Saturday, March 25, 2023

Four CVC teams advance in postseason

The OHSAA baseball and softball playoffs continued on Tuesday with four more Chagrin Valley Conference teams advancing in the postseason.

Cuyahoga Heights, Geneva, Independence, and Lutheran West all won sectional semifinal baseball games while Harvey, Edgewood, Lakeside, Perry, and West Geauga saw their playoff runs come to an end.

Kirtland’s softball team also had its tournament run halted by Youngstown Ursuline, who topped the Hornets in a district semifinal, 12-1.

Cuyahoga Heights defeated Open Door Christian School in a Division IV sectional semifinal, 9-3.

Andrew McDonald and Kyle Porter both recorded two hits for the RedWolves and McDonald also earned the pitching victory after allowing one earned run on five hits with four strikeouts in the complete-game victory.

The RedWolves will play at Hillsdale in Thursday’s sectional championship game.

Geneva edged host Perry in an all-CVC Division II sectional semifinal.

Trailing 4-3 after four innings, the Eagles took a 5-4 lead in the fifth and added three insurance runs in the seventh.

Merrik Cunningham led the Eagles with three hits and three runs batted in. Hewitt Wilt, Shea Arkenburg, and Ben Turchan each recorded two hits in the win.

Wyatt Fuduric started on the hill for the Eagles and allowed three earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts in three innings. Jack Cafaro threw one scoreless inning with two strikeouts and Wilt picked up the victory after allowing just one hit with two strikeouts in three scoreless innings of work.

Owen McKoon, Brock Sivon, Jason Pentek, and Collin Brooks had hits for Perry.

Geneva will play at Niles McKinley in Wednesday’s sectional championship game.

Independence opened the postseason with a 12-1 win over Lake Ridge Academy.

Ashton Lerz recorded three hits and a pitching victory after allowing one run on one hit with five strikeouts in three innings. Cy Jolliffe pitched the final two scoreless innings and also contributed with two hits. Mike Andryszczyk also recorded two hits in the win.

The Blue Devils travel to Mogadore for Thursday’s sectional final.

Lutheran West blanked East Canton in a Division II sectional semifinal, 6-0.

Ben Cruz pitched a gem. He allowed three this and struck out 10 in a seven-inning complete-game victory.

Adam Flachbart and Zack Keller both had two hits for the Longhorns, who travel to Akron Manchester on Wednesday.

Other CVC Scores:

  • Brush 12, Harvey 2
  • Mentor 10, Lakeside 0
  • Lakeview 11, Edgewood 4
  • Struthers 12, West Geauga 0



Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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