A Page -- July 18, 2010

Brecksville, Westlake, Garfield, 

BrookPark win divisional titles

in high school summer league 


July 18, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Westlake, coached by Bud Tetzlaff, won the regular season championship in the Emerald Necklace Girls High School Softball League with a 14-1 record.


The Demons won the Varsity B Division while Olmsted Falls has an 11-3 record. The Demons and Bulldogs will be playing tomorrow in the final regular-season game, but the division has already been clinched by way of an 8-4 win over Falls earlier this week.


The only team to beat Westlake this year was the Independence Devils, who finished third.


In the Varsity A Division, the Brunswick Lightning leads with a 12-3 record but Parma at 10-2 still has a pair of games left with St. Joseph Academy and can get a share of the title. The Wildcats will also be going to the ASA B Nationals in Dayton.


The Wildcats beat North Royalton, 4-2 earlier this week. Brunswick beat both the Bears and Wildcats by eight runs apiece this week.


Brecksville, coached by Brian Stucky, won the U18 JV B Division. The Bees, 12-0, beat Bay, BrookPark-Parma and Newburg Heights this week to wrap it up, finishing three games ahead of Brunswick. Brunswick took Bay, Falls and BP-Parma this week.


The Strongsville Blazers and Broadview Eagles had a tight battle in JV U18 A, with the Blazers sitting at 11-2-1 and Broadview at 11-2 heading into this week’s tournament.


The Garfield Bulldogs, coached by Rick Harding, won the U14 Red with a 14-0 record. They have won regular season game left against Bay-North Olmsted before heading into next week’s tournament. The Bulldogs 10-run ruled Brunswick and Royalton this week. Berea finished second after wins over Royalton and Falls this week.


The BrookPark Braves, coached by Jeff Boledovic, claimed the B Division in the U14 with a 17-0 mark, including wins this week over Bay, Highland and Brecksville. The Highland Hornets took second with wins over Fairview and Indy this week.


The Brecksville Bears, took the U14 A Division with a 14-0 mark. They Beat Strongsville and Brunswick this week to clinch it. The Brunswick Thunder, cached by Matt Levindofske, took runners up, spitting this week, taking North Olmsted by two runs to go with the setback to the Bees.


Crushers ready to get out the broom today

July 18, 2010

Written and Researched for S/A-Cleveland by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault


SUNDAY’S FIRST UPS-The 2009 Frontier League Champion Lake Erie Crushers came back from a pair of three-run deficits,they waited through a ninth-inning thunderstorm,but in the end got their just rewards as they defeated the Windy City Thunderbolts 7-6 in walkoff fashion when Andrew Davis connected off closer Nick Hall for his seventh home run of the season and his second in as many games in the bottom of the ninth.


The win gives the Men of Crush six wins in their last seven games dating back to before the All-Star break.But they cannot gain any ground on the East Division leading Oakland County Cruisers as they went to extra innings the last two games in Washington but found a way to beat the Wild Things.


This afternoon the Red,Black,and White look for the season sweep and look for a perfect 6-0 al All Pro Freight Stadium against the visitors from Chicago’s southern suburbs as All-Star right hander Josh Roberts looks for his sixth win of the season.He will be opposed by southpaw Brent SOlich who will be making his second start against the Crushers this season

Josh Roberts

Former University of Portland Student/Athlete Josh Roberts


RHP JOSH ROBERTS (5-0 2.25 ERA)…Josh will be making his eleventh start and appearance of the season…HIS LAST START came July 10th in Evansville where he defeated the Otters 4-2 (5IP-2H-2R-1ER-4BB-7SO-WP)… AGAINST WINDY CITY This will be Josh’s first start and appearance against the Thunderbolts this season…THE ALL-STAR GAME Josh was one of five Crushers (three pitchers) at the 2010 FL All-Star Game in Marion.He came into the game in the bottom of the first inning in relief of starter James Albury (OC) he went 1.2 innings allowing two hits but no runs… AT HOME Josh will be making his sixth start of the season at All Pro Freight Stadium…He is 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA (36IP-26H-8R-7ER-7BB-21SO) his last home win was June 14th against Washington…26 years old…native of Snohomish, Washington …was selected by Florida in the 35th round of the June,2007 draft…made 13 appearances for the Marlins team in the Gulf Coast League in 2007 with a 2.53 ERA…pitched for Jamestown (A-New York/Penn League) making eight appearances (seven starts) going 0-3 with a 3.86 ERA


AVONThe Lake Erie Crushers suffered a 1-0 loss to the Windy City ThunderBolts in a pitcher's duel today.

Lake Erie starter Josh Roberts retired the first seven batters of the game before a J.T. Restko double in the top of the third. Following a single off the bat of Windy City's Nick Kuroczko, Restko was able to score the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by Gilberto Mejia.

Roberts threw seven innings in the contest, allowing just the third inning tally. He scattered five hits while walking one and striking out three but suffered his first loss of the season. Brent Solich was equally strong for Windy City, outdueling Roberts. Solich worked into the ninth inning to record the win. He threw 8.1 blank frames, scattering five hits to go with a walk and three strikeouts.

The Crushers placed the tying run in scoring position in the ninth and had the go ahead run on base. Joel Collins led off the ninth with a single and pinch hitter Raphael Turner walked. Windy City closer Nick Hall, who allowed the game-winning homer to Andrew Davis on Saturday night, recorded the final two outs to notch his seventh save of the season. 

Lake Erie placed runners on base in all but one inning of the game. The win was the first of the season for the ThunderBolts (23-26) over the Crushers and snapped a six-game losing streak. Joel Collins posted a pair of hits in the contest for the Crushers. Lake Erie stranded 10 runners on base.