Ellet softball coach Chuck Shuman has had many long days on the diamond.
Count Saturday as one to add to the list as Shuman guided Ellet to two victories in the Rock N Fire softball event at Firestone Stadium and the adjacent Pony Field.
Ellet defeated St. Vincent-St. Mary 6-1 and Windham 10-5 on the Pony Field on Saturday night.
“It was a cold night, absolutely freezing,” Shuman said. “We played a doubleheader and finished up around 11 p.m. with a couple of wins. The girls played well.”
Ellet (8-4) finished the event with a 3-2 loss in nine innings to Champion on Sunday at Firestone Stadium.
Junior pitcher Autumn Smith is 7-4 for Ellet and sophomore Abbae Finnegin is 1-0.
Sophomore catcher Alyssa Cook is Ellet’s top hitter with a .425 batting average. Juniors Madison Hayes (.417), Laura Lakins (.400) and Emily Murray (.341) are also consistent hitters.
Bulldogs take two in DH
The Woodridge baseball team increased its record to 13-2 following a doubleheader sweep of visiting Firestone (5-1, 9-0) on Saturday.
Freshman Preston Clark (.474), junior Tom Finegan (.440) and seniors Justin Whitely (.429) and Tom Morehouse (.333) are contributing offensively for the Bulldogs.
Finegan has 15 RBI, Clark and Morehouse each have 13 RBI. Whitely has scored 19 runs, Clark and Morehouse have both scored 14 runs.
Junior pitcher Mike Seminatore is 5-0 for the Bulldogs with a 2.00 ERA. Finegan, senior Chase Radovic and sophomore Jackson Taylor both have two wins.
The Walsh Jesuit baseball team won the Ohio Jesuit Tournament on Sunday at home following a 6-5 victory over Toledo St. John’s Jesuit in the event’s final.
Senior Trevor Ray delivered a bases loaded game-wining single in the bottom of the eighth inning to score junior Azim Qadri on Sunday.
Walsh (13-0) is ranked No. 11 in the maxpreps.com Xcellent25 national poll. The Warriors beat Cincinnati St. Xavier 12-2 on Saturday in the event’s semifinal round.
“Tim Benner has just been remarkable,” Walsh coach Chris Kaczmar said of the senior right-hander who is a Tiffin recruit. ‘‘His numbers are just extraordinary. He has a zero ERA and is striking out over two batters an inning. His walks-to-strikeouts ratio is off the charts. He has been extremely impressive halfway through this season.
“Tim has been touching 90 miles per hour consistently. He has made a big jump since last year. Tiffin is getting a tremendously skilled pitcher.”
Kaczmar said the Warriors have “gotten contributions up and down the lineup.”
Junior Blake Jenkins, sophomore Dominic Canzone and junior Dominic Mittiga are hitting well along with senior Nate Romans and junior Ryan Feltner.
Benner, Canzone, Feltner and junior Ty Shoaff are pitching effectively.
Romans and Feltner are both Ohio State recruits and Shoaff is a Missouri recruit.
Irish pitcher steps up
St. Vincent-St. Mary senior Kevin Krukemeyer is putting together a solid season on the mound with a 3-1 record and a 1.70 ERA in five appearances, which includes four starts.
Krukemeyer has thrown 28⅔ innings, and has three complete games including a shutout. He has wins over Avon, Canton South and Archbishop Hoban, and a loss to Copley.
“With a preseason season-ending injury to four-year starting pitcher Corey Whaley, Kevin has had to step up and fill in as our No. 1,” St. V-M coach Anthony Boarman said. “He has done a great job.”
Whaley is out with a knee injury.
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