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By Matt Maher

NILES, OH – JFK rode high in their own Eagles wings during the D4 District finals matchup against the Mineral Ridge Rams! The Eagles showed up when they needed to in a close affair and managed to take a 2-0 victory over their opponent.


Mineral Ridge had trouble from the start trying to get anything past the Eagles Ace, Freddy Bolchalk and the proof was in the back-to-back 1-2-3 innings Bolchalk pitched to start the game! The Eagles struggled against the Rams Freshman starter Nick Anderson but found a way to get the first run past him in the 2nd thanks to a Santino Ciambotti single that would bring home Andrew LaPolla. 


Both teams kept the defense tight through the 3rd and 4th innings, with Bolchalk striking out 2 more batters and his defense making some stellar plays like the back to back fly outs in the top of the 4th to Taggart Carfangia and the groundout from Ciambotti to Jaden Rishel to end the inning. Anderson continued to throw difficult pitches for JFK to hit at and his defense came up huge thanks to a diving line out to Andrew Gille in the 3rd and an untraditional double play from a pop out to Jackson geddes and a throw down to Gino Novello at First to get the lone JFK baserunner who was caught trying to tag back up. 


The Eagles offense showed up again in the 5th after a leadoff double from Ciambotti and 4 batters later an RBI double from Dom Ryan would bring him home. Anderson would stop any more runs from coming across and kept JFK from getting anything they could sink their talons into again for the rest of the game. Bolchalk struck out 5 more Rams on his way to the district crown and earned himself the complete game shutout as well. 


For Anderson, he finished with 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 H and 1 K while Bolchalk completed 7IP, 0 ER, 2 H, and 9 Ks!


Both teams showed everyone watching just why they were in Niles for this game, there was fantastic pitching from both ends and even greater defense that carried a lot of weight for both sides in this one. While defense stood strong for Mineral Ridge, a few runs trickled through and made the difference in this game. Both teams played well in the tournament throughout the regular season but JFK had just enough to move on through, congratulations to both teams on an incredible game and incredible seasons and good luck to Warren JFK in their regional semifinals matchup!


NILES, OH- Jaden Rishel had a stellar game, driving in four runs on three hits to lead Kennedy past Maplewood 6-1 on Tuesday in the District Semifinals at Wilder Field. Rishel knocked in runs with singles in the second, fourth, and sixth innings.

The bottom of Kennedy’s lineup was clutch, with Santino Ciambotti, Rishel, and Nico Ciminero combining for six of the team’s 12 hits, scoring once and driving in six runs.

Kennedy got on the board in the second when Rishel singled to bring in a run.

Rishel also shined on the mound, going the distance and giving up just two hits and one unearned run over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked two. Coleton Logan took the loss for Maplewood, pitching six innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits, striking out five and walking two.

Taggart Carfangia, Andrew Lapolla, Micheal Bartoe, and Ciminero each had multiple hits for Kennedy.

For Maplewood, Logan and Kenyan Clover each had a hit. Zach Suba drove in the lone run for the Rockets, who also turned two double plays in the game.

The Eagles will return to action on Thursday against either Mineral Ridge or Jackson Milton at 5pm.


NILES, OH- Jaden Rishel was on fire with the bat, grabbing three hits in four trips to the plate, but the real show-stopper in Kennedy’s 9-0 shutout against Chalker was Freddy Bolchalk. Bolchalk delivered a masterpiece on the mound, tossing a no-hitter and racking up a jaw-dropping 18 strikeouts, without issuing a single walk.

The action started early for Kennedy, with Santino Ciambotti sparking the offense in the second inning, knocking a single that brought two runners home. The hits kept coming, and so did the runs, with Micheal Bartoe extending the lead in the third after battling through a seven-pitch at-bat to land a key single.

While Kennedy’s bats were hot, Chalker struggled to find their rhythm against Bolchalk’s dominant pitching. Vince DelVecchio, bearing the brunt for Chalker, managed to last nearly six innings but was dinged for nine runs on ten hits, while he struck out four and walked nine.

Kennedy’s lineup showed depth with Caleb Hadley and Dominic Ryan each notching multiple hits, and Andrew Lapolla drawing a game-high three walks as part of the team’s overall strategy of patience at the plate that led to nine walks.

Bolchalk’s no-no was the clear highlight, marking a standout performance that overshadowed an already solid team effort at the plate and securing a memorable win for Kennedy.



AUSTINTOWN, OH-The Austintown-Fitch Falcons kicked off the week by blanking Kennedy 5-0, putting on a clinic in pitching and defense, and evened the series 1-1 with their Trumbull County rivals.

Right from the jump, Mason Petridis laced a double in the opening inning to drive in the first run. Nik Kyprianou then took over, tossing a gem with just two hits allowed and three strikeouts over two innings. Kennedy’s Reishel, on the other hand, had a rough go, getting dinged for a run on three hits in just over an inning.

John Darnley opened for the Falcons with a couple of solid innings, keeping Kennedy’s bats quiet with no hits and a handful of K’s. Anthony Wibert sealed the deal, nailing down the save and preserving the shutout.

Petridis and Carson Fuller were the stars at the plate, each snagging two hits. Petridis didn’t just hit; he drove in three runs to really push the Falcons ahead.

Fielding was on point for Austintown-Fitch—no errors and smooth plays all day. Jake Wallace was all over the field, racking up the most defensive plays with seven.

For Kennedy, Carfangia, Bartoe, and Ciambatti each managed to scrape a hit, but they just couldn’t string anything together. They did flash some leather with a double play, showing they could hang tight in the field despite the scoreboard pressure.

The Falcons combined fierce pitching, timely hitting, and tight defense to ensure Kennedy had a long day at the plate, cruising to a clean 5-0 win.


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.


NILES, OH- On the mound, both teams showed solid skill, but Lake Center Christian edged out Kennedy with some clutch hitting for a tight 2-1 win. Andrew Lapolla held the fort for Kennedy, working through six and a third innings, allowing just one run on six hits, while striking out three.

Kennedy kept it close and knotted the score at one apiece in the sixth, thanks to Caleb Hadley who sent one deep to left for a solo home run. But Lake Center Christian broke the tie in the eighth with a critical RBI single.

Grant Coblentz snagged the win with a clean 2.2 innings, giving up just one run. Michael Bartoe was tagged with the loss, allowing the go-ahead run in his 1.2 innings of work. Brayden Myers started strong for Lake Center, tossing over five innings of shutout ball.

Hadley was the standout at the plate for Kennedy, notching one RBI and going 1-for-4. The team kept it clean in the field, turning a double play without committing any errors, with Jaden Rishel getting in on plenty of action.

For Lake Center, Harrison Coblentz led the charge, going 3-for-4 and driving in a run, helping his team stay flawless in the field alongside Braidon Miller.

Next up, Kennedy hosts St. John on Wednesday, looking to bounce back from this narrow defeat.


HARTVILLE, OH- Lake Center Christian scored seven runs on five hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Bryant drew a walk, scoring one run, Caleb Shelly singled, scoring two runs, Spickard grounded out, scoring one run, Norman singled, scoring two runs, and Grant Coblentz doubled, scoring one run.

Bryant earned the win for Lake Center Christian. They allowed zero hits and zero runs over five innings, striking out eight and walking four. Jaden Rishel took the loss for Kennedy. The righty went three and one-third innings, allowing 13 runs (12 earned) on 11 hits, striking out three and walking three.

Lake Center Christian piled up 12 hits in the game. Norman seized on their opportunities, leading Lake Center Christian with three runs batted in from the number nine spot in the lineup. The shortstop went 3-for-3 on the day. Coblentz, Harrison Coblentz, and Maninga each collected multiple hits for Lake Center Christian. Lake Center Christian was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Maninga had the most chances in the field with eight.

Next up for Kennedy is a game against Lake Center Christian on Tuesday.


NEWTON FALLS OH- Newton Falls powered their way into the next round of the tournament on Monday with a commanding 12-2 run-rule victory over Warren JFK. With this win, they advance to the sectional finals where they’ll travel to Chalker on Wednesday.

Newton Falls wasted no time asserting their dominance, exploding for runs early in the game. Kylee Lance led the offensive charge, going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs to pace the team’s offense. Abby Wolford also contributed with 2 RBIs, while Madelyn Knight added another 2 RBIs to the scoreboard. Ella Downing reached base with a hit and a walk, scoring a run for Newton Falls.

I’m the circle, Kylee Lance was lights out, pitching a complete game gem. She allowed just 1 earned run on 5 hits over 6 innings, while striking out an impressive 10 batters to stifle the Warren JFK offense.

Warren JFK managed to get on the board with runs from Samiya Currie and Jasmine Ridley, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with Newton Falls’ offensive onslaught. Hannah Myers also had a strong showing at the plate, tallying 2 hits.


STRUTHERS OH- Warren JFK showcased their dominance on Friday night with a commanding 6-2 victory over Ursuline.

JFK’s offense was led by Michael Bartoe and Santino Ciambotti, who both went 2-for-3 with Bartoe driving in 2 RBIs and scoring a run, while Ciambotti added an RBI and a run scored. Jaden Rishel, Michael Condoleon, Caleb Hadley, Taggart Carfangia, and Dom Ryan each contributed hits and runs to bolster the Eagles’ offense.

On the mound, Taggart Carfangia delivered a stellar performance, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing just 3 hits and no earned runs while striking out 6 Ursuline batters.

Ursuline’s offense struggled to gain momentum, with Rowan Urbach and Luke Kollar each driving in a run. AJ Snyder and Jake Bednar also contributed with runs scored.


RAVENNA, OH- As we move toward the OHSAA tournament draw, Dominic Ryan set the tone for expectations down the stretch, racking up four hits as Warren JFK outslugged Southeast Pirates 14-9 on Thursday. Ryan blasted a homer to right in the fifth, doubled in the seventh, and notched singles in the third and fourth innings.

Southeast struck first with Caleb Miller’s two-run single in the opening frame. Warren JFK quickly responded, tying it up in the second with Jaden Rishel’s double and Santino Ciambotti’s single.

The third inning saw Warren JFK explode for seven runs off six hits, with Andrew Lapolla smacking a two-run single that highlighted the rally. Not to be outdone, Southeast answered with a six-run barrage in the fourth, fueled by hits from Bradee Blankenship, Cohen Richardson, Joe Sharish, and Logan West.

Ryan’s three-run homer in the fifth solidified Warren JFK’s lead. Micheal Bartoe picked up the win with a solid relief effort, allowing one run over three and one-third innings. Southeast’s Nate Muncy absorbed the loss after yielding seven runs over two frames.

Warren JFK was relentless at the plate, amassing 15 hits. Rishel, Lapolla, and Nico Ciminero all had multi-hit games. Taggart Carfangia drew three walks, contributing to the team’s eight total on the night. Warren JFK also turned a slick double play in their fielding efforts.

Southeast wasn’t quiet either, putting up 14 hits. Sharish and Miller each drove in two runs, while Richardson led with three hits. West, Muncy, and Blankenship also had multiple hits each.

Next up, Warren JFK heads to Ursuline for another showdown on Friday.