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Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:32

Kirtland thought it had a comfortable seven run lead heading into the seventh inning of its conference game against Fairport Harding on Wednesday. The Skippers had other ideas as they had the tying runs on base in a 7-5 loss to the Hornets.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:03

Independence senior Mike Martin and Kirtland freshman Lindsay Ward have been named the Ward’s Lawncare and Landscape, Co., Players of the Week for the week ending April 13. Martin was 12-for-15 with seven doubles in four games and Ward was 6-for-9 with two doubles, two triples and seven RBI.

Two of Northeast Ohio’s top pitchers faced off against each other on Wednesday and it was Independence’s Mike Martin and the Blue Devils that came out ahead in a 1-0 eight-inning win over Cuyahoga Heights and Zac Lowther. Martin threw just 77 pitches and allowed only two hits and struck out nine in eight innings while Lowther struck out 14 in seven innings but walked four, including the winning run.

Kenston snapped a two-game losing streak with a 12-2 win over Maryland’s Bishop McNamara on Monday at The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. The Bombers were shut out in two games to open their spring break then exploded for 12 runs on nine hits against McNamara.

Jonathan Nash, Yaphet Preston and Hannah Kahn turned in strong performances at the 2014 Beachwood Invitational on Saturday. The Bison athletes excelled on their home track in placing in several events. Several other Beachwood athletes also made strides at the event.

Tyler Evans and Ryan Mack both pitched complete game victories and combined for 13 strike outs to lead Cardinal to a doubleheader sweep over Grand Valley on Saturday, 5-1 and 11-1. James Byler had three hits in the first game and Jake Bosak matched that feat in game two.

Beachwood scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning then held on in the seventh to beat Fairport Harding, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Skippers rebounded to win the second game, 15-5.

Kirtland’s baseball team committed six errors and survived a late Wickliffe rally to win the non-conference game 12-8. Erik Guhde led the Hornets with two hits and Matt Finkler and Adam Hess both had a pair of RBI in the game.

Through the first five games of the 2014 season, Independence’s offense has been nearly unstoppable. The Blue Devils, who beat Berkshire 9-0 on Friday at Classic Park, average over 12 runs per game and are hitting .459 as a team with 19 doubles and 3 home runs.

Kirtland’s boys’ track team defended its title at the 15th Annual George Gross Invitational at Cuyahoga Heights on Thursday. The Hornets’ girls’ team also won, completing the sweep. Cardinal finished second in the boys division and third in the girls. Independence was fifth in the boys and fourth in the girls.

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