A Page -- June 16, 2010


Matt Smith turns unassisted triple 

play in OBALL

June 16, 2010

Norm Weber  

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor



OLD BROOKLYN -- As Old Brooklyn Area Little League heads into its third week of play, some leaders have emerged in the different levels.


Play so far has been highlighted by an unassisted triple play staged by Matt Taylor in the T-League. Playing for the Indians, Taylor registered all three put outs in the Tribe’s 16-15 win over the Earthquakes last week.


Earlier this week, the Red Sox chalked up a 16-13 win over T-Rex to remain undefeated in the American Division of the T-League. The Sox are 4-0, a game ahead of the Masons and a game and a half ahead of the Indians, who lost for only the second  time this week,


Also this week, T-Rex garnered a 13-12 over Web Gems. With the win over the Indians, the Bees are now 4-1 and lead the National Division.


The Cavaliers lead the Pee Wee American League with a 5-1 mark, two games ahead of the second-place Reds. The Devil Rays are 6-0 in the National, two games ahead of top chasers, the Crusaders.


The Cavs beat the Sluggers, 22-17, and the Crusaders the Blue Sox, 9-8 this week.


Little F has two undefeated teams with the Bombers leading the American and the Captains leading the Senior Circuit. Both are 6-0. The Bad News Bears and Braves are the top challengers for the Captains in the National and the Angels and Buckeyes the top chasers in the American.


This week the Bombers tamed the Beasts, 16-5, and the Angels de-striped the Patriots, 15-0.


The Crushers lead Big F with a 2-0 record. The Crushers clipped the Clippers, 14-2, while the Diamondbacks and A’s tied, 14-14.

Sweep, Sweep; Crushers go to 

.500 after three-week hiatus with 

win over Things to earn a series 


June 16, 2010

Norm Weber  

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor


AVON – For the first time since May 25 when they were 2-2, the Lake Erie Crushers reached the .500 mark tonight here in All Pro Freight Stadium with an 8-2 win over the Washington Wild Things, in front f 2,682 fans.

By sweeping the series against the Things, the Crushers now go on the road for a stint with a 12-12 record and four-game winning streak.  

What’s more, several area youth here were able to go home with an autograph of Cleveland sports icon Otto Orf, who was signing for two innings here on Soccer Night in The Freight

For the first time in this three-game series against the Things, the Crushers took the first lead in the game and did not have to play catch-up in order to garner the win.

Wayne Bond
Wayne Bond

A two-run triple by Ball State alumnus Wayne Bond in the second inning gave the Crushers a 2-0 lead. Jodam Rivera and Winthrop University product Eddie Tisdale cracked ground-rule doubles in the third to hike the lead to 3-0.

The Wild Things grabbed one of the runs back in the fifth, making it 3-1 in favor of the Good Guys, which is how it stood through the top of the sixth inning.

Eddie Tisdale
Eddie Tisdale

The infield, which led the league in double plays turned last year, went the 4-6-3 route for a twin killing to end the guest half of the sixth.

That run came back for the hosts when Shaker Heights native Ardie McWilliams drove in the club’s fourth run on this night with a sacrifice fly.  Later in the inning Dom Duggan drove home Bond (who also studied at Lincoln Trail College prior to Ball State) with a single, and then came home along with Julio Rivera on a Jodam Rivera single, making it 7-1. 

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Matt Smith, who did his undergraduate work at Wichita State, went six innings on the mound to get his league-lead-tying fourth win of the year and lower his ERA from the dwarf-sized 2.70 he had coming into the contest.

McWilliams also made a circus catch in the outfield to end the top half of the seventh inning.

The infield turned its second double play in the ninth.


Brunswick, Olmsted Falls lead varsity 

divisions of summer high school 

softball in Emerald League

June 16, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Going into the third week of the season, the Brunswick Lightening leads the U18 Varsity A Division of the Emerald Necklace High School Girls Summer Fastpitch League, while Olmsted Falls is leading the Varsity B Division.


The Lightening, coached by Paul Oravec, have posted a 3-1 record in their first four games. A pair of Parma teams, the Wildcats (2-0) and the Wildcats U16 (1-0) are the closest chasers. Holy Name, North Royalton and St. Joe Academy are battling from the bottom up at still this early point of the season.


Brunswick’s three games have come against North Royalton High, Holy Name, and St. Joe. They lost to Parma. All four games have been one-run affairs except the victory over the Jaguars.


Olmsted Falls, coached by Rob Brandt, is undefeated at 5-0. The Bulldogs have notched two wins over both Rocky River and Independence’s A team and one over Indy’s B team. All three wins over the Blue Devils were one-run affairs.


Indy’s A team, coached by John Veres, is 2-2, while Westlake, coached by Bud Tetzlaff, is 2-0. The Demons have garnered wins over River and Indy’s B team.


In the JV A Division, Middleburg Heights is undefeated at 4-0, a game ahead of Broadview Heights. The Middleburg Mavericks, coached by Mark Stornes, have defeated Newburg Heights-Cuyahoga Heights, Parma and Broadview. The Mavericks also lost a one-run game to the double Heights club, a one-run affair

Broadview, coached by Jeff Mancuso, owns wins over Berea, Highland, and the double Heights team.

In the JV B Division, the Brunswick Blazers are 3-0 and Brecksville Bees 2-0. Brunswick, coached by Darrin Hagler, has gotten by Olmsted Falls, Bay, and BrookPark.

The Bees, coached by Brian Stucky, have defeated Bay and BrookPark.