B Page -- Aug. 13, 2010



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"We worked really hard to make it to the tournament this year," Ferro said.  "We knew that it was going to be difficult because this is a really tough district, but we came together well and pulled it out.

"This was the last year that I was eligible to play in it and I really wanted to play well.  I didn't try to play the last three years because I was busy with my summer ball team so this was my last chance.

"I had a great time.  It was a great opportunity to meet softball players from around the world and the competition was fantastic.  I am really glad that I played," Ferro added.

With Ferro leading the way, Central won their first seven games in the tourney to clinch a spot in Wednesday's title game.

Ferro had three hits in a 2-1 win over West on Saturday (Aug. 8), came back to record Central's only two hits and drove in both runs in a 2-1 win over the host team from District 9 on Sunday (Aug. 8) and slammed a walk-off solo homerun in a 3-2 victory over Southwest on Monday (Aug. 9).  She came back later in the day on Monday to crush a three-run homerun to lead Central past Latin America, 4-0.

Ferro will have little time to celebrate the championship as she will return to Cleveland for fall semester classes on Friday, Aug. 27.

Lake Erie Crushers

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Southern Illinois was able to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh against the Lake Erie bullpen.  Will Block singled to open the inning and scored on a double down the left field line by Tyler Bullock. Pinch runner Brendan Akashian crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly to even the score. Nate Hall homered with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to give the Miners the lead.

Dom Duggan posted an infield hit to begin the ninth but was ruled out on batter's interference on a stolen base attempt with two outs to end the game. Arden McWilliams fell a homer shy of the cycle in a 4-for-4 showing with a double, a triple, two singles, a run scored, and an RBI. Andrew Davis posted three hits in the defeat.

The second game of the series will be tomorrow night with RHP Alberto Rolon (2-3, 2.82) on the hill opposite RHP Adam Kramer (0-1, 4.16). First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. EDT.


Ø       The meeting was the first of the season with Southern Illinois, who finished 4-2 against Lake Erie last season and has won four straight over the Crushers

Ø       The four-hit showing for Arden McWilliams was the second four-hit performance of the season; Andrew Davis logged four hits on June 20 vs. Windy City 

Ø       Lake Erie posted two triples in the game to match a season high established on July 30 at Washington

New B-W assistant coaches

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Merritt comes to the College after spending the last 30 years as the head baseball coach at Crestwood High School in Mantua, Ohio. In his final season, Merritt was named the Portage County Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his career. He finished with 406 wins and was a 2009 inductee into the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association (NEOBCA) Hall of Fame. He coached 47 players that went on to careers in the collegiate ranks, two of which obtained All-American honors. In addition, Merritt was the offensive coordinator for the Hiram College football team from 1984-94 and an assistant football coach at Crestwood from 1996-2006. Merritt earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master of Education degree from Xavier University.

Spatz comes to B-W from nearby Strongsville High School where he served as assistant coach from 2005-06 and 2009-10. He also had a three-year stint (2006-08) as the outfield and hitting coach at Cleveland State University

While at Strongsville, Spatz helped lead one of the most successful high school teams in the Greater Cleveland area, including the state championship squad of 2006. Prior to his time at Strongsville and CSU, Spatz was the head coach at Columbia High School from 2000-04 and led his team to a pair of conference championships and three runner-up seasons.

Spatz also served as head wrestling coach at Columbia from 2001-02 and was named the Mac-8 Coach of the Year. He has been an assistant coach for the Berea Blue Sox summer league team (which consists of players from small colleges throughout the area) for the past nine seasons. Spatz received a Bachelor of Education degree fromBowling Green State University and holds two Master of Arts degrees - one in curriculum and instruction from Ashland University and one in sociology from Cleveland State University.