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Elyria Catholic Panthers, Avon Lake Shoremen to fulfill big league dreams (Baseball Notebook)
MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Elyria Catholic’s Dan Whitacre slides safely into second base during the bottom of the third inning against Elyria earlier this season at Elyria Catholic.
On April 26, Elyria Catholic and Avon Lake will get a chance to live out that dream as each team will take part in the 10th annual Cleveland Indians Charities High School Hardball Classic at Progressive Field.
The two-day event features five games between 10 Northeast Ohio schools. The Panthers will play against Berea at 5:30 p.m., while Avon Lake will get to play under the lights at 8 p.m. against St. Ignatius.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Elyria Catholic coach Bruce Lisicky said. “The kids are excited and they get to walk out and be on the field that all these professional players have been on.
“They pretty much get to experience what a big league player experiences day in and day out. They’ve been watching it, seeing it on TV ... They probably fantasize one day about being a major league baseball player, being able to play on that field. They do get that opportunity out here in high school.”
Lisicky hopes to get as many players as he can to play in the game to get their taste of playing at a big league ballpark.
“I know how important that is to them and they’re looking forward to it,” he said. “The Indians are nice enough to let us use the field and these kids get to experience what a major league player will.”
Tickets for the event are $5 at the box office or at Indians team shops, and $7 at the door, with all proceeds benefiting Cleveland Indians Charities.
No longer perfect
The Matt Rositano era at Amherst couldn’t have gotten off to a better start as the Comets had won their first 10 games before it fell to Brecksville 14-4 on Thursday.
Amherst extended its season-long winning streak on Tuesday in a 1-0 11-inning win over Avon Lake, in which Amherst’s Alex Walts hit an RBI double in the top off the 11th for the game’s only run.
Pitching has been a big reason why the Comets had won their first 10 games of the season, led by seniors Griffin Weir and Brandon Chesmar. Amherst outscored its opposition 68-12 in its 10 wins to start the season before falling to the Bees.
Panthers’ 38 special
St. Mary did something earlier this month that usually takes the average team at least one week to do.
In a road game against Danbury, the Panthers won 38-2 powered by a 23-run fourth inning against the Lakers. Caleb Severance went a perfect 5-for-5 with three doubles and 7 RBIs, and Trevor Fitzthum and Lincoln LaRose each added five RBIs in the win.
“We were patient at the plate and hit our pitches,” St. Mary coach Ben Stover said about his team’s potent offense. “We hit a lot of line drives that found the gaps.”
Danbury committed 10 errors in the loss.
Hisle no-hits Tigers
Almost everything went perfectly for Lorain as it routed Warrensville Heights 20-0 at The Pipe Yard on Monday.
Even though the Titans hammered the Tigers for 20 runs on 14 hits, Lorain pitcher Demon Hisle stole the show by no-hitting Warrensville Heights through five innings, striking out 11 along the way.
Hisle baffled the Tigers with his fastball and curveball combination which both worked effectively.
Lorain defeated Euclid and Shaw earlier this week to improve to 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the Lake Erie League.
Last Updated: 4/18/2013 10:17:04 PM EST