A Page -- April 23, 2011

Gilmour Softball to Host
Second Annual Swing for a

Story from GA Sports Information Department

GATES MILLS – The Gilmour Academy varsity softball team is hosting the Second Annual Swing for a Solution 2011 event in order to raise awareness for autism during its home varsity and junior varsity softball games against Geneva High School on May 11 at 4 p.m. The event was created by Gilmour assistant coach Kristy Booher to show support for fellow assistant Mandy Hansen’s 7-year old son Michael, who is autistic.
“Mandy and I have been best friends since we were 7-years old and softball has always been such a big part of our lives,” said Booher who is also employed by Gilmour as the associate for student affairs and a Middle School volleyball and basketball head coach. “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 2. With Booher being the godson of Hansen’s 8-year old son Mark, she is around often to witness the challenges the family faces because of the illness.

“Motherhood is an all-consuming role in itself,” 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 with autism, 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)

“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 emails I received from parents and teachers who told me about a family member or friend 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.

This year, the event is already off to a better start, although the weather still may be questionable. Booher rallied to find several other teams willing to participate in the event – the Geneva varsity and junior varsity softball teams will play on May 11 and the Laurel Middle School team will play Gilmour’s Middle School team, which is also a participant, on May 5.

“I sent information to all of our opponents in December, then followed up with them in February,” said Booher. “Elishia Pitcher, the head coach at Geneva, wanted to get her program involved, then a parent of a Laurel Middle School softball player, whose son plays baseball at Gilmour, contacted me about getting Laurel involved.”

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.

So far, about 250 items have been purchased. The participating teams have numbers on the sleeves of their shirts, which will be worn for the Swing for a Solution games on May 5 and May 11. Concession stands will also be open at each of the 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 so generously donated by Mel Weltle and AVI – the company responsible for Gilmour’s food service.

“I’m very fortunate to be able to work and coach at a place where the students, staff, faculty and administration are so supportive,” said Booher. “Gilmour believes in serving others, and because of that, the community here has really embraced this event.”

Booher is looking forward to the two Solution events this season. “Last year, it was a very touching moment to see the team lined up on the field before the game as we brought Mandy and her son out to the pitcher’s circle. This year will be even more exciting considering both teams on the field are participating and many of the fans will be wearing the apparel as well.”

“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’m hoping this event can one day become a nationwide occurrence. The plan is to continue this at Gilmour and to also continue to invite our local colleagues,” said Booher. “With the help of coaches such as Elishia Pitcher at Geneva and parents such as Jen Coyle from Laurel, I’m hoping more and more schools will participate each successive year.”

To find out more about Autism Speaks, log on to: www.autismspeaks.org

To make a donation to Gilmour’s Swing for a Solution 2011, contact Kristy Booher at booherk@gilmour.org

Case Reserve Softball Swept at

Otterbein in Doubleheader

By Nick Minerd

WESTERVILLE, OHThe Case Western Reserve University softball team dropped a pair of road games, 4-3 and 10-2, against Otterbein University. The Spartans, which had won 12-of-14, fell to 18-24 overall on the season.

Case is back on the field Monday, April 25 hosting local rival Baldwin-Wallace College at Mather Park. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
There was no score through four innings in the opener, but Otterbein broke through with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 3-0.

Case battled back in the seventh, however, getting a two-run double from junior Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) and a game-tying RBI hit by senior Anneliese Fetterman (Cupertino, CA/Monta Vista). With the score locked at three, the Cardinals scored the walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh on a fielder’s choice.


Freshman Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) dropped to 12-8 overall with the loss, pitching all six innings and allowing four earned runs.

In game two, Case jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI double by Lein before the Cardinals pushed across five in the bottom-half of the inning to take a 5-1 lead. The Spartans answered with one run in the fourth on a solo home run by Wolz – her team-leading eighth of the season.


Case would not score again, however, as Otterbein duplicated their third with another five runs in the fourth to enforce the eight-run rule and win by a final of 10-2. Freshman Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) was tagged with the loss in game two to fall to 6-9 on the year.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Golf Team

Stands Third After First Day of

Heidelberg Tournament

LOCKBOURNE, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team currently stands third of eight  schools after the first day of the Heidelberg University Invitational Tournament at the Mohawk Golf Club in Tiffin. 

The Yellow Jackets fired a 354-stroke first day total on the par-72, and 6,000-yard Mohawk G.C. layout to record the best team score by an NCAA Division III school, including eight strokes better than Ohio Athletic Conference rival Ohio Northern University.  B-W is currently 29 strokes behind first place Bethel (Ind.) College and 19-strokes behind second place St. Francis (Ind.) University, both NAIA schools.

SJA alum Brooke Hamilton

The Yellow Jackets were led by sophomore All-OAC player Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joesph Academy) who fired a first round score of 82, and is currently tied in fifth place individually. Senior captain Nicole Carlone (Canton/ St. Thomas Aquinas) and freshman Emilee Woolf (Ravenna) each had rounds of 87.  Playing as an individual, Carlone’s 87 is a career-best. She and Woolf are tied for 15th individually. 


 Ravenna native Emilee Woolf

Freshman Rebecca Jones (Hillard/ Darby) finished the first round with a 92 and is tied for 22nd overall, sophomore All-OAC standout Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) followed with a 93 and is tied for 24th, and freshman Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) rounded out the starting lineup with a 96.

Rebecca Jones

In addition to Carlone and playing as individuals, freshman Sarah Allred (Akron/ Green) posted a first round score of 98 and sophomore Sarah Terrill (Cuyahoga Falls/ Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) had a 116.


Cornerstone tops Lake Ridge

In high school softball, Lake Ridge Academy was downed by Cornerstone Christian Academy, 13-1.

Terra Soto had two this for the Lions who fall to 2-1. CCA is now 3-0.

Today LRA is at Cleveland Heights  for a double header




Yeomen Bounce Back After Game One to Earn a Split 

With Hiram



By Mike Mancini

Oberlin– After an all-around flat performance in game one that resulted in a 3-0 loss, the Oberlin College baseball team bounced back in a big way as they thumped the visiting Terriers of Hiram 15-0 in game two.

In the nightcap the Yeomen had 10 different players with at least one hit in the game as they finished with a season-high 15. Senior
Max Phinney led the way by going 3-for-3 with five RBI’s and two runs scored. Sophomore Robin Witjes continued to swing a hot bat as he finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Unlike game one, the Yeomen jumped on the Terriers early by scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two innings before exploding with a six-spot in the third. Phinney’s double down the left line in the first inning plated the first two OC runs. In the third
Ben Puterbaugh, Brandon Cantrill (2), Phinney, Eric Knight and Steve DiNanno all had RBI’s. Oberlin belted out six hits in the frame.

Oberlin would later add five more runs in the fifth as they pounded out seven hits in the inning. Highlighting the action was freshman
Drew Karlin’s first-career hit and RBI in what was his first at-bat of the season. Senior pitcher Grady Campion also made the first plate appearance of his career in the sixth, but hit into a fielder’s choice.

Knight (2-4), a sophomore from Scottsdale, Arizona, got the win as he worked the front four innings. Karlin,
Kevin Swanson and Jake Streich-Kest each worked an inning of relief to help preserve the shutout.

In game one things didn’t come as easily for the Yeomen as they had just three hits through five innings. The Terriers’ soft-tossing Andy Marsh baffled the Yeomen hitters as he pitched a complete-game six-hit shutout that saw him walk none and strikeout two.

Hiram (9-16, 1-11 NCAC) was able to push a single run across in the fourth and used two hits and a walk to add two more in the fifth. Yeomen starter
Brandon Cantrill (2-2) took loss despite fanning five and walking just two through seven innings.

The Yeomen did make things interesting in the bottom of the seventh, but left the bases loaded without pushing a single run across. Back-to-back two-out singles by Phinney and Knight brought the tying run to the plate in the form of
Mike McDonald, who loaded the bases by getting hit with a pitch. Pinch hitter Zach Jaspers then hit a sharp grounder that appeared to heading through the hole on the right side, but the Terriers second baseman was able to track it down and retire Jaspers for the game’s final out.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak the Yeomen had against the Terriers in conference play and could loom large in Oberlin’s post-season fate. The Yeomen now rest at 14-16 overall and 5-7 in NCAC play.

In all-Cleveland-college battle, Mount and JCU split twinbill

By Josh Reilly

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Mount Union's softball team split a doubleheader with Ohio Athletic Conference opponent John Carroll y, winning game one 5-3 before coming up short in a 4-3 game-two final.

In the opener, Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland) batted 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored for the Raiders while Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) earned the complete-game win.

McAninch allowed one earned run on nine hits while recording two strikeouts and two walks.

Mount Union opened the scoring in the first inning with a sacrifice fly by Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney). Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton), who reached base with a one-out double, moved to third on a single by Alex Mayo (Greenville/Ansonia) before scoring on Palombaro's flyout.

John Carroll tied the game in its half of the first on an RBI single by Erin Riccardi.

The Purple Raiders snapped the 1-all deadlock with a three-run second inning and led the rest of the way.

Rader and McAninch had consecutive singles and ended up on second and third, respectively, with one out. A two-out walk to Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) loaded the bases and then the visitors plated three straight runs without a hit.

Carmichael reached on an error, which allowed Rader to score; Mayo drew a walk to plate McAninch; and a wild pitch helped Gromes touch the dish as Mount Union snagged a 4-1 advantage.

The Raider lead grew to 5-1 in the third when Rader smashed her home run.

The Blue Streaks came back with two runs in their third inning, both coming in on a Mount Union error, but could not shrink the gap any more.

Riccardi had a 3-for-4 game for John Carroll while Samantha Becker and Angela Vistocco were 2-for-4.

Brittany Danilov suffered the loss in the circle, allowing two earned runs on seven hits. She had six strikeouts and five walks.

In game two, a pair of two-run dingers helped John Carroll compile a 4-0 lead before the hosts held off a late Purple Raider charge.

Down to Mount Union's final out, Rachel Jesso (Mount Pleasant, Pa./Mount Pleasant) singled and Gromes doubled to set up a three-run homer by Carmichael.

At that point, JCU starting pitcher Trisha Pike was lifted in favor of reliever Morgan Robinson, who struck out Mayo to end the game.

The Streaks went ahead on Mackenzie Griffin's two-run bomb in the first inning and expanded the lead on a two-run shot by Danilov in the fourth.

Pike finished with 6 2/3 innings pitched and allowed three runs on six hits while striking out seven batters and walking three.

Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) tossed six innings for Mount Union and was tacked with the loss. She gave up four runs on five hits while recording six strikeouts and one walk.

The Raiders will be in action next on today when they host Capital for a 1 p.m.

Carroll, Mount split two baseball games

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE  -- Three Mount Union pitchers combined to hold John Carroll to five hits in a 7-2 game two win which salvaged an Ohio Athletic Conference baseball split after the Blue Streaks won game one, 10-3, at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

Purple Raider pitchers in freshman Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic), sophomore Trent Vallinger (Poland/Poland Seminary) and senior Cody Colly (Massillon/Massillon Washington) combined to scatter five hits and strike out six to lead Mount Union.

Murzynski allowed only three hits and one earned run through 5.1 innings to pick up the win, Vallinger did not allow a hit in 1/3 inning of work while Colly allowed only two hits over the final 3.1 innings to get his second save of the season.

This was all more enough for a Mount Union offense that posted double digit hits for the sixth time over the last nine games as the Raiders got seven runs on 14 hits.

Senior designated hitter Britt Williams (Canton/Massillon Jackson) hit three doubles and scored twice while junior Craig Knott (Canton/GlenOak) along with freshmen C.J. Stotler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) and Lee Grosscup (North Canton/Green) each drove in two runs.

John Carroll was up 1-0 and starter Pat O'Brien had faced the minimum through 3.2 innings but with two outs in the fourth, senior Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) started things with a double then two more doubles by Knott and freshman Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) gave Mount Union a 2-1 lead.

The Raiders tacked on another run in the fifth as Williams started off the inning with a walk then an errand pick off attempt got him all the way to third base and promply Stotler drove him in on a single to extend the lead to 3-1.

The Blue Streaks got one back in the sixth before Mount Union blew the game open in the seventh as it started the inning with five-straight hits -- the last of those being a two-RBI single by Grosscup.  The Raiders put four more runs on the board and Colly made it stick for the 7-2 final.

In game one, John Carroll belted out 12 hits, scored 10 runs while pitcher Tom Schraberl gave up only two runs and struck out eight over six innings to get the win in a 10-3 Blue Streak victory.

Mount Union was plauged by four errors in the field while at the plate only Ferrell and freshman Jimmy Dobran (Poland/Poland Seminary) had multi-hit games. 

Ferrell went 3-for-4 and crushed his fifth homer of the season while Dobran had a pair of hits.

Demons go to 6-0 in SWC with win over Falls
Westlake’s tennis team improved to 7-1 in all matches, 7-0 in reguilar season matches (not including the coaches’ cup) and 6-0 in the Southwestern Conference with a 4-1 win over Olmsted Falls.

The Results:


1. Colton Buffington (W) d. Sohan Vartak 6-0, 6-0 (OF)

2. Jason Wissman (W) d. Lucas Altstadt (OF) 6-0, 6-0

3. Abhi Ramachandran (W) d. Mark Zapotosky (OF) 6-1, 6-3


1. Colin Kloock/Michael Snelly (OF) d. JT Rapaport/Kevin Wang (W) 6-5, 6-2

2. Stephen Fleischer/Kent Dinchman (W) d. Alex Snelly/Taylor Webber (OF) 6-1, 6-2