B Page -- March 31, 2010

Crushers Baseball Continued from A Page

“Rivera is the best shortstop in the league,” said Field Manager John Massarelli. “He solidifies our defense and gives us a real chance to repeat as champions.”

Wadsworth native Drew Saylor


On the mound, the Crushers are also pleased to announce the re-signing of RHP Cardoza Tucker. Tucker started eight games for the Crushers last season, including Game 5 of the Frontier League Championship. In eight appearances on the mound, he posted four wins, no losses and an ERA of 2.63. In 51.1 innings he gave up only 37 hits, 15 earned runs and 22 walks while striking out 31.


“Tucker solidified our rotation last July and was one of the big reasons we stayed so consistent down the stretch,” said Massarelli. “We are counting on big innings out of him this year.”

Canton Central Catholic alumnus John Massarelli


In other transactions, the Crushers have traded pitcher JJ Pacella to the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League for infielder Lee Huggins and a player to be named later.


According to Massarelli, “The trade was necessary to open a L-2 roster spot for an offensive player. We wish J.J. the best and thank him of a great post season run last year.”

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium located in Avon, OH. Beginning in 2010, All Pro Freight Stadium will also be home to the Cleveland State University baseball team. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.

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Hiram/B-W Baseball Continued from A Page


B-W grabbed an early 3-0 lead with three scores in the top of the first inning and went on to add another run in the second to lead 4-0 after one-and-a-half innings of play.  In the bottom half of the second, junior Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview) started the inning with a lead-off triple and later scored on a RBI groundout by sophomore Lance Townsend (Garrettsville) to make the score 4-1. 

 Hiram evened the margin at 4-4 with three runs in the third that was highlighted by a two-RBI single by Townsend.  B-W then scored five runs in the fourth to take the lead and never looked back.  The Yellow Jackets went on to add three runs in the fifth, a run in the sixth, three in the seventh and seven in the ninth.  The Terriers scored two runs in the fourth, and single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings en route to the 23-9 final.


Hiram recorded 12 hits, but would be outhit for the game, 24-12.  The Terriers were led by Townsend who finished three-of-four with three RBI.  Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference catcher Justin Street (Warren/Howland) also recorded three hits going three-of-five with a run scored and a RBI.  Senior All-NCAC infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights) also had a multi-hit game finishing two-of-four.

Garfield Heights native Kyle Kovach

On the mound, freshman Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) got the start and pitched one inning allowing three runs on five hits, but would record a no decision.  Eight other Hiram pitchers would see action including junior Eric Schaffer (Kent/Roosevelt) who came on in the fourth inning and was given the loss (0-1 overall), allowing five runs on five hits and struck out one batter.

NCAC Sportsmanship

Hiram will look to get back on track on Friday (Apr. 2) when it hosts the first of two NCAC doubleheaders against Allegheny (Pa.) College at Fishel Field.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Euclid's Martin

Also for B-W, Senior third baseman Jim Martin (Euclid) was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs. Sophomore shortstopAnthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls) was 3-for-6 with three runs.


Baldwin-Wallace Col. 23 (5-7)

Player ab rbi 
Nolan Neuschaefer cf 
  Sam Wasylyshyn cf 
Matt Rollins 2b 
Scott Nealon dh 
  Brian Boveington 1b 
Chris Nealon 1b/p 
  David Redovian p 
Jim Martin 3b 
Ben Stoper lf 
  Brendan Toughey lf 
Matt Bush c 
  Jordan Barnett c 
Anthony Longhitano ss 
Ted Cowling rf 
Josh Scott p 
  Chris Terlop p 
Totals  50 23 24 22 

Hiram College 9 (3-13)

Player ab rbi 
Kyle Kovach 2b 
Cody Fincham ss/p 
Justin Street c 
Steve Dunn 1b/p 
  Joel Hallet p 
  Dave Princic ss 
Doug Adkins rf 
Lance Townsend dh 
  Matt Rinaldi 1b 
Randy Miller 3b 
  Corey Trusso ph 
Ian Sewolich cf 
Andy Richey lf 
Travis Richey p 
  Chris Wilson p 
  Eric Schaffer p 
  Bubba Thurner p 
  Mike Lalonde p 
  Eric Cameron p 
Totals  38 12 
Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Baldwin-Wallace Col. 310 531 307 - 23 24  5
Hiram College....... 013 201 110 -  9 12  1
E - M. Rollins; J. Martin; Longhitano 2; Terlop; Dunn. DP - BW 1; Hiram 1. LOB - BW 13; Hiram 8. 2B - C. Nealon; Toughey; M. Bush; Cowling; Townsend. 3B - M. Rollins; Adkins. HR - C. Nealon; Cowling. HBP - Boveington. SH - Kovach; Richey, A.. SF - S. Nealon. SB - Neuschaefer. CS - S. Nealon; Kovach 2.
Baldwin-Wallace Col. ip er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go 
Josh Scott  3.0 14 18 
Chris Terlop W,1-0 3.0 10 12 
Chris Nealon  2.0 11 11 
David Redovian  1.0 
Hiram College  ip er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go 
Travis Richey  1.0 
Chris Wilson  2.0 
Eric Schaffer L,0-1 1.0 10 
Bubba Thurner  1.0 
Mike Lalonde  1.0 
Eric Cameron  2.0 10 
Steve Dunn  0.2 
Joel Hallet  0.0 
Cody Fincham  0.1 
WP - Scott; Thurner. HBP - by Dunn (Boveington). PB - Barnett.

Strikeouts - S. Nealon; Boveington; B. Stoper; Longhitano; Cowling 2; Dunn; Trusso; Sewolich. Walks - Neuschaefer; M. Rollins 2; S. Nealon; C. Nealon; J. Martin 2; Toughey; M. Bush; Barnett; Longhitano; Fincham; Dunn; Sewolich; Richey, A..

Umpires - 
Start: 4:00p.m. Time: 3:20 Attendance: 80 

Scott faced 2 batters in the 4th. 
Hallet faced 4 batters in the 9th.


Mount-Walsh Baseball Continued from A Page

Walsh (7-17) belted out 19 hits, three of those along with three RBI from Marc Miller to snap a six-game skid.

Walsh University Cavaliers

The Cavaliers scored a run in the first and two in the second to take a 3-0 lead but busted the game open in the fourth inning posting five hits and five runs with two outs to take a commanding 8-0 lead.  Walsh plated two more runs in the sixth to take a 10-0 lead before the Raiders got on the board.

Jeff Kotler started and got the win as five pitchers combine to strikeout seven and hold the Raiders to their four hits.

Matt Lambert (Massillon/Massillon Washington) was one of six Mount Union arms to work and took his first loss of the season.

Mount Union next plays Wilmington at home in an Ohio Athletic Conference double header, Friday at 1 pm at 23rd Street Field.

Walsh 10, Mount Union 2 (Mar 31, 2010 at Alliance, OH)
Walsh............... 120 502 000  - 10 19  1      (7-17)
Mount Union......... 000 001 001  -  2  4  0      (7-7)
Pitchers: Walsh - Kotlar; Speer(3); Roberts(5); Shimko(7); Gura(9) and Walter; Hromada.
Mount Union - Matt Lambert; Paul Mariotti(3); Mark Sabatino(4); Beau Smith(6); Cody Colly(8);
Cory Douglass(9) and Connor Nell; Steve Mitch.
Win-Kotlar(1-3)  Loss-Matt Lambert(1-1)  T-2:40  A-184


Mount-Berg softball Continued from A Page

At the plate for the Berg Carrie Moran (Lakewood, Ohio / Lakewood)Hannah Brumit (Stone Creek, Ohio / New Philadelphia)Ashley Stromack (LaGrange, Ohio / Keystone) and Kaitlyn Esordi (Brownstown, Ohio / Oscar A. Carlson) each had a hit.

Lakewood High product Carrie Moran

Game one was scoreless until the seventh inning when Mount Union got a pair of runners on base after two Heidelberg errors, then Ashley Henriques (Canton/GlenOak) hit a two-out RBI single to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead.


GlenOak alumna Ashley Henriques

In the bottom of the frame, Mount Union returned the favor as a walk and a single got two Berg runners on then a Raider error brought home two runs and the ballgame.

Dana Thoms pitched a complete game two-hitter to get the win for Heidelberg, while Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) was the hard luck loser as the freshman took her first loss of the season (7-1) even though she did not allow and earned run and struck out seven.

In game two, a Bessie Artino home run in the second gave Heidelberg an early 1-0 lead.

Mara Palombaro.jpg


Mount Union got on the board in the fourth as Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) had an RBI double and Meghan Simons (Minerva/Minerva) had an RBI single to make the score 2-1.  That lead did not last long as the Berg came back in the bottom of the frame with two more runs and retook the lead, 3-2.

Heidelberg tacked on another run in the fifth to extend the lead to 4-2.

Mount Union tried to rally in sixth as Palombaro hit another run scoring double but that ended up being the Raiders final hit for the game.

Ali Sayre got the win and Thoms pitched the final two innings for the save as the duo held Mount Union to just three runs on nine hits.

Brittany Mayo took the loss in relief, while Palombaro and Alex Lucak (Maple Heights/Trinity) each finished with three hits for the Raiders.

Mount Union returns to action Friday at 1 pm in an OAC doubleheader at Wilmington.

Heidelberg 2, Mount Union 1 (Mar 31, 2010 at Tiffin, OH) (Game 1)
Mount Union......... 000 000 1 -  1  2  3      (12-9, 0-1 OAC)
Heidelberg.......... 000 000 2 -  2  4  2      (14-3, 1-0 OAC)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Rachel McAninch and Mara Palombaro. Heidelberg - Thoms and Reinhart.
Win-Thoms(9-2)  Loss-Rachel McAninch(7-1)  T-1:30  A-201
Weather: Mid 60's and sunny

Heidelberg 4, Mount Union 3 (Mar 31, 2010 at Tiffin, OH) (Game 2)
Mount Union......... 000 201 0 -  3  9  0      (12-10, 0-2 OAC)
Heidelberg.......... 010 210 X -  4  9  1      (15-3, 2-0 OAC)
Pitchers: Mount Union - Bre Willis; Brittany Mayo(4); Rachel McAninch(6) and Mara Palombaro.
Heidelberg - Sayre; Thoms(6) and Reinhart.
Win-Sayre(3-0)  Save-Thoms(2)  Loss-Brittany Mayo (0-1)  T-1:15  A-201
HR HEID - Artino (3).
Mayo faced 1 batter in the 6th.