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Clay pitchers mature to lead Eagles into final four
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 14 May 2010 09:25

Clay baseball coach Garry Isbell figured the fate of his first season as the Eagles' head coach would hinge on how well an inexperienced pitching staff matured.

“We lost three pretty good pitchers last year — Drew Kuns and Kyle Romstadt, who were both first-team All-City League, and Mike Toth,” Isbell said. “We didn't have a lot of experience coming back except for Austin Petroff, so that was a concern.”

Turns out, Clay's pitching staff has more than held its own.

The Eagles, the defending CL champions, started the season on a sour note thanks to a .170 team batting average that resulted in a 2-5 record. Since then, Clay (12-8, 7-2) has won 10 of its last 12 and qualified for the CL's final four tournament. Its team batting average has jumped to .297 heading into Wednesday's 5-4 sectional championship loss to St. Francis de Sales.

 
Brandon Maze’s battery work takes Flyers up another level
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 14 May 2010 09:24

Having players like Brandon Maze is what keeps guys like Greg Wilker coaching baseball for as long as they do.

Wilker, in his 26th season as Lake High School's head coach, knows players like Maze don't come along very often. Prior to this season Maze, a 6-3, 160-pound senior, made his mark as a second-team All-Suburban Lakes League pitcher (3-3, 1.89 ERA in 2009) and right fielder.

Wilker, however, needed another catcher after the graduation of Taylor Barteck, so he asked Maze if he could pitch – he is the Flyers' No. 2 starter behind senior Ryan Hotmer – and split duties behind the plate with sophomore Jake Bandeen.

“It was fine with me,” Maze said. “I was happy to do it and make the team better. I just do what the team needs to be done. When I came to high school I was always the backup catcher, but I only got in about three games a year. It was fun. Lately I've been doing better at blocking balls. I like having pitchers have confidence in me to block an 0-2 curveball in the dirt.”

 
Lake graduate setting records on pro women’s tour
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Friday, 14 May 2010 09:21

Oregon resident Jodi Woessner charged into the record books at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships, crushing the all-time mark for all-events and tying the record for three-game series.
 
Woessner graduated from Lake High School in 1988, according to Northwood resident Rick Radocy, publisher of The Sport bowling newspaper. Radocy says her family owned Deshler Lanes, an eight-alley bowling center in Deshler, Ohio, which is where she honed her skills as a youth. She is an exempt bowler in the PBA women’s series, meaning she no longer has to qualify for national tournaments through regional events.
 
According to www.TeamUSAShop.com, at the U.S. Bowling Congress championships, Woessner had a scratch all-events total of 2,330, an average of 258.8 for nine games, at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center to beat the previous record of 2,231 set by Leanne Hulsenburg in 2005.

 
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