A Page -- April 20, 2012 -- AM Edition

Yeowomen Drop Two Nail Biters to Thiel

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College softball team was victimized by two late-inning home runs, which propelled the visiting Thiel College Tomcats to a sweep of the Yeowomen on Wednesday afternoon. Thiel took game one 8-6 in eight innings before winning game two 6-5.

In the lid-lifter the Yeowomen spotted the Tomcats a four-run lead until their bats finally came alive in the bottom of the fifth inning. In the rally, 11 Oberlin hitters come to plate, which resulted in six OC runs. Kristine Kuchta’s single to center sent Kelsey Steineracross the dish for Oberlin’s first run of the game. Emily King then followed suit with a run-producing single and then Katie Baldonieri kept the offensive onslaught in motion with a two-run double to the gap in left center. Rookie Paris Gravley continued the fun with a two-RBI single of her own to left field, which gave the Yeowomen a 6-4 cushion.

Unfortunately it would not stay that way for long as the Tomcats used two hits and took advantage of two critical OC errors to even things right back up at 6-all in the top of the sixth. 

Both teams went scoreless in the seventh to force extra innings. With the international tie-breaking rule in effect, which automatically places a runner at second base to start the eighth inning, Tomcats catcher Danielle Massengill lifted a two-run home run over the wall in right field to give Thiel the win.

In the second game, Baldonieri put the Yeowomen on top in the first inning as her single sent King home. However, Thiel would respond with five runs in the top of the second off of Oberlin starter Katie Pieplow, who then settled down to keep them scoreless all the way till the seventh.

Trailing by four, 5-1, Oberlin displayed its never-say-die attitude as they railed back to tie the game after scoring three in the fifth and one in the sixth.

In the fifth, Baldonieri would once again come through in the clutch with a two-run double to left center and then Pieplow helped her own cause with an RBI double of her own. In the sixth Kuchta’s opposite field bloop single to right field allowed Jennifer Goldsmithto score the game-tying run.

Unfortunately in the top half of the seven, Amy Dolan led off the inning with her first home run of the season to put Thiel right back out in front.

The Yeowomen threatened in the bottom of the seventh as singles by Kristen Dix and Cheryl Lindsly with just one out put the pressure on the Thiel defense, but relief pitcher Ali House was able to get the next to hitters to ground out to end the game.

Baldonieri finished the twinbill with three hits, two doubles and five RBI’s. Pieplow, Kuchta and Goldsmith also had three hits each on the day.

Oberlin returns to action on Saturday afternoon when it host Hiram College at 12 p.m. In between games, Oberlin will honor its senior class of Dix, Kuchta and Baldonieri.

Former Indians All-Star Andre Thronton Will Be Featured 

Student/Athlete Night Speaker April 30

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Former Major League Baseball All-Star Andre Thornton will be the featured speaker at Lake Erie College’s Student/Athlete Appreciation Night on Monday, April 30, in the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.  The event, presented by the Lake Erie Student/Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to members of the campus community.

“Mr. Thornton was identified early in the process as our top choice to be the speaker due to his great accomplishments on the diamond and in the business world,” said program organizer Ricky Volante (Tappahannock, Va./Tappahannock), SAAC Vice President and a member of the Storm baseball team. “We want the setup for this year's event to create continuity in the department and to bring in a prominent speaker every year. There is no better place to start than with Mr. Thornton.”

“It will also be a great opportunity for our student-athletes to hear from someone who is proven success story, both on and off the field of play and someone who has overcome great obstacles and persevered to become the leader he is.”

During the event, the Storm Department of Athletics will recognize its nearly 300 student-athletes who have earned cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher as part of the National STUDENT/Athlete Day program and present its winter all-conference honorees. 

In addition, SAAC will present its “Student-Athlete of the Season” awards for winter sports. 

“This event also offers SAAC a chance to take a central role in putting on a major event on campus and within the Department of Athletics,” Volante added. “Which, we hope, will get more people interested in being involved with the committee and helping us move towards to our future goals and aspirations. “

Thornton, a two-time American League All-Star with the Cleveland Indians, is a member of the Indians Hall of Fame and has been a successful businessman and leader in the Cleveland community since his retirement in 1987.  He is currently the President and CEO of ASW Global, a supply chain management company. 

During his professional baseball career, Thornton was a honored recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award in 1979, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and team contribution, and was named the 1982 American League Comeback Player of the Year.  He is co-author of the book Triumph Born of Tragedy and is a magna cum laude graduate of Capital University.  Thornton currently is on the board of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Greater Akron Chamber, and holds the chair for the Ohio Region of the International Warehouse and Logistics Association.  His leadership roles also include serving as Kent State University President's Ambassador and he is a member/graduate of Leadership Cleveland 1997.

Thornton’s appearance is made possible by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)/NCAA Enhancement Grant for educational programming.

Student/Athlete Appreciation Night kicks off SAAC's inaugural Student/Athlete Week on campus, which runs through Sunday, May 6.  

'Berg Softball Looks to Build Momentum Heading Into 


TIFFIN, Ohio-Fresh off its first doubleheader sweep since March 21, the
Heidelberg University softball team will look to carry its momentum into the
opening series of a six-game homestand Saturday when it hosts the University
of Mount Union in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Hedges Boyer
Park in Tiffin, Ohio.  The first game is slated for 1 p.m.  The Berg will
follow-up Saturday's twinbill with two non-conference games Monday against
Alma (Mich.) College.

Live stats for both games will be available at

Heidelberg (15-13, 5-6 OAC) currently sits in a tie with Capital University
for fifth place in the league standings, but stands a chance to jump into
third with Saturday's league slate of games.  Senior first baseman Bessie
Artino (Bellevue) and senior catcher Megan Reinhart (Tiffin/Fostoria
Hopewell-Loudon) each hit two home runs and senior right handed pitcher
Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora/Evergreen) and junior southpaw Ali Sayre
(Sylvania/Northview) each hurled complete games Tuesday en route to a sweep
of Baldwin-Wallace College.

The 'Berg offense boasts three hitters pacing above the .350 clip.  Artino
(.424, 37 RBI, 5 HR, 24 R) ranks inside the OAC's top-10 in hits (42),
batting average, home runs, runs scored, slugging percentage (.677) and
leads the circuit in runs batted-in.  Artino also leads the team with 11
multi-RBI games and is riding a 12-game hitting streak.  Sophomore center
fielder Jami Wagner (Alvada/New Riegel) (.402, 8, 0, 32) is seventh in the
OAC in hitting, tied for third in runs scored, tied for fifth in hits (41)
and is 10th in on-base percentage (.445), and leads the team with 16 stolen
bases in 20 attempts.  Sophomore left fielder Julie Okorn (Euclid) (.354,
12, 0, 19) is hitting at a productive rate and Pinkelman (.291, 29, 7, 20),
in addition to her mound duties, is third in the league in home runs, tied
for fourth in RBI and is seventh in slugging (.658).

In the circle, Sayre and Pinkelman have combined to start 21 of 28 games.
Sayre (3.39 ERA, 51 K, 79.2 IP) is 5-7 in 14 appearances (11 starts) and is
ninth in the league in innings pitched and strikeouts, respectively.
Pinkelman (4.95, 50, 63.2) is 5-4 in 12 appearances (10 starts).  Both are
tied for eighth in the conference with seven complete games and have each
hurled a shutout.  Freshman righty Christine Foster (Luckey/Eastwood) (4.15,
10, 30.1) is 3-1 in seven appearances (four starts) and has pitched two
complete games.

Mount Union (16-18, 6-8 OAC) has won four of its last five games following a
sweep Tuesday over Capital University.  Bre Willis and Rachel McAninch each
turned in complete games in the circle and combined for 11 strikeouts.

Kristen Gromes, Leigh Siedlak and Marissa Earl lead the Purple Raiders
offensively.  Gromes (.361, 11, 3, 31) is third in the OAC in walks (18),
tied for fifth in in runs scored, is seventh in OBP (.483) and 10th in
slugging (.639).  Siedlak (.347, 20, 5, 15) is tied for fifth in the league
in home runs.  Earl (.308, 28, 5, 24) is fourth in the conference in walks
(17), sixth in RBI and tied with Siedlak and Artino for sixth in homers.

Bre Willis and Rachel McAninch key the Mount Union pitching staff with a
combined 32 starts in 34 games.  Willis (2.49, 68, 92.2) is 8-8 and is tied
for third in the OAC in wins, is fifth in strikeouts, sixth in innings
pitched and eighth in ERA.  McAninch (3.83, 82, 115.0) is 6-10 and is third
in the league in innings pitched, fourth in strikeouts and tied for 10th in

Heidelberg will have a short turnaround before hosting Alma on Monday at
3:30 p.m.  The Berg will host its final OAC twinbill of the season Wednesday
against Otterbein University.

Stuffel flirts with perfect game in big Warrior win

Brown and Frye key Warrior offense as WJ regains tie for first in North Coast League

CUYAHOGA FALLS, April 17: Junior RHP Bennet Stuffel flirted with perfection yesterday for 5-2/3 innings before rival Archbishop Hoban broke through with their first hit & baserunner of the day on an infield single. 

Stuffel went on to hurl a masterful complete game three hit shutout, striking out five and walking none as the Warriors rebounded on the back end of the back-to-back with a 6-0 victory. Keying the WJ offense was talented 

Junior prospect Cassidy Brown, who was a perfect three for three on the day including a deep home run, his 3rd of the year. Senior Slippery Rock recruit Graeme Frye had a multi-hit day of his own, including a key two-out RBI single in the third. Also hitting well for the Warriors was Senior Drew Miletti, Senior Anthony Nemer, Sophomores Trevor Ray and Kyle Holdsworth, and Freshmen Blake Jenkins with an RBI single and Dominic Mittiga. 

The win helped regain a tie for first place in the North Coast League standings for the Maroon and Gold with two series remaining to play, and was dedicated to Mr. Chad Crawford, a good friend to the Walsh Jesuit program who is courageously battling cancer and honored the program by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

With the victory, the Warriors improve to 10-2 on the year, 5-1 in NCL play.

Carreira Selected To Play For AFC Cleveland

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College redshirt junior goalkeeper Ricky Carreira (Toronto, Ont./Dante Alighieri Academy) has been selected to play for the newly formed AFC Cleveland Soccer Club.

Carreira, a two-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team goalie, finished second in the GLIAC with 98 saves in 2011.  In 2010, Carreira led NCAA Division II with 168 saves.  He was in the goal for two shutouts in 2011 and even assisted a key goal against Northwood in a 2-1 overtime win on Oct. 16.  Against Saginaw Valley State on Oct. 14, Carriera made his 280th career save to break the Lake Erie record.

Ricky Carreira

"This is a great chance for Ricky to play with and against some outstanding players," said Lake Erie Head Coach Davie Carmichael.  "Getting to see Ricky play twice a year, the coaches within the GLIAC have certainly taken note of his tremendous skill and we hope AFC Cleveland allows him to show off his talents in front of a wider audience."

AFC Cleveland is a soccer club that is plays in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). AFC Cleveland is wholly owned and operated by Sports Management Group LLC and will play home contests at Byers Field in Parma, Ohio.

The team will play 12 matches regionally in the Midwest Division of the 48-team NPSL, recognized by the United States Soccer Federation and FIFA as a Division IV league.

For more information, visit www.afccleveland.com.

High School Tennis

Westlake (5) d. Brecksville/Broadville Hts.(0)
Westlake Seasonal Record: 6 and 2
Westake SWC Record: 4 and 0
1.  Colton Buffington d. Lionetti 6-0,6-0 - Golden Ball Award
2.  JT Rapaport d. Perisutti 6-2, 6-1
3.  Connor Michelich d. Wellanki 6-0, 6-1
1.  Aakash Shah/Krish Shah d. Holupnik/Phillips 6-2, 6-0
2.  Cal Craven/Ameesh Shah d. Eshelman/Belovich 6-2, 6-3