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Congratulations Ethan St. Clair – 1st Team All Ohio Baseball

Congratulations to Ethan St. Clair who becomes Avon’s first 1st Team All Ohio Baseball Player!

- 1st Team All Southwestern Conference
- 1st Team All County (LCBCA)
-  Lorain County Division 1 Player of the Year
- 1st Team All Northeast District (NEOBCA)
- 1st Team All Ohio (OHSBCA)
- 1st Team All Ohio (Prep Baseball Report)

Pitchers — Jackson Teddler, Beavercreek; Christian Specht, Massillon Jackson, Chris Manchemer, Massillon Washington; Catchers — Cael Baker, Gahanna-Lincoln; Nate Monastra, Olentangy; First Base — Brad Hall, Milford; Infielders — Luke Waddell, Loveland; Chase Gresock, Olentangy Liberty; Noah Childress, Toledo Start; Mitchell Hogue, Harrison; Outfielders — Cory Heffron, Colerain; ETHAN ST. CLAIR, AVON; Jack Longo, Mayfield; Nate Cobb, Massillon Jackson; Utility — Jay Denman, Toledo St. Francis

Player of the year: Cael Baker, Gahanna-Lincoln

Coach of the year: Bill Gamble, Massillon Jackson

SECOND TEAM

Pitchers — Jake Bourke, Springboro; Gavin Lyon, Westerville Central; COLLIN ROMEL, OLMSTED FALLS; Catchers — Joey Bubonics, Solon; Spencer Yankle, Olentangy Liberty; First Base — Matt Eisworth, Mentor; Infielders — Wes Reid, Milford; Mike Tsironis, Solin; Nick Northcut, Mason; Tyler Burley, Vandalia-Butler; Collin Witherspoon, Bedford; Outfielders — Carl Turner, Gahanna-Lincoln; Mac Schoenman, Hudson; Cory Heffron, Colerain; Matt Walters, Pickerington Central; Utility — Tyler Brown, Olentangy Orange; AARON ZAWADSKI, OLMSTED FALLS

HONORABLE MENTION

Tyler Jones, Bellefontaine; AJ Peter, Grove City; Nate Altstadt, Solon; Sam Dobrowolski, Milford; Dominic Canzone, Walsh Jesuit; Jay Wilson, Loveland; Mitchell Hogue, Harrison; Canyon McWilliams, Shaker Heights; Bryant Shellenbarger, Mount Vernon; Ryan Christy, Twinsburg; Sebastian Fabik, Moeller

 

High school baseball: Avon beats Lorain, 8-0, in sectional final

 

It’s hard to beat a team when they are snagging bases left and right. No. 7 seed Lorain found that out the hard way.

The No. 1 seed Eagles were sneaky all game, as six players stole bases. Ethan St. Clair, Taylor Reynolds, Jeff Laraway, Will Heilman, Tommy Kocar and Stephen Ciarniello all snagged at least one base in the Eagles’ 8-0 victory over Lorain in a sectional final on May 12.

Eagles coach Frank Desmit has been preaching extra effort on the bases all season.

“That has been our thing from day one,” Desmit said. “We know that strength-wise, team speed is one of our things. In high school baseball, with the bats that we use nowadays, nobody is a home run team, so we try to do a lot with our legs.”

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High school baseball: Avon beats Amherst, 6-3, to win Ironman Classic

Taylor Reynolds of Avon gets congratulated by Parker Reynolds afer scoring a run.
Taylor Reynolds of Avon gets congratulated by Parker Reynolds afer scoring a run.RANDY MEYERS — THE MORNING JOURNAL
RANDY MEYERS — THE MORNING JOURNAL
Avon’s Dom Massa is out at third base as Amherst’s Joe Masters applies the tag.RANDY MEYERS — THE MORNING JOURNAL Avon’s Dom Massa is out at third base as Amherst’s Joe Masters applies the tag.

After taking the lead, Avon flirted with disaster before eventually claiming the Ironman Classic.

The Eagles scored five times in the second inning to take the lead, while the pitching combined to starnd 13 Amherst runners to win the Ironman Classic, 6-3, at the Pipe Yard May 7. In the consolation game, St. Ignatius defeated Mentor, 7-3.

“We did just enough offensively, but the key was we played a really good defensive game,” Avon coach Frank De Smit said. “We still didn’t play the way we like to, which is to get out and steal a lot of bases — but that’s tough when there are lefties on the mound.”

Avon (16-7) trailed, 2-1, heading into the second inning before breaking things open against Amherst starting pitcher Casey McConihe.

Will Heilman, who singled and stole a base to start the inning, scored on a two-base miscue by the Comets (18-8). Taylor Reynolds scored when Ethan St. Clair drew a bases-loaded walk. Reynolds and William Laurendeau both scored on wild pitches, while Dom Massa scored on the Comets’ second miscue of the inning to give Avon a 6-2 lead.

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High school baseball: Avon continues late-season push with win over North Ridgeville

Despite raining out every other game on the schedule, the April showers didn’t stop Avon from edging out North Ridgeville, 6-3, April 28 at All Pro Freight Stadium.

“With the weather, it’s really tough to expect guys to hit in this kind of stuff,” Avon coach Frank DeSmit said. “We had to scrap a little bit and play some small ball, but we got it done.”

North Ridgeville jumped out to a first-inning lead as sophomore Evan Truelson hit a single just out of the reach of the shortstop to score James Qualls.

Avon tied things up in the second inning, but didn’t get its first hit until the third, when Parker Reynolds hit a single to right field, scoring Ethan St. Clair.

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High school baseball: Amherst’s bats come alive in win over Avon

Jon Behm - The Morning JournalAmherst senior Michael Burgess (5) stretches for the ball as Avon junior Ethan St. Clair (23) dodges while stealing second during the bottom of the third inning on April 11 at All Pro Freight Stadium. Also pictured is Amherst sophomore Ryan Glowacki.
Jon Behm – The Morning JournalAmherst senior Michael Burgess (5) stretches for the ball as Avon junior Ethan St. Clair (23) dodges while stealing second during the bottom of the third inning on April 11 at All Pro Freight Stadium. Also pictured is Amherst sophomore Ryan Glowacki.

The Amherst baseball team used timely hitting and sound defense to cruise past Avon at All Pro Freight stadium, 8-4, on April 11.

Amherst came into the game with 25 runs in seven games, and broke through with 10 total hits.

Jon Behm’s photo gallery from Amherst-Avon baseball

“It’s almost a polar opposite of our win against Olmsted Falls,” Amherst coach Matt Rositano said about the 3-1 win April 8. “We only had one hit. We put together good at-bats today. Even the strikeouts were good at-bats.

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High school baseball: Avon tops North Ridgeville, 11-1

Jon Behm - The Morning JournalAvon senior Jeff Laraway takes a swing during the bottom of the second inning against North Ridgeville on April 7 at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon.
Jon Behm – The Morning JournalAvon senior Jeff Laraway takes a swing during the bottom of the second inning against North Ridgeville on April 7 at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon.

It has been a soggy start to this baseball season with numerous games being postponed in the past couple of weeks, but with a field nicer than most, Avon and North Ridgeville toughed it out, battling each other and the elements at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon on April 7.

The inclement weather didn’t seem to bother Eagles junior pitcher Shane Docherty as he struck out six batters while going five innings and allowing only one run and three hits. The impressive performance paved the way for an 11-1 Eagles (4-3, 3-2 SWC) victory in five innings.

Docherty knew he would be facing many elements heading into the matchup.

“I knew it was going to be a cold one out here. I prepared for the wind and everything and prepared for this cold weather,” Docherty said.

Docherty carved the strike zone all game but also had backup from his infielders, taking a no-hitter into the fourth inning.

North Ridgeville pitcher Nick Salvatore did not have the same luck as the soggy weather seemed to affect the senior’s pitches early and often. Salvatore struggled to find the strike zone, walking multiple batters in the early going as well as throwing multiple wild pitches.

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H.S. Baseball: Midview rallies in 7th to edge Avon 5-4, improve to 3-0

AVON — The unpredictable Northeast Ohio weather held up just long enough Thursday afternoon for Avon and Midview to complete a game highlighted by fireworks and controversy.

The Eagles and Middies needed every second of playable weather, as the Southwestern Conference showdown wasn’t decided until an event-filled seventh inning at All Pro Freight Stadium.

The Middies’ final rally was the difference for a 5-4 win.

Logan Doenges pitches for Avon at All Pro Freight Stadium on Thursday, March 31. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Midview improved to 3-0 overall, with all the wins inside the conference. Avon fell to 2-2.

“Being down for most of the game and being able to come back in the last inning is a big win for us,” Midview coach Todd Ratica said. “Our goal this year is to contend for a conference championship and Avon is one of the better teams in it.”

It looked as if Avon was going to escape with a 3-2 victory, as it had all the momentum going into the final inning.

The momentum started to slip away when Midview opened the top of the inning with singles by Cam Large and Aaron Mitchell. One batter later, Gavin Taulbee smashed a ground-rule double to left field to tie the game with one out.

After a strikeout, Avon pitcher Shane Docherty had Dylan Brister down 0-2 when he hit a ground ball to the right side. First baseman Will Kocar made the stop, but the toss to Docherty was wide and both runners scored for a 5-3 lead.

“We just have to work on keeping our composure in situations like that,” Avon coach Frank DeSmit said. “We had the lead and we just weren’t able to close it out there at the end.”

 

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H.S. Baseball: Avon rally helps sophomore Ryan Socha pick up 1st victory in win over EC

AVON — There’s no escaping garbage time for Ryan Socha.
As a sophomore on the Avon baseball team, one of his duties is to help clean up the dugouts and field after games.
There was nothing messy, however, about the four innings he spent on the pitcher’s mound Tuesday against Elyria Catholic.
Socha allowed just one run and got the win in his first varsity action as the Eagles used an eight-run sixth inning to down the Panthers 11-4 at All Pro Freight Stadium.  To continue reading article from the Elyria Chronicle, click HERE