A Page -- April 14, 2010

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Kent uses five-man pitching cluster, 

three-RBI effort by Hoban's Kyle 

McMillen to top CSU at The Freight

April 14, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




AVON –Kent State used a committee of pitchers to put Cleveland State’s bats to sleep today on the way to a, 6-3, non-conference collegiate baseball victory today here at All Pro Freight Stadium.

Hoban alumnus Kyle McMillen aided the five Flash flame throwers with a three-hit day that included an RBI single in the first that put the Flashes up for good and a two-run double in the fourth that padded the lead in a four-run rally.


Cleveland State’s lone offensive effort came from Akron Garfield alumnus Kyle Shaffer, who drilled his sixth home run of the season, a solo launch in the fourth inning. He is now tied for the team lead in long balls with Chuck Gasti and Bob Suitca.

Kyle Shaffer

CSU (8-21) had one decent rally when Tom Carter doubled home Holy Name grad Alex Gnezda and then scored on a grounder by St. Ignatius alum Alex Johnson to make it a 6-3 game but it was too little to late on concerted Kent pitching effort.



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Yellow Jackets Defeat OAC Rival 

Mount Union College, 7-2, for 

Seventh Straight Win

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Mount Union College, 7-2, today (Wednesday, April 14, 2010) at the “Pop” Collins Tennis Courts in Berea. B-W has now won seven matches in a row.

With its win, B-W improves to 10-7 overall and a perfect 4-0 in the OAC. Mount Union falls to 10-4 overall and 2-2 in the OAC.
Jenny Greene

The Yellow Jackets took a 2-1 lead in doubles as the number two duo of sophomore Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) and junior Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) won 8-2, and the No.3 team of junior Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) and senior Andrea Essig (Conneaut/ Ashtabula Edgewood) won 8-3.

St. Ignatius High School logo

Wildcats bounce back by blanking 

Avon Lake

April 14, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER -- St. Ignatius bounced back from its one-point loss to Westlake last night with tonight’s 5-0 blanking of another Southwestern Conference school, Avon Lake.

The Wildcats (3-1)  defeated Avon Lake (4-3) on the strength by singles wins by James Oliver over Ben Troyer, 6-1, 6-0 at first singles, Tom Mascia over Nick Trzceciak 6-0, 6-3; at second singles and Sean Frebes over Jon O'Donnell at third singles 6-0, 6-0.

Avon Lake HS logo


Doubles Amar Shah and Mike Nichols, and Chad Burton and Mark Georgy won at doubles for the Cats.

B-W Softball Team Swept by OAC 

Rival Mount Union

By Nick Minerd

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team lost both games of a doubleheader with Ohio Athletic Conference rival Mount Union College this afternoon (Wednesday, April 14, 2010) at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field in Berea. The Yellow Jackets lost game one, 3-1, and dropped the nightcap, 9-6.

B-W falls to 14-11 overall and 4-4 in the OAC. Mount Union improves to 17-11 overall and 5-3 in the OAC.

In game one, Mount Union took advantage of two B-W errors and scored unearned runs in the first and third innings. The Yellow Jackets got on the board in their half of the third when sophomore pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) singled home senior outfielder Mallory Kobak (Independence).
Former Coug Sarah Baker

Iggy alum Frank Desico makes a 

"Charlie Hustle-type" impact in 

South Bend for ND baseball

April 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SOUTH BEND – St. Ignatius alum Frank Desico, who played on the 2008 state-runner up team to St. Edward, has made an immediate impact on the Notre Dame University baseball team here, hustling his way into one of the chief Student/Athletes in the Irish diamondmen fold.

The freshman infielder has played in 26 of the Irish’s first 28 games starting 23 of them and ranking among the team’s leading hitters with a .344 batting average.

Among his 31 hits, he has six doubles and a home run. He has scored 18 runs, driven in 14 and has a .444 slugging percentage.


Freshman second baseman Frank Desico had a career-best four hits in Tuesday night's victory over Oakland..


On top of it all, Desico has had no problem adjusting to the academic aspect of college either, carrying a 3.2 accumulative grade point average.

The Notre Dame press-relations department in his bio form list Desico as a “Charlie Hustle-type” player, a nickname previously afforded only to baseball’s all-time hit leader Pete Rose, who is celebrating his 69th birthday today.

Prior to the season, they had predicted that Desico would get time early due to his versatility at all infield positions, something the original Charlie Hustle also perfected throughout his career.

Playing second base, Desico picked up his first career hit in the third game of the season, a 19-3 win over Mississippi Valley State. He had two hits in a 4-2 win over Stetson, including a hit-and-run double in two-run third inning that made it 3-0.


His first RBI came on a bases-loaded walk in a 10-6 win over Bradley. He had a pair of two-hit games in a 6-3 win over Gonzaga and an 11-5 rout of Ball State. He also drove in two runs against the Cardinals.

Frank Desico


Desico scored three runs to go with his multiple-hit game in a 12-8 win over Georgetown.

His best game so far came last Tuesday when he banged out four hits in a 13-6 win over Oakland. The Irish was trailing the Grizzlies 2-1 in the third when Desico blasted a home run within a rally that put the hosts up for good.

Most recently, Desico scored a run in the rallying inning that put the Irish ahead in yesterday’s 6-4 win over Chicago State.

For the Wildcats, Desico collected 51 hits in each his junior and senior seasons, first setting a school record and then tying his own while batting .444.

Junior Cole Johnson allowed two earned runs in 5.2 innings of work to pick up the victory.

Cole Johnson

Also for the Irish, Hudson alum Cole Johnson has started four games on the mound, posting a 1-3 record. He has struck out nine and walked six.

Johnson pitched the Irish to a victory in the season opener, throwing the first 5.2 innings in a 12-4 win over Mississippi Valley State, but has struggled ever since that outing.


“2010 Frontier League Champions to broadcast Sunday home games on AM 930 WEOL”


April 14, 2010

By  Nicolle Meyer

Avon—The Lake Erie Crushers’ game broadcast has found a new home. Starting this season, fans will be able to tune-in to AM 930 WEOL to follow the team live during every Sunday home game. The team plays ten regular season Sunday home games this season at All Pro Freight Stadium.


The Crushers acquired a large following in their story book inaugural season.  The team battled throughout the summer for a place in the playoffs and ultimately captured the Frontier League Championship. In their first season, the team broadcasted all 96 games regular season games and ten playoff games on SportJuice.com. The webcast’s listener base grew throughout the season, peaking during the Championship game in River City.


“We are very excited to expand our partnership with WEOL,” said General Manager Ryan Gates. “Not only are they great people to work with, they are leaders throughout Lorain County and the region who genuinely care about providing the best coverage possible for our local teams at the high school, college and professional level. This partnership provides us greater visibility throughout the region and allows our fans greater access to the team and Crushers baseball.”


“Working with the Crushers over the past year has been a great experience”, said WEOL Operations Manager Craig Adams, “and it’s a thrill for us to bring select Sunday evening games to our audience.  Our Tim Alcorn and Rob Polinsky have more than 40 years of combined, award-winning professional play-by-play experience, and you can count on them to capture all of the excitement of Lake Erie Crushers baseball!”

WEOL is the oldest radio station in Lorain County. Part of a six station network, including K96 Country, WKFM 96.1 and the new V 107.3. Together these stations cover eight counties with a population of two million consumers with more than 300,000 weekly listeners. WEOL covers the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Columbus Blue JacketsFox Sport Radio, as well as local high school football, basketball, baseball and softball.




          5/23        vs. Traverse City Beach Bums

          6/13        vs. Gateway Grizzlies

          6/20        vs. Windy City ThunderBolts

          6/27        vs. Oakland County Cruisers

          7/4          vs. Evansville Otters

          7/18        vs. Windy City ThunderBolts

          8/1          vs. Kalamazoo Kings

          8/8          vs. Oakland County Cruisers

          8/27        vs. Southern Illinois Miners

          9/5          vs. Kalamazoo Kings

          **All games start at 5:05 p.m.

Baseball - Mount Union Rallies 

to Sweep Baldwin-Wallace in Key 

OAC Series; Tracy goes 7-for-9 

at the plate 

April 14

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE--Mount Union's baseball team rallied from a 7-1 deficit in game two to pull out a 9-7 win and along with an 11-2 in game one swept Baldwin-Wallace in an Ohio Athletic Conference series today at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

The sweep evens the Purple Raiders record in OAC play at 4-4 and elevates their overall mark to 13-10, while Baldwin-Wallace falls to 7-14 overall and 2-4 in the OAC.



‘Berg Drops game to the #6 Scots

Wooster, Ohio – April 14, 2010 – The no. 4 ranked Heidelberg University baseball team dropped a 5-1 decision to the no. 6 ranked College of Wooster today at Art Murray Field. The Berg now stands at 23-5 while the Scots improve to 21-6 on the year.
Heidelberg and Wooster exchanged one run a piece in the first inning.

Euclid's Williams
The Berg’s Elvin Williams (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) and Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start) got things started with back-to-back singles. With runners on the corners Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland) grounded into a double play, while bringing home Williams to take the early 1-0 lead.



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