B Page -- April 21, 2010

Lakewood/Berg Moran Twins ...

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The Berg started the season off with eight straight wins, earning the seventh and eighth in a double-header win over Wooster and Drew, in The South. In the 6-4 win, the Morans provided back-to-back singles and scored runs in the third-inning rally that made the difference in the game.

Although their accomplishments are theirs and theirs alone, bloodlines did plant the seeds for the Moran twins’s successes. Parents Frank and Colleen Moran are both in the Greater Cleveland Softball Hall of Fame in Euclid.

Colleen (Kelley) Moran was a catcher at Cleveland State in the slo-pitch era prior to school’s transition to fast-pitch and then played adult softball for a long tenure including during times she was pregnant.

Frank played on nationally accomplished sandlot teams and once went by the moniker “Wheels” because legend has it that he had reputation of hitting the ball back to the pitcher and subsequently beating the throw to first base. That quality that borders on an anomaly could have come in handy with bunting and slapping in fast-pitch.


Also key contributors to The Berg’s .667 season so far have been Firelands grad Dana Thoms and Keystone alumna Ashley Stromack. Thoms is 11-8 on the mound with a 2.52 ERA and 51 strikeouts.


Stromack is hitting .362 with seven doubles and 14 RBIs.

B-W Tennis ...

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B-W gained an early 3-0 advantage after doubles play as the number one duo of senior No.4 singlesplayer Andy Redd (Archbold) and junior No.2 player Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward) defeated Heidelberg's Bobby Lochotzki and Dylan Booth, 8-2; the No.2 tandem of sophomore No.1 player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and sophomore Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) dominated Heidelberg's Patrick Ryan Earl and Miles Yetter, 8-1; and the No.3 duo of freshman No.3 player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and classmate Ty Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y./ Maplegrove) beat The Berg duo of Tim Hanes and Bradley Cerveny, 8-1.


After this match, Horvath and Beaton are now 13-2 this season, Redd and Lachman have a 14-5 mark and Trzeciak and Long are 12-5 overall.

In singles play, the Yellow Jackets won all six matches to secure the shutout. Trzeciak beat Lochotzki at No.1, 6-0 and 6-3; Lachman beat Cerveny at No.2, 6-1 and 6-1; Horvath beat Booth at No.3, 6-0 and 6-0; Redd beat Earl at No.4, 6-0 and 6-1; junior Sam Burris (Wooster/ Senior) beat Yetter at No.5, 6-0 and 6-0; and junior Bobby Irwin (Ashland/ Senior) beat Hanes at No.6, 6-0 and 6-1. In a B-W lineup change, Horvath moved up to No.3 and Redd down to No.4.


With his win at No.4 singles, Horvath is now 18-1 overall. In addition, Trzeciak is now 13-6, Lachman is 11-6, Redd is 10-9, Burris is 14-5 and Irwin is 11-4 overall.

The Yellow Jackets next play on Saturday, April 24 when they host Wilmington College in an OAC match on the Collins Courts in Berea at 1:00 p.m.

B-W Baseball ...

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Strongsville native Jason Lash had two hits in each game for the Berg.


In game one, Heidelberg went ahead 1-0 with a solo homerun by Gar Keen in the top of the first. The "Berg" threatened to add to its lead in the third but was turned away when B-W freshman leftfielder Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./St. Josephs Collegiate Institute) laid out to make a spectacular diving catch down the line. However, the Students Princes kept the pressure on and added two key runs with three hits in the fourth.

Anthony Longhitano

B-W got on the board in the fourth when senior designated hitter Scott Nealon (Avon Lake) doubled and eventually scored on a fielder's choice by sophomore shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls). Toughey then drove a double to left center to plate Longhitano.

The Jacket defense came through once again in the top of the fifth when senior second baseman Matt Rollins (Wallbridge/Millbury Lake) made a diving catch in short right center then doubled up a runner at second.

The Student Princes added an insurance run with two hits in the seventh to lead 4-2. B-W scored a two-out run on an error in the bottom of the inning but left the tying run on second as Heidelberg held on, 4-3.

On the mound, senior Justin Novak (Strongsville) started on short rest and pitched six and one-third innings to fall to 3-3. He allowed four runs (all earned) on 11 hits and struck out five. Senior Scott Luthman (Celina) came on in relief and recorded the final two outs in the seventh.

At the plate, freshman centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria/Senior) was 2-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases. Senior rightfielder Ted Cowling (Streetsboro) also was 2-for-3.

Nolan Neuschaefer

In game two, the Yellow Jackets scored one in the first when Rollins doubled and scored on a single by senior third baseman Jim Martin (Euclid). The Student Princes took advantage of three walks and a hit batter to score three times in the second.  B-W got one in the third when Rollins singled, moved two bases on an error, and scored on another Martin single.

Heidelberg then opened the game up with five runs in the fourth and eight in the sixth.

Alex Monroe, a Kenston alum, had two hits and scored two runs in the second game. He had a hit and drove in two runs in the first game.


On the mound, freshman David Redovian (Copley) started and went the first two innings and took the loss to fall to 0-2 this season.

At the plate, Rollins was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs batted-in and two runs scored. Martin was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

Crushers Baseball ...

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“We are thrilled to be the sponsor of the National Anthem again this year.  We know that people who vote, pay their taxes and are especially patriotic tend to extend their good citizenship to giving blood.  So it’s a salute to those folks and that spirit of caring,” said Lisa Mayles, LifeShare spokesperson.

The team is also looking for talented bands to potentially perform this summer at the ballpark. Bands are unpaid, but receive tickets to the game and the invaluable exposure of playing before thousands of fans. Bands must provide all of their own sound equipment.

Interested individuals or groups should pre-register for the Talent and National Anthem Auditions at the Crushers website www.LakeErieCrushers.com. There is no fee to participate. For more information, please contact Nicolle Meyer at nmeyer@lakeeriecrushers.com.

Opening Day and single game tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 24th at All Pro Freight Stadium beginning at 9 a.m.  Online and phone orders will begin at noon.  Fans can still guarantee Opening Day tickets before Saturday by purchasing them along with a 12-game $99 ticket plan.  Packages can be ordered by calling 440-934-3636.

Lake Erie/Notre Dame Baseball ...

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Nordquist was lifted in the sixth in favor of Vermilion native Adam Beach who kept the pick-off theme alive by Elyria native Jon Koepf napping at second base when the Falcons had two runners on and none out.  He almost got out of it, but then Zientarski drove in a run with a single to get the Falcons on the board and make it a 2-1 game. Beach finally escaped to the seventh with still a 2-1 lead.


Listen to post game interview of Adam Beach by clicking on link below and downloading


Wadsworth’s Matt Fritz replaced Mora on the hill in the seventh for NDC. He retired the side in his first inning of work.

Matt Fritz


 After yielding a one-out triple to Mentor alumnus Brandon James in the eighth, Fritz was able to put down the last two batters.


NDC knocked on the door in the eighth when Pat Ross doubled, Tony Younis reached on a bunt single and Zientarski walked, but Beach got out of ithe bases loaded jam by getting Travis Brown to hit into an inning-ending double play

Nordquist wound up getting the win and Beach the save. Ironically, up until this point, Beach was a starter and Nordquist a reliever.