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Stetson Allie had the heat going, 

striking out 16 to lead St. Ed to third state baseball title; 40th overall team 

state title for school’s athletic 


June 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – Behind a 16-strikeout (six-innings) effort by flame-throwing Stetson Allie, St. Edward won the big-school state baseball championship with today’s 8-3 win over Elder here in Huntington Park.

It was St. Edward’s second state baseball title in three years and third overall in this sport and 40th all-sports state title. All 40 state team titles (25 wrestling, 11 hockey, one basketball, three baseball) have all been won since the late 1970s when coach Howard Ferguson’s wresters put up the first flag in the gym.

Better yet, it came against a program with a lot of state baseball experience. Elder has the most storied history in high school baseball, having won 12 state tiles, dating back to 1924.

“It will be strange looking down the bench next spring and not seeing these seniors there any longer,” said St. Ed coach Danny Allie. “They did their job and are moving on and have left enough with the younger guys who should be able to carry the torch for us in the future.”

Cody Cooper closed it on the mound by pitching the seventh after Allie had tossed 125 pitches in six innings.

The Eagles (28-3) and Elder, which eliminated fellow Queen City Catholic school Moeller only 1-0 in the semis, engaged in another low-scoring game until the fourth inning, when the Eagles began their move offensively.

Alex Lavisky, who has blasted 14 home runs this season and will play for Georgia Tech next year, banged a double off the left field wall to start the fourth inning. Coach Danny Allie inserted Christian Iacallo to courtesy run for the Eagle catcher. The runner did his job, racing around on Cooper’s double to break the scoreless deadlock.

Copper then scored on Andrew Busser’s single. Steve Kisan was hit by a pitch and then courtesy runner Matt Dillow and Kisan moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Vince Bartolone. Both scored when Ross Kivett reached on a two-base error, putting the Panthers into a 4-0 at the midway point of the game.

They carbon copied the fourth-inning effort with another four-run inning in the sixth. Kisan and Bartolone singled and Aaron Marrero walked. Tommy Maribelli cracked a two-run double and Allie helped himself by driving in Maribelli. Kivett also garnered an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

The Eagles appeared to ignite a fire at the onset of the game, putting runners on the corners after Kansas State-bound Kivett beat out a bunt and went to third on the hit-and-run via Mirabelli’s single to right field. An Elder infielder got in Kivett’s way around the bases, but he brushed it off and used his speed (13 stolen bases on the season) to get to third.

However a called third strike and an infield double play ended the two-on, one-out rally with no runs scored for the “visitors.”

Allie, who will be playing for the University of North Carolina next season and along with Lavisky was a four-year varsity player at St. Ed, had his usual heat going in the bottom of the first inning, throwing his favorite pitch, the fastball, incessantly. Throwing in the 90s and sometimes over 100 miles per hour, Allie struck out three batters in the bottom of the first inning. He had to work though, throwing 27 pitches, walking two batters and allowing three stolen bases.

Still, the Eagles kept the scored deadlocked at zero as the seven fielders remained sedentary other than to field Lavisky’s two throws on steals. Two of the strikeouts in the inning were swinging and the third was called to end the inning leaving Elder runners at second and third.

Allie kept the heat going on his throws, striking out three batters in the second to bring his two-inning total to the possible maximum to six, while still allowing no runs.

Bartolone started the third with a single, but was wiped away by a double play. The Eagles revisited the third-inning rally when Kivett, stroked his fifth consecutive single over a two-game period to start the rally. The .475 hitter stole his 14th base and then sophomore Maribelli joined him on the basepaths with a walk, but both were left stranded.

Again in the bottom of the third, Allie made playing the field easy for his mates, striking out two more batters. Maribelli actually had a few seconds of action in fielding a fly ball as the Allie K string was broken, leaving him with eight through three frames.

Elder finally broke up Allie’s no-hitter in the fourth with an infield hit. Selby Chidenno beat out the hit and stole his third base of the game and 29th of the season, but Allie whiffed three more batters to bring his four-inning total to 11 out of a possible 12 outs.

Allie did surrender a fly out in the fifth, but fanned two more Panthers to hike the total to 13 with still six outs to go.

Elder did get to Allie in the sixth, batting around the order.. The Panthers did touch him for three runs, but Allie did strike out three batters and popped the Elder balloon by walking off the mound at the end of the inning, the Panthers leaving the bases loaded on Allie’s third whiff of the inning and 16th of the game.

Bartolone led the batting attack with three hits.


June 5

By Tim Calderwood

SAUGET, Ill. - The Lake Erie Crushers were held to just three hits as Gateway established a handful of records in a 25-1 rout tonight.

For the second time in the series, Gateway forced the Crushers into the bullpen in the first inning as Mike Raymond struggled with his control in the first inning. The Grizzlies took advantage of four walks from Raymond and one from reliever Jeff Cinadr to open a 9-0 lead. Toby Davis connected on a two-run homer in the second to make it an 11-0 advantage for the Grizzlies.

Brandon Peters hit the first pitch of the third inning over the wall in left to push the advantage to 12-0. Lake Erie finally scored in the fifth inning to break up the shutout. Lee Huggins reached on an error and scored when Jodam Rivera singled with two outs. 

Gateway belted a franchise record five homers in the seventh inning including back-to-back-to-back shots from Justin Baum, Logan Parker, and Charlie Lisk. The Grizzlies unloaded eight runs to go up 20-1. The eighth homer of the night capped a five-run eighth as Gateway established a franchise record for runs in a game. The Grizzlies also hit a franchise record eight homers in the contest.

Phil Rummel tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen after Jeff Cinadr threw 3.1. Jodam Rivera posted two of the three Lake Erie hits. 

Following an off day tomorrow, the Crushers will open a three-game series at River City on Tuesday night at 8:05pm EDT. RHP Travis Risser starts for the Crushers opposite RHP Gary Moran for the Rascals. 


Ø  Jeff Cinadr struck out a season high six in his relief appearance, the most this season by a Crusher reliever

Ø  Julio Rivera pitched 1.2 innings as the second position player to appear on the mound in the series





Collinwood keeps the tradition going 

by winning yet another girls' state 

track title; Erin Busbee racks up 32 of 

Roaders' 77 points

June 6, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



COLUMBUS -- A program that has won numerous state Division I titles under Lou Slapnik, Collinwood’s girls won the Division II state track title, sending the long-time Railroader boss out a winner.


The Railroaders made the podium 17 times They had to battle for the team title as Bishop Hartley gave them a good run all the way up until the last race.


Erin Busbee, a senior, singlehandedly racked up 32 of the Roaders’ points by winning the long jump, second in the high jump and 100-meter dash and third in the 200 dash.


Amber Smith, another senior, set a state record in the 300 hurdles (42.83) and also took second in the 100 hurdles.


The Roaders also won the 800 relay with Brittini Brown, Amirah Harbour, Jasmine Lett and Smith.


St. Vincent –St. Mary won the state title in the 3,200 meter relay with Emily Tome, Samantha Kirk, Tessa Weigand and Marie Arnone doing the honors.


Lake Catholic’s JeRica Sanders beat out Smith to win the state title in the 100 hurdles.


Christian Blair won the state title in the mile run for Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.

Brandy Kelley won the high jump for Doylestown.


CVCA took third, St.. V fourth, Warrensville fifth and Lake Catholic sixth in the team standings.

Riverside High School Senior 

Mychael DeLano to Play Men's 

Basketball at Mount Union

June 6, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)—Riverside High School senior Mychael DeLano has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the men’s basketball team.

DeLano, a 6-4, 185-pound forward, was a four-year letterwinner that averaged 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds at Riverside High School in Panesville, Ohio.

Mount Union went 11-14 last season and finished tied for fifth in the Ohio Athletic Conference which was the team’s highest finish in the conference since the 2003-04 season.  The Purple Raiders are coached by Lee Hood who is entering his 19th season at the helm and is one of four active coaches in the OAC with over 200 career wins and has won the both the OAC and Ohio Collegiate Coach of the Year honors in his career.

DeLano plans to study Business and is the son of Michael and Amy DeLano of Concord Twp, Ohio.

Walsh loses bid to win fifth 

state baseball title

June 6, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



COLUMBUS –Walsh Jesuit lost its bid today to win its fifth state baseball championship, failing to come from behind all the way and falling to Jonathan Alder, 3-2.


The Warriors (30-2) came into the game ranked No. 1 in the state in Div.-II. Their only other loss was to St. Edward, the state D-I champion.



Walsh took the lead in the first inning with John Fasola cracked his 10th home run of the season. The lead stood until the fourth inning when Alder (34-0)tied it on a suicide squeeze bunt.


The Pioneers added two in the fifth.


Walsh began its comeback in the top of the seventh when freshman catcher Cassidy Brown drove in pinch runner Dan Keller and put runners on the corner with two outs.


The Warriors tried a double steal and after a couple pickles could no get the runner home but did get the potential winning run to second with leadoff hitter Marco Caponi a the plate. Alder was able to get the last out, ending it and sending Walsh home thinking this year was not to be.


St. Edward ends the school year as the only state baseball champ from Cleveland in the four divisions.