A Page -- April 4, 2011

Gov. Kasich Senate Bill 5 signing should 

make public schools more competitive 

with privates in Student/Athletics than 

will OHSAA's separatist movement in 

guise of new divisional breakdown 


  April 4, 2011

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Norm’s Notebook


Perhaps one day in the future high school sports fans in Ohio might see a time when the public schools will be able to compete with the private schools at the championship district, regional and state levels, but if it comes, it would not surface as a result of the new criteria for determining divisions the Ohio High School Athletic Association just decided on and released during this school year with the intent to place into action in the near coming school years.

No, instead this appearance of parity and leveling or at least “smoothing” or “refining” of the lopsided unbalance of number of state titles won by private schools in comparison to those won by public schools will come from such political action as Senate Bill 5 signed by Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio) this past week.

In essence, the bill enables local governments to have more control over how public funds are allocated to public workers, which include public school teachers and coaches. For public school purposes, until the passing of this bill, these budgets were controlled by the dictates of teachers’ unions, which adheres mainly to concepts that worked from 1917-1990 in Eastern Europe and even to some degree here, but, as we all know, always eventually found at the core level to be “losers” in form and practicum.

At the team level, what has made the private school Student/Athletes more successful than the public school ones? Plain and simple, the determining factor is discipline. It might be added that the "Student/Athlete" concept evolves from the element of discipline – the two going hand in hand at all times – physical discipline fuels mental discipline and mental discipline fuels physical discipline with a synthesis of champions as an end result.

Simply stated, both coaches and S/As have to perform in a private school situation or their days are numbered. The only way to consistently perform is through discipline.

In a public school situation, there has been a different deal. As the mythical Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s first Wall Street movie aptly proclaimed, “We have a survival of the un-fittest.”

The same way teachers promote students through classes and through school years in public schools with little accountability on the students’ part in “earning” the grade or promotion or graduation, the teachers themselves (and by extension coaches to some degree) are promoted from semester to semester and from year to year all the way to retirement with little annual accountability along the way to reach the final voluntary exit 35 or 40 years later – often with a lucrative post-work years package.

While coaches get replaced more often than they had in the past, those are merely supplemental contracts with a remuneration that is a pittance in comparison to the monetarily fat teaching prize in primary pay, but certainly is based on the same type of stagnation.

As is the case in nearly every private sector occupation in which workers need to resell themselves regularly and prove their value and what they have actually contributed to make any given business profitable, public school teachers do not have to do this, which means they don’t need to have the discipline to perform at the highest level, translating into sub-academic performances by students and subsequently sub-athletic achievements by Student/Athletes.

See, the difference is that private schools are like private businesses, while public schools are like public entities or public agencies. Anyone who has had to go through the county or city or state to obtain a service knows the layers of bureaucracy, paper, methodical procedures and slowdowns one must go through in order to get a simple thing accomplished that in a private business is usually a done deal within five minutes.

If a private business does not perform (and when it does not it is almost always due to lack of discipline), it loses and becomes unprofitable and has to shut down. Thus coaches and by extension Student/Athletes perform better due to the do-or-die situation at hand.

If a public “business” does not perform, the discipline factor, as a rule, has been nonexistent because when it loses and becomes unprofitable, it still does not matter. In today’s Orwellian doubletalk, PC world, “losing” is the same as “winning” and “unprofitability” and “profitability” mean the same thing. The “business” continues to run because the government can always print more money, currency which is getting more and more useless thanks to the international banking cartel partly as a result of pushing un-American ideas globally including in American schools.

Private school coaches know they have to produce at the best level in order to keep the schools and teams in business and Student/Athletes in turn know they have to perform (both academically and athletically) in order to keep attracting the best coaches and mentors and to remain a part of winning teams, programs and school traditions. There still is a weeding out process in both the coaching and S/A levels in private schools that is highly unmatched at the public school level.

During then “candidate” Kasich’s campaign, this writer, who incidentally worked for governors in two other states in past years, wrote a number of letters during 2010 to the now governor indicating that the best way to fix Ohio was to do it at the fundamental level – with the major tinkering to be done in the schools, re-establishing a “winning attitude,” during the formative learning years of Ohio/American Citizens.

In essence, the essays suggested for the candidate/Governor elect/Governor to look at what works and borrow the concepts from there. Ohio’s private schools have achieved academically and athletically in far greater bounty than public school counterparts. Here could be found the answers.

Whether Governor Kasich took any of those communiqué `s to heart or not in making his decision is not important, but what is important is that a lot of the language in the bill has been designed to free public school teachers and coaches from the “adequate is good enough” shackles, enabling them to reestablish the vigor they had in their youths and perform greater under pressure and with more discipline, thus, translating into greater achievements for their Student/Athletes through this transferred idea of  surviving through necessity.

In the bill, language such as this could be found:

“The policy shall establish a teacher evaluation

system that does the following:

 Is evidence-based and uses multiple measures of a teacher's use of

knowledge and skills and of students' academic progress; ,…”


“The board shall conduct an evaluation of each teacher employed

by the board at least once each school year …” 


“any school year in which the board may wish to declare its intention not to re-employ the teacher …”


“The director of development, when establishing the salary schedules, shall use performance as the only basis for an employee's progression through the schedule …”.


“If the board delegates to the administrator the authority to fix

employee compensation in accordance with the wage and salary schedule

established by the board  …”

In each of those statements, whether applied to teachers or coaches or neither, the language suggests that it is no longer going to be “business as usual” in public “worker” life as Kasich has echoed in his first few months in office. Also Gordon Gekko also stated, “Either you win, or you get eliminated.”

The only language in the bill that needs reworking is:

“In making these reductions in nonteaching

employees, the commission shall not use seniority as the only factor in

determining dismissals.”

“Seniority” is one term that has become antiquated and should be stricken from an “Orwellian Newspeak” dictionary or any other dictionary for that matter since its usage has little currency in general public discourse and is limited to merely academia and automotive plants. “Nonteaching” could include coaches (in 1984-ean doublethink one never knows for sure), but this elimination of seniority as a factor should be rewritten to include teachers as well – especially to those just “riding out” their remaining years to retirement and 80 percent pension pay of their “work” pay and double-dipping options in other school districts forthcoming.

A side point to this is that often some of the best coaches are eliminated from positions because of gauche notions like “seniority” bumping non-teachers from their coaching posts because the school or board wanted to put a union teacher in the slot to function as a “coach.” One area public high school soccer coach was vaporized from his post this way despite that he was with a group of girls he had been coaching since they were six years old, but luckily a few years later because of thinking by his public school system more advanced than most others, he was able to return again to the post and promptly churned out more winners and naturally coaching accolades for himself as voted by his peers. 

The major point to remember is that private school coaches and teachers still get paid far less than their public school counterparts. Coaches at places like St. Edward, St. Ignatius, Benedictine and University School get their boys and at places like Hathaway Brown, Magnifiicat, St. Joseph and Beaumont get their girls to perform and win not because of a guaranteed compensation package but because of the intrinsic value of winning, which goes a much longer way than a false sense of security sugarcoated as an “entitlement.”

Mount Sweeps Wilmington

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- The Mount Union softball team swept an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader againstWilmington on Sunday, taking decisions of 10-0 and 6-1 at 23rd Street Field.

The Purple Raiders (11-7, 3-1) scored five runs in the second inning and four runs during the fourth as the opener ended in the fifth.

Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) was the winning pitcher. She allowed three hits while recording seven strikeouts and no walks in five innings of work.

Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) batted 3-for-3 with a double and five RBIs. Kristen Gromes(Navarre/Fairless) added a 2-for-2 game with a double and three runs scored. Rachel Jesso (Mount Pleasant, Pa./Mount Pleasant) went 2-for-3.

Gromes and Palombaro combined for the first Mount Union run. Gromes led off the first inning with a double and was driven in on a two-out single by Palombaro.

In the second, Jesso and Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland) led off with back-to-back singles; Jesso scored on a error immediately after Rader's hit.

On a ground ball hit by Willis, Rader beat a throw to the plate, giving Mount Union a 3-0 lead. Gromes andMarissa Earl (Massillon/Massillon Jackson) contributed singles with Earl's driving in Willis.

Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton) added an RBI groundout and Palombaro smacked an RBI single.

During the fourth, Gromes, Earl and Carmichael worked consecutive walks before Palombaro cleared the bases with a 3-run double. Palombaro's pinch-runner, Jasmine Bentley (Twinsburg/Twinsburg), then scored on a single by Jesso.

Twinsburg's  Jasmine Bentley

During the nightcap, Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) retired the first 12 batters she faced before Wilmington's Kaylee Cox broke up her perfect game in the fifth.

McAninch pitched all seven innings, allowing one run on three hits. She struck out eight batters and walked none.

Rader batted 3-for-3 with a homer, double and three RBIs. Carmichael also homered and drove in two runs while Gromes went 2-for-3.

In the Mount Union first, Gromes reached on an error and scored on a sac fly by Carmichael.

The Raider lead held at 1-0 until Rader hit a solo bomb over the center field fence in the fifth. Carmichael added her solo dinger in the sixth, triggering a four-run frame.

Palombaro walked, and was replaced by Yuki Hamada (Japan). Hamada then scored on a single by Brenna Longo (Moon, Pa./Moon).

Longo and Alex Mayo, who also reached with a single, finished up Mount Union's scoring on a two-run double by Rader.

The Quakers scored their only run in the seventh when Holly Sheets drove in Stacy Lunsford with a sac fly. Lunsford had reached with a double. Cox batted 2-for-3.

Until the later innings, Danielle Monnier was solid in the pitching circle for Wilmington. She finished with five strikeouts and one walk

Spartan Baseball Continues Offensive Hot Streak with 

Doubleheader Sweep of Allegheny

CLEVELAND, OH – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team stretched its win streak to five with a doubleheader sweep of Allegheny College (PA) on Sunday, April 3 at Nobby’s Ballpark. The Spartans won game one, 15-6, then took the nightcap with a combined two-hit shutout, 7-0.

With the sweep, the Spartans improve 19-10 overall. With the losses, Allegheny drops to 8-9.\\

In game one, Allegheny took a brief 1-0 lead after the first inning, but Case exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the second. Junior rightfielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams), sophomore first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, MD/Bullis School) and senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) all provided RBI singles, while junior second baseman Bobby Marko (Lyndhurst, OH/Brush) hit an RBI double.

The Spartans added another score in the third with a sac fly by Ossola then put the game away with five in the sixth. Bills singled in one, junior centerfielder Matt Richards (San Juan Capistrano, CA/San Clemente) singled home two, and shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge) doubled in one.

On the mound, senior Devin Dye (Canton, OH/Jackson) tossed the complete game to improve to 2-1 for the season. In seven innings, the righty allowed five earned runs.

At the plate, senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) and Bills were each 2-for-3 with two runs batted-in. Richards walked three times, drove in three and scored three runs.

In game two the Spartans jumped on the board early with three runs in the first on RBI singles by Alexander, Marko and senior Cory Pecoraro (Strongsville, OH/Benedictine). Case added some insurance and increased their lead to 7-0 in the fourth on an RBI base hit by Mullins, a two run double by Pecoraro and a sacrifice fly by Ossola.

Meanwhile, the Spartan pitching stifled the Gator bats as three Case hurlers teamed up for a two-hit, shutout performance. Freshman starter Ray Kelly (Rochester, NY/Aquinas Institute) fired off five strong innings, striking out three to earn the win and improve to 1-1 on the season. Junior A.J. Boshinski (Alpharetta, GA/St. Pius X) and another freshman, Jose Vega (Strongsville, OH/Padua Franciscan), each pitched in with 1-2-3 innings to close out the victory.

Bennies alum Cory Pecoraro was  2-for-2 with three RBI in the second affair as four Spartans produced multi-hit games.

Lake Erie splits twin bill with the 'Dale

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE – The Lake Erie College baseball team got two strong starts on Sunday (April 3) at Hillsdale College to earn a split of a doubleheader, as well as the four-game series.  After dropping a 3-2 decision in extra innings in the opener, the Storm bounced back to take the finale 5-3 following a 30-minute lightning delay.

Freshman Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) and sophomore Michael Backes(Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) combined to allow just four earned runs in 13 innings of work with just one walk and nine strikeouts.  The Storm (9-11, 2-6 GLIAC) staff did not yield an extra base hit in either game.

However, it was only Backes (2-0) who earned a victory.  Backed by a three-run third inning and an  early 4-0 lead, Backes scattered six hits in 5 2/3 innings in the nightcap. He allowed three runs (two earned) with a walk and four strikeouts.  Freshman D.J. Stastny (Macedonia, Ohio/Trinity) pitched a hitless 1 1/3 inning to earn his first save.

Kilway (0-2) pitched better than his fate.  He didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning and allowed only four in 7 1/3 innings of work.  Staked to a 2-0 lead on RBI by seniorBrandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) in the first and third innings, Kilway surrendered two runs on three singles and a balk with two outs in the fifth, with Mike Blanchard delivering a two-run single to tie the game.

Mentor' product Brandon James

After neither team scored a run in the sixth or seventh, the teams went into extra innings.  A single and steal by sophomore Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) gave the Storm (9-11, 2-6 GLIAC) a runner on second with one out, but he was stranded there.

Matt Pochmara led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and advanced to second on an error. He was then sacrificed to third, ending Kilway's afternoon.  Two batters later Anthony Giarmo singled off reliever Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst) to win it for the Chargers (9-15, 5-5 GLIAC).

Lake Erie had 12 hits in the opening game, including a 4-for-4 performance with two doubles by Rua.  Blood and classmate Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) each had two hits. However, the Storm stranded 11 runners on base in the game, with James' ground out and single the only plays to score runs for LEC.

In game two, the Storm jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, which included a 30-minute lightning delay. Junior Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) scored on a double-play in the first and James drove in a run and scored a run during a three-run third inning.

Pochmara, who had two hits in game one, singled in a run in the fourth for Hillsdale to cut the Storm lead to three.  Lake Erie responded in the sixth with back-to-back doubles by junior Josh Crout (Hamilton, Ohio/Edgewood) and Blood to push the lead to 5-1.

The Chargers loaded the bases in their half of the sixth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Pat O'Hearn and then got an unearned run later in the frame before Stastny got Giarmo to fly out to centerfield to end the threat. 

He followed with a perfect seventh to seal the win.

Rua had two more hits in game two, finishing with six on the day, and Toth scored twice in the finale after also scoring a run in the first game.

Pochmara and Giarmo were the only Chargers to have hits in both games.  Jonathan Gregg (2-2) earned the win in game two with two scoreless innings of relief after starter Brent Opland went six, allowing two runs on 11 hits.  P.J. Cooley (2-2) took the loss in game two after allowing three runs in two innings of work, despite giving up just one hit. He did walk five batters.











Jackson alum Britt Williams drives in winning run in 11th as Mount wins third straight

April 3, 2011

By Lenny Reich

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Mount Union's baseball team scored its third straight win with a 4-3 win in 11 innings Sunday at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa.

In the 11th inning, Craig Knott (Canton/GlenOak) got a one-out single, stole second and moved to third on a fielding error before Britt Williams (Canton/Massillon Jackson) scored him and broke the tie with a pinch hit sacrifice fly RBI.

Knott                                      Williams

Trent Vallinger (Poland/Poland Seminary) came on the mound in the bottom of the frame and got out of a bases loaded jam to earn his first save of the season.

Zach Carlino (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) was one of three freshman pitchers that worked for the 

Raiders and allowed three hits over three innings to earn his first win of the season.

Tomcat starting pitcher Justin Fiorello was perfect for the first four innings but Mount Union got to him in the fifth inning.

Craig Knott led off the inning with a double and scored on a single from Mitch Saunders (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) then he scored on a triple from Vallinger.

Thiel raillied and took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth as the big hit came on a two-RBI double from Eric Steininger.

The Raiders posted a rally of their own in the top of the ninth as Lee Grosscup (North Canton/Green) led off the inning with a single then two fielding errors put him on third base and he tied the game scoring on a wild pitch




CLEVELAND, OH – The Case Western Reserve University softball team posted a pair of double-digit scoring efforts in a doubleheader sweep of visiting Kenyon College on Sunday, April 3 at Mather ParkThe Spartans won 11-1 and 12-4 as each game ended in five innings due to the eight-run rule.

With the sweep, the Spartans improve to 8-20 overall. Kenyon falls to 6-10.

In game one, Kenyon threatened in the opening inning with two runners in scoring position and no out, but freshman pitcher Mackenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) was able to induce a ground out, pop out and line out to keep the game scoreless. Case then got a run in its half of the inning as senior shortstop Beth Andrasik (Sagamore Hills, OH/Nordonia) doubled then came around to score on a single by junior designated player Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge).

The lead grew to 3-0 in the third when Wolz belted a two-run homer to left. Kenyon got one in the fourth, but the Spartans quickly answered with four in their half of the inning as Lein highlighted the rally with a three-run homer to left. Case then ended the game early as sophomore rightfielder Kayla Lang (Broadview Heights, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) drove a run home on a ground ball and freshman second baseman Courtney Branson (Orient, OH/Teays Valley) connected for a three-run homer to left.

Lein allowed just one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out a season-high five.

For the game, Wolz was 2-for-2 with a homerun and three RBI, while junior third baseman Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, OH/Holy Name) was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored.

In game two, each side scored twice in the first before Kenyon grabbed a 4-2 lead with two runs in the second. Case answered with five runs in its half of the second as Boden got the ball rolling with a lead-off homerun. Lein, Andrasik, Wolz and freshman Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) all drove in a run during the inning.

Case then added three in the third to make the score 10-4 as Wolz delivered another RBI single. The Spartans then put the game away with two in the fifth as a run scored on a walk and another scored on a wild pitch.

On the mound, Seo tossed the final three innings in relief and only allowed one hit while striking out two.

At the plate, Seo was 3-for-4 with three RBI and Wolz was 3-for-3 with two RBI.

Avon’s Brua celebrates birthday with 

save in Oberlin win

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Game One Box l Game Two Box 

Springfield, Ohio – The Oberlin College baseball team earned a 5-4 win in game one, but the Wittenberg Tigers scored three runs late in game two to come away with a 6-3 win against the Yeomen on Sunday afternoon at Carleton Davidson Stadium.

In the opener the Yeomen rallied from an early deficit and got solid relief pitching out of the bullpen to preserve the win. Senior Phil Brua celebrated his birthday by earning a four-out save for his fourth lockdown of the year. Classmate Ryan Mouch earned the hold by throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless ball. 

Oberlin scored in the top of the first as Ben Kauder, who started the game with a double, eventually would score on a wild pitch. The Tigers responded with three runs on five hits in the bottom of the frame. 

The Yeomen added single tallies in the second and third to get back to even. OC scored on another wild pitch in the second and in the third senior Max Phinney continued his tear at the plate as he singled up the middle to score Ben Puterbaugh, who reached with a double to right center.

OC would break the tie by scoring two more in the fourth. Freshman Mike McDonald led off the frame with a double and would later score on Ben Kauder’s double. Rookie Zach Kisley followed with a single through the left side to score Kauder and in turn chase Tigers’ starter Jonathan Long (2-3) from the game. 

After the rocky first inning Oberlin starter Brandon Cantrill (2-1) settled down as he got through 4.1 innings to earn his second win of the season. Following the first inning, the Tigers managed just three hits off of the senior from Collins, Ohio. 

Wittenberg made it a one-run game in the fifth as two Oberlin errors resulted in a run coming across, but Mouch did a good job of pitching out of the jam and leaving the bases loaded. Mouch a native of Toledo, Ohio, registered two quick outs in the sixth before back-to-back hits resulted in Head Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz turning to Brua. 

A leadoff walk to start the seventh for Wittenberg could have came back to haunt the Yeomen, but following a sac bunt Grant Goodwin lined into a double play to end the game.

After a great bullpen effort in game one, it was the pen that let the Yeomen down in the nightcap as Wittenberg scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth to come away with the win.

The Tigers pushed across a run in the bottom of the second, but it took the Yeomen just two pitches in the top of the third to get back to even as Zach Jaspers led off the frame with a triple and scored on a sac fly by Kauder. 

Ben Puterbaugh, who went 4-for-4 in the game, gave the Yeomen a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth as his single to left scored Kauder. 

Unfortunately, the Yeomen lead was short-lived as the Tigers’ Matt Hampp belted a two-run home run off OC reliever Mattie Dedoesin the home half of the inning. 

In the sixth the Yeomen tied things up at three on Jaspers’ RBI single to left, however, the inning came to an abrupt halt when he was caught stealing third on a walk to Kauder. 

Rookie reliever Mike McDonald recorded two quick outs in the sixth, but things took a turn for the worse in a hurry as Wittenberg senior Ray Noe hit a triple to right field and scored on a passed ball. Two more hits resulted in two more runs for the Tigers.

Oberlin tried to threaten in the seventh as Puterbaugh and Cantrill reached on a pair of one-out singles. However, Phinney’s hard-hit line drive was caught by the third baseman and Witjes followed with a groundout to second to end it. 

The Yeomen will play their first games of the season at Dill Field on Thursday afternoon against Capital University. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. 

Washington University Invite Day 2

St. Louis, MO – The Oberlin College Track and Field Teams rounded out a nice weekend at the Washington University Invitational.

“This was a great start to the outdoor track season,” said Head Coach Ray Appenheimer. “I am excited that the team competed so well. We are looking forward to next weekend.”

In the women’s long jump, sophomore Jasmine Owens finished in 6th place with a leap of 16 feet 7 inches.

Josh Gallagher capped off a great weekend with excellent showings in the men’s discus and shot put. Gallagher was second in the discus with a throw of 146 feet 10 inches. He also took second place in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet .75 inches.

The women’s 4 x 100 meter relay of Melissa ElieSophia Brancazio, Owens, and Laura Vernon teamed up to earn 8th place with a time of 50.60 seconds. On the men’s side the 4 x 100 relay of Shawn ChrapczynskiAlex GuoSaad Talha and Terrence Embry took 12th place in 44.88 seconds.

Senior Amanda Miller finished in 7th place in the women’s 400 meter dash. She completed the event with a time of 1:00.80.

Junior Stephen Williams took second place in the men’s 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:41.96.

The Track and Field team returns to action at the Bucknell Open on April 8th and the Marv Frye Invitational at Ohio Wesleyan on April 9th.

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Splits 

Doubleheader at OAC Rival Marietta

MARIETTA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today (Sunday, April 3) against OAC rival Marietta College at Marietta Field.  The Pioneers won the first game by a score of 9-1 in six innings, while the Yellow Jackets came back to win the nightcap, 4-2, behind a complete game from freshman right-hander Justina Wise (New London).

With the split, the Yellow Jackets are now 10-4 overall and 2-2 in the OAC and play a home doubleheader tomorrow, Monday, April 4 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field in Berea. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.  With its split, the Pioneers are now 13-6 overall and 3-1 in the OAC.

In the first game, Marietta jumped out to a 4-0 lead after scoring a run in the first inning and adding three more in the second.  The Pioneers extended the lead to 6-0 in the fourth inning with another pair of runs and managed to gain a 7-0 advantage going into the sixth before B-W scored its lone run on a RBI from senior center fielder Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland).  Marietta added two runs in the bottom of the sixth to the end the game.

At the plate, the Yellow Jackets could only muster two hits off of Marietta starter Chelsea Chaffin as senior first baseman Katrina Resek (Strongsville) and freshman left fielder Ashley Elber (Huron/Edison) both went 1-for-3.

On the mound, junior right-hander Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) started the contest and lasted two innings after yielding four runs on seven hits.  In relief, senior Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky) tossed the last three innings giving up five runs on seven hits.  Baker fell to 4-2 on the year with the loss.

In the second game, B-W jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Elber knocked in Resek with a RBI double to right field.  After adding another run in the third off of Elber’s second RBI, Marietta came back with two runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 2-2.  But, the Jackets answered with one run each in the fourth and fifth innings to secure the victory.

Offensively, Elber led the way by going 3-for-3 with two RBI, a double, walk and run scored.  Freshman shortstop Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) was also 3-for-3 with two doubles and a RBI.  Batting in the leadoff spot, Resek was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

On the mound, Wise scattered seven hits over seven innings while only allowing two earned runs.  She struck out six and only walked two Pioneer batters.  With the win, Wise improved her record to 5-2 on the season.

Sheffield‘s Dawn Ondercin take no hitter into 

seventh inning; Madison’s Juliana Brotzman six-

for-six with three doubles, but Lake Erie drops 

pair of games to Tiffin

Juliana Brotzman
Juliana Brotzman
Lake Erie (7-19)0010301561
Tiffin (18-7)201014X870
@ Painesville, Ohio | Kiwanis Rec Park
Win: M. Meredith (0-0) - Tiffin
Loss: Shields (0-0) - Lake Erie
Lake Erie Batting
2B: Brotzman 2
3B: none
HR: Pennell
Tiffin Batting
2B: A. Temple; M. Baird
3B: none
HR: T. Smith 2
full stats
Tiffin (17-7)0000002231
Lake Erie (7-18)0000000051
@ Painesville, Ohio | Kiwanis Rec Park
Win: A. Cooksey (0-0) - Tiffin
Loss: Ondercin (0-0) - Lake Erie
Tiffin Batting
2B: A. Temple
3B: none
HR: T. Smith
Lake Erie Batting
2B: Brotzman
3B: none
HR: none
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By Kyle Akins

April 3, 2011

Lake Erie College (7-19, 0-10 GLIAC) continued to come close to its first GLIAC victory but were turned back twice more, 2-0 and 8-5, by conference-leading Tiffin University (18-7, 9-1 GLIAC) at Kiwanis Recreation Park in Painesville, Ohio.

 In game one, Lake Erie got an outstanding pitching performance from freshman Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside).  Ondercin carried a no hitter into the seventh inning, walking only a single batter in the first six frames.




While the Storm had five hits in the first six innings, including a three-for-three with a double from freshman designated player Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison), they could not plate a run. 

Tiffin finally struck in the top of the seventh inning with a leadoff double and a two-run home run to center for first baseman Tiffany Smith. 

In game two, Lake Erie fell behind 2-0 after the first inning but finally got on the board in the top of the third when Brotzman doubled and was brought home on a ground out by junior shortstop Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland).  The Dragons plated one more in the bottom of the third but Lake Erie took its first lead on the day in the top of the fifth, when Pennell belted a home run to left center.   

Tiffin tied the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth on a Smith solo home run and broke through for four runs in the bottom of the sixth, including a two-run long ball from Smith.  Lake Erie scored one run in the top of the seventh when Brotzman singled and pinch runner Becca Havrilla (Willowick, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) stole second and scored on back-to-back wild pitches.  The Storm however, could not get the tying run to the plate. 

At the plate, Brotzman went three-for-three against in game two with a hit by pitch as well.  She was six-for-six on the day with three doubles, accounting for more than half of Lake Erie's 11 hits.