A Page -- April 10, 2012 -- PM Edition

Marsinek wins again

Mittiga also sharp on mound

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY, CLEVELAND, April 9: Senior EMU recruit Michael Marsinek improved to 4-0 on the year with another very solid outing in a 6-2 victory over NCL foe Benedictine. 

Marsinek struck out 10 in his six innings of work with no walks, and four untimely WJ errors led to two unearned runs. Junior RHP Mark Mittiga was also sharp again in the 7th, striking out one. 

The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team did all their damage in the first inning, as Senior Slippery Rock recruit Graeme Frye, Junior Cassidy Brown, Senior Ohio Northern recruit Zack Leonatti, Ohio Wesleyan recruit Drew Miletti, and Rollins College Anthony Nemer all collected base hits in the frame, while Sophomore Trevor Ray contributed a SAC fly RBI. Leonatti’s hit was his first of a three hit day.

With the win, the Maroon & Gold improve to 7-1 on the year.

Spartan Baseball at Progressive Field on April 19 - Download Game Tickets Now

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Case Western Reserve University baseball team will play its annual game at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, on Thursday, April 19 versus Muskingum University. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Prior to the game, CWRU will honor its nine baseball senior Student/Athletes.

Gilmour Softball to Host Third Annual Swing for a Solution


GATES MILLS, Ohio – April 9, 2011: The Gilmour Academy varsity softball team is hosting the Third Annual Swing for a Solution 2012 event in order to raise awareness and funds for autism research this season. Gilmour and Ashtabula Edgewood High School varsity softball will go head-to-head in a Swing for a Solution game on April 16 at 4:30 p.m. at Gilmour to kick off the season-long program. The event boasts the opportunity for participating teams to host a game during the spring season.  Any softball or baseball team at any level is welcome to participate whether they are an opponent of Gilmour or not.


Entering into the third year of existence, the event has raised a little more than $4,000. Teams signed on to participate so far this year, include: Gilmour varsity, JV and Middle School softball, Gilmour varsity and JV baseball, Edgewood varsity and JV softball, Laurel Middle School softball and St. Ignatius High School. In addition to the April 16 game,  the Gilmour and Laurel Middle School softball teams will play in a Solution game on April 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Gilmour and the Gilmour and Edgewood JV softball teams will then face off in another Solution game on May 9 at Gilmour at 4:30 p.m. Additional games are to be determined.


The Swing for a Solution concept was created by Gilmour Interim Athletic Director and JV softball coach Kristy Booher to show support for varsity assistant Mandy Hansen’s 8-year old son Michael, who is autistic.


“Mandy and I have been best friends since we were 7-years old. We actually met playing softball and continue to play the sport on the same summer team to this day,” said Booher. “What better way to show my support of her and her son through something we’ve shared together our entire lives.”


Hansen’s youngest son Michael was diagnosed with the illness around the age of two. With Booher being the godson of Hansen’s 9-year old son Mark, she is around often to witness the challenges the family faces because of the illness.


“Being a mother is a 24-7 job to begin with,” said Booher.  “And when one of the children has special needs, it doesn’t make life any easier. I admire Mandy for the time she gives to each of her children, not to mention the volunteer work she does through their schools and through organization’s involved with Michael and autism.”


Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 American children is diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, including 1 in 70 boys, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.  An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism. (Autism Speaks website from statistics gathered by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


“When I came up with the idea for Swing for a Solution, I did it to support my friend and her son. I had no idea how many people within the Gilmour community were affected by this illness. I was very moved by many of the stories people told me about their families going through the same challenges as Mandy and Michael.”


Swing for a Solution began in 2010 with the Gilmour varsity softball team wearing commemorative shirts during one home date in May. The day of the double header against Hawken School saw rain and winds rip through the field after the Lancers won the first game, 11-3, causing the second game to be cancelled.  The event raised just over $600.


Then in 2011, a season plagued by continual rain caused the varsity and JV softball Solution games between Gilmour and Geneva High School to be cancelled on three separate occasions. Gilmour ended up having an intrasquad game as their final game of the season. The Gilmour Middle School, on the other hand, had perfect weather as it hosted a Solution softball game against Laurel School.  Overall, the event raised nearly $3,000.


“It’s very exciting to watch the event grow each year,” said Booher. “We started with Gilmour as the only participant and I’m thrilled to have Edgewood, Laurel  and St. Ignatius joining us this year. I contacted all of our opponents before the season started and Edgewood varsity head softball coach Steve Cunha, Laurel parent Jenny Coyle and St. Ignatius parent Donna LaManna responded. All three have been instrumental in getting their respective schools involved and I can’t wait to see how much money we raise when it’s all said and done. This is truly a team effort that goes beyond our individual schools.”


The event raises funds through the apparel it sells to the teams and their fans, with $5 from each item being donated to the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks.  There is an official Swing for a Solution design and logo which remains consistent for all participants, however, each school’s name and logo is incorporated into the design and they have the ability to customize the colors of their apparel.


The participating teams have numbers on the sleeves of their shirts, which will be worn for the Swing for a Solution games. Concession stands will also be open at each of the home Gilmour games selling drinks and bagged snacks. There is no price on any item, just a donation of one’s choosing with 100 percent of the money to be donated to Autism Speaks. All food and beverage items have been generously donated by Mel Weltle and AVI – the company responsible for Gilmour’s food service.


“I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to work and coach at a place where the students, staff, faculty and administration are so supportive of this cause and my idea to support it,” said Booher.  “Gilmour believes in serving others, and because of that, the community here has really embraced this event.”


“I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to work and coach at a place where the students, staff, faculty and administration are so supportive of this cause and my idea to support it,” said Booher.  “Gilmour believes in serving others, and because of that, the community here has really embraced this event.”


“We have been given an amazing opportunity to be able to go out and play softball,” said Booher.  “Being able to raise awareness and money for autism through something so many of us enjoy doing, really makes it special.”


The catch phrase for the organization is: Autism Speaks. It’s time to listen. And the organization refers to the disease with no known cause or cure as a puzzle, which is how the organization’s logo was developed.   Gilmour Academy’s Swing for a Solution is a play on the puzzle concept.


“I would love someday for this to become a nationwide occurrence,” said Booher.  “And with the help of Coach Cuhna and Edgewood, as well as Jenny Coyle and Laurel and Donna LaManna and St. Ignatius, we’re on the right track.”   

Heisman Golf Outing

Registration for Heisman Club Golf Outing is Now Open

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College Athletics Department is currently accepting foursomes for the annual Heisman Club Golf Outing, which will take place on May 25 at the Oberlin Golf Club.

Each golfer will receive a complimentary gift, 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch and good times to remember forever! Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, ball closest to the pin and longest putt for both men and women.

The cost for each golfer is $100 per person or $375 per foursome if registered together as a group. The cost for Oberlin Golf Club members is $35.

To signup for the outing, please download the outing brochure here and return the registration form along with payment by Monday, April 30. For additional questions contact Natalie Winkelfoos via email at natalie.winkelfoos@oberlin.edu