield error bringing in a pair of runs to make it 2-1.

LaBrae kept the pressure on, tacking on another run in the second thanks to Christian Haught’s groundout.

Dylan Simpson was on point from the mound, bagging the win with a seven-inning stint where he gave up just two runs (one earned) on five hits while fanning eight. Hill was on the hook for the loss for Garfield, letting six runs (four earned) slip through in six innings of work.

At the plate, Brunstetter and Austin Rowe led LaBrae with two hits apiece, while Lucas Glaser, Nate Goldner, Brunstetter, and Aiden Doll each chipped in with an RBI. Simpson also showed off his wheels, snagging two bases.

For Garfield, Warnick and Grandizio managed two hits each in a tough outing.

LaBrae is set to hit the road for their next clash at Howland on Tuesday.


CORTLAND, OH- LaBrae has been on a heater lately with five straight wins, but The Lakeview Bulldogs who were riding a six-game hot streak clinched a solid 5-2 victory over LaBrae on Thursday.

The Bulldogs got rolling in the second inning when Matt Seikel knocked a single to bring a runner home. They nudged further ahead in the third, thanks to Brandon Toot’s single that pushed the score to 2-0.

Matthew DeProfio was on point from the mound for Lakeview, tossing four shutout innings with two hits, two strikeouts, and a couple of walks. Owen Boone shouldered the loss for LaBrae, giving up five runs (two earned) across six innings of work. Toot came in as relief, keeping LaBrae at bay with three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.

At the plate, Brandon Cash, batting ninth, stepped up big time with two RBIs off a 1-for-3 showing. The Bulldogs lineup saw Andrew Brown, Cash, Toot, Nathan Paolucci, Hayden Newton, Seikel, and DeProfio each snagging a hit. They also executed a smooth double play to keep their defense tight.

For the Vikings, Dylan Simpson and Brogan Collins each chipped in with an RBI. Simpson, Lucas Glaser, Nate Goldner, Austin Rowe, and Aiden Doll all managed a hit apiece in their efforts to rally.

The Bulldogs are set to face South Range next Monday, looking to carry the momentum forward.


NILES, OH- The Mineral Ridge Rams just missed clinching a win against Niles, falling 4-3 on a last-gasp single by Nick Clark in the bottom of the seventh, breaking a 3-3 deadlock, and walking off winners in Dragon Country.

Niles struck first in the second inning with Aj Yost driving in a run with a single. Mineral Ridge responded in the fourth, taking a 2-1 lead thanks to Ethan Vestorsky’s sacrifice fly and a timely single by Jack Gillie.

The game was knotted again at two-all when Kris Rosar lifted a sac fly for Niles in the same frame. The Rams edged ahead in the seventh on an unfortunate error by Niles, making it 3-2, but their joy was short-lived. Niles rallied back in the bottom half with Tyler Williams and Nick Clark each knocking in a run to snatch the victory.

B Gilmour was solid on the mound for Niles, tossing a complete game, yielding three runs (two earned) and fanning five. Nick Anderson shouldered the loss for Mineral Ridge, allowing four runs (three earned) over six-plus innings.

Mineral Ridge’s lineup saw Gino Novello, Jackson Geddes, and Gillie each snagging hits, with Gillie and Vestorsky notching RBIs. Aj Sandy showed speed on the bases, nabbing two steals as part of the Rams’ five stolen bases on the night.

Niles had a balanced offensive contribution with Yost, Brady Court, Landon Turner, Williams, Clark, and Anthony Mymo each logging hits. Key RBIs came from Rosar, Yost, Williams, and the game-winner from Clark.

Mineral Ridge aims to bounce back in their next outing, bringing that same aggressive base-running and looking for tighter game-closing execution.