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  • Championship Sunday Could Be A Shootout…Big Stars And Big Scores

    The afternoon flight of the Bowlerstore.com Classic in Coldwater lit up the score sheets, promising an exciting championship round in the Sunday finale. Veteran stars like Tom Smallwood (above) are in the hunt for the 2022 title....

    August 13, 2022
  • Pla-Mor Giveth, Pla-Mor Taketh Away…Troy’s Bigelow Shines In Qualifying Round

    Troy, Ohio’s Kyle Bigelow was the ‘X’ factor during the early qualifying rounds of the 14th Annual bowlerstore.com PBA event in Coldwater....

    August 13, 2022
  • Day: Scrimmages Against Other Teams Too Dicey

    Ohio State finished its seventh pre-season practice Thursday and will scrimmage Saturday, and it won't take long for the players to get weary of playing against each other. Read Mark Znidar....

    August 13, 2022
  • Coaching Alma Mater Fulfills Dream for Philmore

    After numerous stops coaching at various levels, former Reynoldsburg and Northwestern great Mark Philmore finally found his way back home to coach the Raiders. Steve Blackledge writes for weekend Press Pros....

    August 13, 2022
  • Piqua Sharp In Scrimmage Win Over Northmont, Ouhl ‘Sparkles’

    Senior quarterback Brady Ouhl (above) proved he was ready to lead, ran for first downs, and threw for three touchdowns in Piqua's 24-21 Friday scrimmage win over visiting Northmont. Read more in our Saturday inside feature....

    August 13, 2022
  • Australia’s Cooley Wins PBA Kremer Classic In Minster….

    Australian Sam Cooley got hot, stayed consistent, and parlayed his #1 seed into a win at the 2nd Annual Kremer Roofing Classic PBA event at Minster's Community Lanes. Read more in the latest Press Pros feature....

    August 11, 2022
  • Knowles: Chambers And Eichenberg ‘Solidifying’ Linebacker

    Jim Knowles says he'll rely on his linebackers to solidify a Buckeye defense that saw its image tarnished in 2021. Read more from Andy Anders....

    August 11, 2022
  • Davidson In The Mix For Honors At Kremer Roofing PBA Classic

    Versailles’ Michael Davidson came out hot in Wednesday’s qualifying round, grabbing third position out of 23 bowlers who will compete for Thursday’s 2nd Annual Kremer Roofing title at Minster’s Community Lanes. Minster, OH ...

    August 10, 2022
  • Stokes Optimistic Year 2 At Coffman Will Be More Fruitful

    The two-time state champion at Minster spent year one at Coffman getting his points across - values, work, and playing for each other.  Now, in year two, he expects to see those values show dividends in an improvement on a 4-8 season. (Press Pros Fe...

    August 9, 2022
  • The Reader Speaks…August 8, 2022

    The words of Press Pros readers on the latest topics posted since July 15…summer baseball, Big Ten expansion, NIL, and ‘summer’ football? As always, we appreciate your opinions........

    August 7, 2022
  • ‘He’ll Split Somebody’s Face:’ Williams A ‘Bruising’ Complement To OSU’s Backfield

    He's the heavy 'hitter' among the Buckeyes' stable of running backs, and he's been that way since the days of Pee Wee football in Cincinnati.  Andy Anders profiles Ohio State's Miyan Williams in our Sunday feature....

    August 6, 2022
  • A Letter From Vin, And All It Means

    Columnist Greg Hoard, and Press Pros nostalgic, writes this tribute to baseball legend, Dodger play-by-play man, Vin Scully...a first-hand account of one man's 'greatness'. Enjoy!...

    August 6, 2022
  • The ‘Anonymous’ Standout…Can Blake Brumbaugh Lead Milton To New Heights In ’22?

    Milton Union's ultra-talented wideout/defensive back returns for his senior season, dangerous as ever, and hopeful that his final season is his best season for everyone concerned.  Read more in today's Press Pros feature....

    August 5, 2022
  • Anders: Camp Notes And More From Day, Buckeyes…..

    Camp notes from day one of fall practice, with attention to a revamped offensive line, backups, injuries healed, and at least one 'newbie' who hasn't taken long to make a good and lasting impression....

    August 5, 2022
  • To Walk In Tim Goodwin’s Shoes….

    The all-time title holder now in Ohio high school football at Marion Local, those who wonder what it's like to walk a mile in his shoes might be surprised.  It's not the latest title, at all, that satisfies Tim Goodwin, but the journey he took to get...

    August 4, 2022
  • Pickerington Central Star Stays At Home, Commits To OSU

    Six-foot-seven small forward Devin Royal, who powered Pickerington Central to the Division I state championship in March, committed to Ohio State, adding to the Buckeyes' strong 2023 class. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros....

    August 3, 2022
  • Stroud Says OSU Defense Flashing Unpredictability In Practice

    Ingenuity wasn’t exactly a calling card of Ohio State’s pass coverages in 2021.  Quarterback CJ Stroud has noticed...first-year defensive coordinator Jim Knowles is working on the fix. Columnist Andy Anders writes the Buckeyes for Press Pros....

    August 3, 2022
  • Off-Season Hunter’s Checklist? Remember The Good ‘PR’

    Almost everyone hunts on someone else's private property.  So, if you want to continue it's a good idea to keep up off-season communication and some good 'PR'. Olde English Outfitters, in Tipp City, sponsors stories of the outdoors on Press Pros Mag...

    August 2, 2022
  • Otten Recovered, Revitalized After Surprise Surgery

    An unexpected heart episode caught Chip Otten by surprise, but he's bounced back and preparing for yet another run at yet another state championship. Bruce Hooley writes for Press Pros....

    August 1, 2022
  • OSU Baseball Benefit Marks Turning Of The Page

    The new coaching regime was on display and available at the annual baseball benefit at York Golf Club, while the day was dedicated to the passing of an irreplaceable friend to Ohio State University. Read more in the latest Press Pros update....

    August 1, 2022
  • Media Day: Day Leans On An ‘Edge’…Buckeyes Eye Redemption

    At Big Ten media day Ryan Day spoke of a year's experience, and an added "edge", changes outcome for the Buckeyes in 2022
.  Press Pros was there, and columnist Andy Anders shares some highlights in today's Press Pros feature....

    July 27, 2022
  • Davidson’s Vision Becomes A Minster ‘Gathering Place’

    Three years after purchasing Community Lanes, Doug and Lorie Davidson's vision for what Minster's bowling house could be...is.  And they just keep making it better....

    July 26, 2022
  • Not My Words, But The Last Words On Baseball In Warm Weather

    A reader from northern Ohio has written to share that high school baseball in the summer is alive and well in the state of Iowa, and no one seems to have suffered negatively for it. And kudos to Coldwater High School's Keaton Bruns who had a big wee...

    July 25, 2022
  • Commentary: How The Rich Get Richer….

    With football starting fall practice in a week, there are concerns about the disparity between the elite programs in Ohio High School football and those struggling to keep pace - programs for which the competitive balance initiative has failed to hel...

    July 24, 2022
  • Akron Hires Greg Beals As New Head Baseball Coach….

    Just two months after being let go as the head coach at Ohio State, Greg Beals was hired Friday to rebuild and guide the University of Akron Zips program into a winning culture. Read more in the latest Press Pros feature....

    July 22, 2022
  • The Reader Speaks…July 21, 2022

    Summer readers respond to Big Ten expansion…ACME, as opposed to ‘travel’ baseball…questions on Buckeyes taken in the draft…and where in the world is Greg Hoard and Hal McCoy. As always, we appreciate your taking the time to let us know you’re out the...

    July 20, 2022
  • OSU Baseball: Mosiello, And A Process In The Works …!

    A month following his hiring as the Ohio State baseball coach, Bill Mosiello has hit the ground running, hiring a staff, sorting out the roster, and racking up the air miles recruiting.  He promised action, and he's doing his best to deliver. Read t...

    July 19, 2022
  • A ‘Big’ Deal…Defiance To Face Coldwater For State Acme Title

    Coldwater pitcher AJ Harlamert (left) again proved the value of playing at home with your friends...as a squeaker and a blowout marked the Acme state semi-final round Monday, with Coldwater and defending champ Defiance emerging to face in the Tuesday...

    July 19, 2022
  • Buckeyes’ Dezenzo Projects Safe Pick In Draft

    He has at least three of the five coveted tools in baseball, but the Buckeyes' Zach Dezenzo's best leverage in this week's draft may be his experience...and lack of risk. Read more in the latest Press Pros feature....

    July 17, 2022
  • Of Boys And Men, Time And Loss…And Homecoming

    On the occasion of officially becoming a senior citizen, I took the time to go home, look back, and discover that time and change stands still for nothing....and no one!...

    July 16, 2022
  • What It Takes To Get Ejected From A Baseball Game…..

    A recent watering hole discussion led to the age-old question when there’s nothing else to talk about in baseball.  What does it REALLY take to get thrown out of a game?...

    July 12, 2022
  • Greg Hoard: How I Met…Stan “The Man”

    There are times when fame holds no sanctuary, and when irony and awkwardness become as one and inseparable. That's how I met my first true hall-of-famer face to face...the great Stan Musial! In one of the most popular baseball stories ever on Press...

    July 11, 2022
  • Throwing ‘Strikes’, And The Endangered Species….

    I’ve spent a lifetime watching, and will share the following frustrating observation.  That no pitcher at any level of baseball has any chance of winning...if he doesn’t throw strikes....

    July 10, 2022
  • A Grand Day For Boys, Acme Baseball….!

    In the District 4 tournament final Coldwater beat Minster to move on to next week's state ACME tournament.  But the more important story was that of boys from a community playing, competing, and helping each other to become better baseball players......

    July 9, 2022
  • A Night At The Ballpark, Then And Now…And Navigating New Press Pros

    Times have changed...prices have changed...if you haven't been to a minor league baseball game recently.  Let me share a couple of grins with you from how it used to be.  And some info...on Buckeye baseball, and changes to the Press Pros site.  ...

    July 8, 2022
  • Whatever Happened To?….Andrew Magno Finds Innings That Matter With Tigers’ A-Ball Whitecaps

    One of the more interesting Buckeyes then because of the size of fight in the dog...and his ability to pitch all day...former closer Andrew Magno is now creating new interest with an outstanding season at Single-A West Michigan....

    July 6, 2022
  • Inventory On The 4th Of July….

    Tomorrow we go back to getting ready for the fall sports season and another year. But on this 4th of July it’s a good time to reflect on who we are, and how we all got here....

    July 4, 2022
  • Bruce Hooley: It Might Take a Crowbar, But USC, UCLA Can Fit

    Bruce Hooley: Money supposedly can't buy happiness, but it's clearly behind the happy face the Big Ten is putting on with its surprise addition of USC and UCLA. Bruce Hooley writes it for Press Pros....

    July 4, 2022
  • The Finest ‘Stars And Stripes’ You’ll Ever Hear….July 4, 2022

    It's a tradition on our national holiday, and bands have played this song for generations - since 1896.  But none of them play it better than this recording sent to me recently by a friend who loves 1) the United States of America, and 2) The Stars A...

    July 3, 2022
  • What History Has Forgotten About The 4th Of July….

    Some notable events about July 4th - and notable sounds - that we've forgotten over the course of 250years...but not forgotten by Press Pros.  Enjoy today's read, and the Fourth of July weekend!...

    July 2, 2022
  • Big Ten Adding USC, UCLA Greedy, But Absolutely Brilliant

    Big Ten expansion with USC and UCLA is all about protecting and growing the conference brand, and it was important to add these universities before the SEC moved in and took them first. Columbus, OH – A nanosecond is one-billionth of a second, or the...

    July 1, 2022
  • Politics, And The Impact It’s About To Have On Sports

    Happy 4th of July? The political division we’re living through now is just the tip of the iceberg. Because if you went to a high school game in the past to get your mind off culture…you might not have a place to go in the future....

    July 1, 2022
  • Time, And Change…And People I Wish Could See It

    On the threshold of an entirely new Press Pros website, reflection on how far we've come, and people not with us now who had a lot to do with us getting here...who would have loved to have seen more along the way (Marion Local's 12th title, above)....

    June 29, 2022
  • The Reader Speaks, June 28, 2022

    Last week's coverage of Ohio State's hiring Bill Mosiello as head baseball coach brought a surprising number of observations about the culture of college and amateur baseball in Ohio and the Midwest.  Read, and consider for yourself....

    June 28, 2022
  • Better Weather For Baseball…Here’s What You Do Next Year

    A Press Pros reader brought it to our attention this week...that if you can't change the weather for the sake of baseball in cold, wet Ohio springs...skip it altogether with people who can provide a convenient and organized alternative. Steve Partin...

    June 26, 2022
  • Landon Price, And How It Feels To Be In His Shoes….

    The recently named Division IV Player of The Year, Van Wert's Landon Price wrapped up his high school career with a 24-1 record, a Division IV state runner-up trophy, a scholarship to pitch for the Buckeyes...and motivation to get still better, and b...

    June 24, 2022
  • On Baseball Cards, Little Boys, And Inflation….

    Sixty years later I smile at the story of my first baseball card purchase, what it cost compared to the present, and at least one concerned adult who questioned...are baseball cards a good thing for kids? Want a smile? Have a read, then go find you...

    June 23, 2022
  • Mosiello Meets The Press: And If It Takes A Village…?

    Bill Mosiello made it clear in his first words to Buckeye media Tuesday...he won't take two years to settle in, and he's totally committed to make the most of a job he's anticipated for 30 years.  But there's more to winning at this level than 'want ...

    June 21, 2022
  • Mosiello Aims At The Heights For Ohio State At Introduction

    The new baseball coach spent 36 seasons working for some of the finest baseball teams and organizations in the sport, and he thinks he has what it takes to get the Buckeyes back on top, and to sustain. Mark Znidar writes for Press Pros....

    June 21, 2022
  • You Can’t Put A Price On Success…But Ryan Day Did

    If you've never considered the impact of name, image, and likeness...or its impact on college sports couldn't possibly touch you...consider last week's bombshell when OSU coach Ryan Day shared with area businesses that they need to "pay like a champi...

    June 20, 2022
  • ‘Reader Speaks’ Speaks Volumes About Youth Baseball

    With appreciation for those who welcomed us, and those who made it happen, we could not have enjoyed baseball more than what we wrote about in this past weekend's Craig Stammen Classic. A final salute....!...

    June 20, 2022
  • Stammen: ‘Talkin Baseball’, And The ‘Music’ Of Baseball

    Kids are playing baseball at the Craig Stammen Classic this weekend, hoping to kick-start a future in baseball. Forty years ago song writer Terry Cashman kick-started his future with a song that you know, but you don't know the story. We mix youth ...

    June 18, 2022
  • First Words With Mosiello…The Buckeyes ‘Get Their Man’

    TCU assistant head coach Bill Mosiello became the fifth head coach in the modern era of Ohio State baseball Wednesday after what associate athletic director Shaun Richard called a diligent search.  He makes quite the first impression. Read about him...

    June 17, 2022
  • Why Community Baseball Is The Best Baseball For Kids….

    Those five hundred grade school and junior high boys playing Little League baseball in Versailles this weekend are worth their wait in gold to the future of baseball, and in particular...baseball in your hometown.  We explain why....

    June 17, 2022
  • First Words With Mosiello…The Buckeyes ‘Get Their Man’

    TCU assistant head coach Bill Mosiello became the fifth head coach in the modern era of Ohio State baseball Wednesday after what associate athletic director Shaun Richard called a diligent search.  He makes quite the first impression. Read about him...

    June 16, 2022
  • What Craig Had In Mind Is Now Paying Dividends….

    A decade later, the annual Craig Stammen amateur baseball 'Classic' is providing a return on an unusual investment...show kids that playing baseball can lead to things you can't get any other way.  Read about the latest example (Russia's Hayden Quint...

    June 14, 2022
  • What I Learned At The Tournament…From People

    Pretty as a picture, Akron's Canal Park...With the wrap-up of another school year and high school sports season, some thoughts on what I heard and observed at the state baseball tournament...and maybe some things you thought NO ONE cared about!...

    June 13, 2022
  • Chardon Knocks Off Defending Champ Hoban for DII Title

    It was quite a school year for Chardon, which followed up its second straight state football title with its first in baseball. The Hilltoppers used a five-run sixth inning to win over the Knights in a wild contest in the tournament finale....

    June 12, 2022
  • Grove City Can’t Get It Done, Falls To Northview In Div. I

    A beat short...Plagued by pitching woes and an inability to build on a productive first inning, Grove City saw its greatest season in program history halted by Sylvania Northview 6-1 in the Division I state title game....

    June 11, 2022
  • Grove City Can’t Get It Done, Falls To Northview In Div. I

    A beat short...Plagued by pitching woes and an inability to build on a productive first inning, Grove City saw its greatest season in program history halted by Sylvania Northview 6-1 in the Division I state title game....

    June 11, 2022
  • Gatti Walk-Off Single In 8th Gives Waynedale First Title

    In an extra-inning thriller featuring excellent pitching, Apple Creek Waynedale loaded the bases in the eight inning and Conner Gatti smacked a walk-off RBI single to give the Golden Bears a 2-1 win over Milan Edison for the Division III state title....

    June 11, 2022
  • ‘Price’ Not Right, Russia Claims Division IV Crown

    Hoist it high...The Russia Raiders are the 2022 Division IV state champions in baseball after defeating Lincolnview 10-4 in the first of Saturday's four title games in Akron. Read game details in the latest Press Pros update....

    June 11, 2022
  • Hartley Comeback In Wild Sixth Inning Falls Short In 6-5 Loss

    After giving up five runs in the sixth inning, Hartley scored four of its own before losing a Division II state semifinal game to Chardon....

    June 10, 2022
  • Badin Shrinks After Fast Start, Falls To Hoban in Division II

    Hamilton Badin couldn't maintain its first inning momentum and fast start...and fell to talented Hoban in the Division II semi-final round....

    June 10, 2022
  • Small Ball Approach Propels Grove City To DI Title Game

    Four runs in the first two innings gave Greyhounds sophomore ace Keegan Holstrom all the support he needed in a 4-1 state semifinal win over No. 2-ranked Mason and its state player of the year pitcher Brenden Garula. ...

    June 10, 2022
  • Nail-Biter Goes To Northview In Div. I Semi-Final Win

    Shock and despair...Sylvania Northview pinch runner Adyen Hall dives across the plate on a seventh inning wild pitch to push the Wildcats past Kenston in Friday's first Division I semi-final game, 3-2. Read more about the tournament on Press Pros....

    June 10, 2022
  • Bottom Of Lineup Provides Lift For Edison in Extra-Inning Win

    Milan Edison's Ben Bates added the finishing touches...an inning of scoreless relief to nail down the most compelling of the opening day semi-final matches at the state tournament. In eight innings, Edison knocked out Roger Bacon in the Div. III sem...

    June 9, 2022
  • In Division III: Waynedale Knocks Out Liberty Union

    In the tournament's first of two Division III semi-finals...Waynedale outpitches, outlasts Liberty Union to win, 4-3....

    June 9, 2022
  • Ebel’s One-Hit Gem Sends Lincolnview To Division IV Final

    Dane Ebel saw a no-hit bit foiled in the seventh inning, but his 11-strikeout performance powered Lincolnview to an 8-1 rout of overmathced Tiffin Calvert, His first cousin,  Ohio-State-bound Landon Price, went 3-for-4 to pace the Lancers' offense....

    June 9, 2022
  • “Grant Had Our Back”…Russia Outduels Newark Catholic, 4-3

    Senior Grant Saunders pitched a gem two-hitter, and teammate Zane Shappie came up with the big hit to push Russia past Newark Catholic and on to Saturday's Division IV state final. Read about the game in the latest update from the state tournament....

    June 9, 2022
  • Through Tough Times, Grove City Baseball Thrives

    When a failed school levy in 2009 fractured Grove City's sports teams, the baseball team managed to march ahead under the leadership of coach Ryan Alexander. The Greyhounds return to the state tournament in Akron this weekend for the first time since...

    June 8, 2022
  • “Baseball Has A Strange Way Of Loving You Back….”

    After fifty years I’ve come to understand that nothing is more unpredictable, and inexplicable, than tournament baseball. Last week's regional round bore proof that brought back a lot of old memories. Read more.......

    June 7, 2022
  • The Reader Speaks…June 5, 2021

    May was a fertile month for reader response - on better weather for baseball, the firing of Ohio State coach Greg Beals, our scholar-athlete awards…and Zach Dezenzo’s story....

    June 5, 2022
  • Lane, Bentley Power Pick Cent., Gahanna To Track Titles

    Continuing a recent trend, central Ohio teams and individuals walked away with most of the hardware in the Division I state track and field championships at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Steve Blackledge writes for Sunday's Press Pros....

    June 5, 2022
  • Five Memorable Baseball Games…..

    After seeing and officiating thousands of baseball games in my life, a conversation this week centered on those - some favorites - that still stood out. You might be surprised. Read more in our Sunday Press Pros feature....

    June 5, 2022
  • Lane, Bentley Power Pick Cent., Gahanna To Track Titles

    Continuing a recent trend, central Ohio teams and individuals walked away with most of the hardware in the Division I state track and field championships at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Steve Blackledge writes for Sunday's Press Pros....

    June 4, 2022
  • Triway Ace Shuts Down Alder In 2-1 State Title Nail-Biter

    Jonathan Alder fought to tie its Division II state title game with Wooster Triway, but the Pioneers and senior ace Marlee Jacobs couldn't come up with the magic they needed in falling to Wooster Triway, 2-1....

    June 4, 2022
  • Holmstrom, Defense Leads Grove City To Final Four

    Grove City got championship pitching and defense...and enough offense to slide past defending champ New Albany and into next week's state Final Four in Division I. Columnist Andy Anders writes for Press Pros Magazine....

    June 4, 2022
  • Braun’s Injury Mars Big Day At State Track Meet

    Two Columbus-area long jumpers captured Division III long jump crowns and Hilliard Davidson's girls 4x800 relay took second, but the big story was Westerville Central standout Justin Braun scratching from four preliminary races and Castalia's Kenna S...

    June 3, 2022
  • New Albany Stays On Track, Readies for Grove City

    New Albany's Caden Robinson delivered a solid start, even if his team didn't, but the Eagles nevertheless took care of Westerville North to set up a fourth game this season against Grove City. (PressPros Feature Photo by Brian Bayless). ...

    June 3, 2022
  • History Flipped, Russia Reminds Loramie In Reg. Win

    Final out, and celebration...Russia's pitcher Xavier Phlipot fires his glove over the final out, and the Raiders celebrate their first trip to the state Final Four since 2017...hoping for their first win since 1971. Read more about Friday's regional...

    June 3, 2022
  • One Bad Inning Proves Decisive In Vikings’ Defeat

    Miami East couldn't summon the magic that forged a post-season run of softball success not seen in a generation, but the Vikings' season perhaps foreshadows more such achievements to follow....

    June 3, 2022
  • Strasburg Stops Bradford’s Path To Title Repeat

    It wasn't their day, in more ways than one, but Bradford's Railroaders accessed a big-picture perspective quickly in the aftermath of a frustrating state semifinal defeat. Read Bruce Hooley on the Girls State Softball Championship here on PressPros....

    June 3, 2022
  • Jacobs, Robbins Lift Alder Within Win Of D-II Title

    Jonathan Alder is within one victory of its second Division II state softball championship in four years, thanks in no small measure to senior Danielle Robbins, whose inside-the-park home run had her smiling as she crossed home plate. (PressPros Feat...

    June 3, 2022
  • Motivation Galore: Loramie And Russia In Reg. Rematch

    The two Shelby County League rivals got through their respective regional semi-final matches to set up Friday Finals reprise from a year ago - Loramie (below) vs. Russia for the chance to go to Akron next week....

    June 2, 2022
  • Memorial Day, And Facts About Liberty…And Music

    It’s a well-recognized tune, one of the most famous in America, but for the sake of fact…some words about a “national” tune not written by John Phillip Sousa, but one he admitted that he liked as much as his own. A holiday tribute in today's Press P...

    May 28, 2022
  • Braun’s Record Performance Leads Warhawks To Title

    Westerville South's Reign Winston celebrates his meet record in the high jump, but it was Westerville Central's Justin Braun who stole the show in the Division I regional at Pickerington North. (PressPros Feature photo by John Hulkenberg)....

    May 28, 2022
  • Braun’s Record Performance Leads Warhawks To Title

    Westerville South's Reign Winston celebrates his meet record in the high jump, but it was Westerville Central's Justin Braun who stole the show in the Division I regional at Pickerington North. (PressPros Feature photo by John Hulkenberg)....

    May 28, 2022
  • The Exit Interview….!

    Think winning is easy in Big Ten baseball? Ohio State didn’t live up to expectation, and at times looked over-matched, which invites analysis between now and fall baseball, and the 2023 season. Between those times, the Buckeyes will travel the road ...

    May 27, 2022
  • Overpowered: Tipp Falls To Badin In District Finals, 1-0

    Tipp's Matt Salmon (below) had one of just two hits for the game, as the Red Devils' season came to an end Thursday at the hands of Hamilton Badin and pitcher Nik Copenhaver. Read about it in Friday's Press Pros inside feature....

    May 26, 2022
  • Beals: “Zero Regrets” About My Time At Ohio State

    In 12 seasons, the head baseball coach won a lot of ballgames, but he also noted...that he didn't win enough to save his job. Read Mark Znidar's interview with Greg Beals in Wednesday's Press Pros....

    May 24, 2022
  • Pitching & Defense: Butler Beats Centerville, 1-0

    A district semi-final that featured two brilliant pitching performances, steady defense by both teams, and one big hit by Austin Flohre (below, center, in helmet) at the end sent Butler past Centerville in extra innings, 1-0. Read about the game on ...

    May 24, 2022
  • Loramie Catches A Breather, Cruises Past Bradford In District Win

    Aided measurably by four Bradford errors, Fort Loramie continues its quest for another Final Four shot with a 10-0 district win Monday in the semi-final round at Newton....

    May 23, 2022
  • Ohio State Dismisses Beals After 12th Season

    The Buckeyes made the NCAA tournament three times in four seasons before the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season, but a 21-30 finish this season spelled the end of Greg Beals' tenure as Buckeyes baseball coach....

    May 23, 2022
  • Lightning Zaps Ohio State’s Last Game Against Upstate

    It doesn't take a deep dive to figure out why the team lost 30 games in a season for only the second time in decades, and that was poor infield defense and a young starting rotation that didn't throw enough strikes. Brent Todys gives Coach Beals a b...

    May 21, 2022
  • Gahanna’s Speed Steals Another District Softball Title

    Gahanna’s Lilly Campbell celebrates her home run, the biggest blow in an otherwise small-ball attack that lifted Gahanna to a 6-0 victory over Olentangy Liberty and its 11th district championship in 14 seasons. (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulken...

    May 21, 2022
  • Gahanna’s Speed Steals Another District Softball Title

    Gahanna’s Lilly Campbell celebrates her home run, the biggest blow in an otherwise small-ball attack that lifted Gahanna to a 6-0 victory over Olentangy Liberty and its 11th district championship in 14 seasons. (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulken...

    May 21, 2022
  • The Captain Has His Say…

    Despite the disappointment of being passed over by the draft, and an elbow injury that cost him half the season at his set position, Buckeye senior Zach Dezenzo never lost faith in himself or his goal to prove...he's worthy of one more, bigger, shot ...

    May 21, 2022
  • Ohio State Out-Slugs Upstate On Blustery Day, 13-10

    Shortstop Zach Dezenzo kept up his hot streak with his 18th and 19th home runs to tie the team season record. Colton Baurer (pictured) dives and catches the ball in midair in Friday's win over USC. Mark Znidar writes Ohio State baseball for Press P...

    May 21, 2022
  • Bey, Gabel, MAC Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Winners

    Versailles' Carson Bey and New Knoxville's Ellie Gabel have been chosen as the 2022 Press Pros sponsors' scholar-athlete award winners, and their case for consideration was hard to ignore. Read about them in today's Press Pros....

    May 20, 2022
  • Winans’ Big Blow Helps Marysville Outlast Olentangy

    Marysville's Hannah Pack celebrates scoring a run in what proved a back-and-forth Division I district softball final that the Monarchs pulled out with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge upstart Olentangy. (PressPros Feature Photo by J...

    May 20, 2022
  • Ohio State Frustrated Beyond Belief Against USC-Upstate

    The Buckeyes had plenty of chances to score and take the lead, but the Spartans pulled off some outstanding defensive plays for another difficult loss. (Celebrating pictured) The Buckeyes took a 3-2 lead when Blane Robinson homered to right on a 1-an...

    May 20, 2022
  • ‘Trouble With The Fastball’, Sidney Knocks Out Troy

    A rare defensive lapse to catch and throw, and to hit with men in scoring position (12 left on base) caught up with Troy, as the #4 Trojans fells to #8 Sidney in the sectional baseball tournament. Read about the game....

    May 19, 2022
  • ‘Trouble With The Fastball’, Sidney Knocks Out Troy

    A rare defensive lapse to catch and throw, and to hit with men in scoring position (12 left on base) caught up with Troy, as the #4 Trojans fells to #8 Sidney in the sectional baseball tournament. Read about the game....

    May 19, 2022
  • ‘Trouble With The Fastball’, Sidney Knocks Out Troy

    A rare defensive lapse to catch and throw, and to hit with men in scoring position (12 left on base) caught up with Troy, as the #4 Trojans fells to #8 Sidney in the sectional baseball tournament. Read about the game....

    May 19, 2022
  • Bey, Gabel, MAC Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Winners

    Versailles' Carson Bey and New Knoxville's Ellie Gabel have been chosen as the 2022 Press Pros sponsors' scholar-athlete award winners, and their case for consideration was hard to ignore. Read about them in today's Press Pros....

    May 18, 2022
  • Pitching, Timely Hitting Lead Buckeyes Past Cincinnati

    Aaron Funk had a quality start and relievers Garrett Peters, Nate Karaffa and Ethan Hammerberg shut down the Bearcats. Right fielder Mitchell Okuley had a two-run homer and tacked on an RBI double....

    May 18, 2022
  • A ‘Better’ Tourney Win…Piqua Clips Northmont In Opener

    They played better than a #10 seed.  Piqua pitched well, showed patience, executed, and came from two runs down to nip Northmont in the fifth inning (Hunter Steinke, below), 4-3.  Brad Lavy called it, "A better tournament win."...

    May 17, 2022
  • Meyer, Heitkamp Garner SCL Press Pros Sponsor Awards

    You know them as a pair of basketball guards from Botkins and Fort Loramie. Jameson Meyer and Riley Heitkamp claim the Press Pros sponsors' scholar-athlete scholarships for the 2021-'22 Shelby County League sports year....

    May 16, 2022
  • Ohio State Puts It Together Twice, Routs Penn State

    Ohio State's Kade Kern (below) reaches for home plate to score in the second game of Sunday's double win over Penn State - a day in which the Buckeyes finally put it together in the field and with the bats. Mark Znidar writes about them in the lates...

    May 15, 2022
  • On Which Is Easier…Flying A Cessna, Or Winning Baseball Games?

    The individual who flew, or hired someone to fly, around Bill Davis Friday with a banner calling for a coaching change should have done some homework as well as his flight plan.  Short flights are nothing.  Season-long trips with turbulence is anothe...

    May 14, 2022
  • Penn State Socks 6 Home Runs In Win Over Buckeyes

    Ohio State got home runs from Dezenzo, Okuley, Bauer and Lipsey, but leaky pitching again proved to be too much to overcome in a weekend-opening loss to Penn State. Mark Znidar writes....

    May 13, 2022
  • Final Tuneups…And Who’s Better Than….?

    Loramie and Minster met Friday at an unusual time, and the Redskins' Ty Ruhenkamp feasted on the inconsistencies of 2022 Minster, handing the Wildcats a 3-0 shutout loss....

    May 13, 2022
  • The Natural: Vandy-Bound Wolfe Achieves His Dream

    Olentangy Orange senior shortstop Matt Wolfe never wavered in chasing a childhood dream to someday play baseball for national powerhouse Vanderbilt....

    May 13, 2022
  • Arcanum Takes WOAC Showdown Over Newton

    Head to head...Arcanum and Newton met Thursday, each with one conference loss, to decide who would emerge as the outright leader in the WOAC. The Trojans' Caden Thompson wasn't successful at scoring in the seventh inning (below), but he more than ma...

    May 12, 2022
  • Leaping Lizards: Darby Long Jumper Chasing More Titles

    Indiana-bound Hilliard Darby senior Alex Smith has been a quick study on the track, emerging as an elite long jumper and sprinter. All that's missing is a state title. (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg)....

    May 12, 2022
  • Ohio State Bats Go Silent In 10-1 Loss to Campbell

    Graduate student Aaron Funk was marvelous through four innings in being on a pitch count, but the bullpen and the batting order fizzled. Read more about the game....

    May 12, 2022
  • Green (Wave) With Envy: Greenville, Newland Reach Milestone

    Jerrod Newland arrived in Greenville in 2003. The Green Wave's softball program showed up soon after. Newland -- who comes from a rich softball background -- added another family milestone with win No. 500 on Tuesday. But talk to Newland for any leng...

    May 11, 2022
  • Six Home Runs by Campbell Beat Buckeyes 11-1

    The Camels appear to be on the way to the NCAA tournament with a 31-14 record and first place standing in the Big South Conference, whereas Ohio State is playing for pride. Read about the game in Wednesday's Press Pros by Mark Znidar....

    May 11, 2022
  • Piqua Turns Tables On Butler…In Shutout Win

    Too young to have nerves...Piqua freshman Hunter Steinke celebrates the final out of the Indians' Monday win over Butler. Steinke and starter Brayden Offenbacher combined to pitch a one-hit shutout. Read more about the game....

    May 9, 2022
  • Coming Of Age? Bucks Win 4th Straight, Sweep N’western

    Kade Kern (below) delivered the winning hit in the top of the ninth, and the Buckeyes held on to win their fourth straight, and sweep their weekend series on the road at Northwestern. Read about the game in Monday's Press Pros....

    May 8, 2022
  • Two Big (Huge) Innings Power Bucks In Sweep Of N’Western

    Runs, runs, and more runs...The Buckeyes scored a combined 39 runs on 40 hits Saturday, sweeping the double-header from Northwestern. Brent Todys (below) went 8 for 11 with two home runs and 8 RBIs. Read more about the game....

    May 7, 2022
  • MAC Title Decided On Coldwater’s Walk-Off Win

    The bottom of Coldwater's lineup came up clutch in the Cavaliers' final at-bat, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim their first MAC title since 2008. Coldwater's win denied Minster a fourth straight MAC title. ...

    May 5, 2022
  • MAC Title Decided On Coldwater’s Walk-Off Win

    The bottom of Coldwater’s lineup came up clutch in the Cavaliers’ final at-bat, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim their first MAC title since 2008. Coldwater’s win denied Minster a fourth straight MAC title. Col...

    May 5, 2022
  • Berlin Hits Two Bombs, Knocks Off Marysville, 8-4

    Berlin’s Jocelyn Franz (left), Elizabeth Sprecher, Addi Davis and their teammates had plenty to celebrate in an 8-4 victory over fifth-ranked Marysville that keeps the OCC Cardinal championship up for grabs. (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenbe...

    May 4, 2022
  • Eli Rindler Slows Down Coldwater…!

    Senior Eli Rindler proved that lack of velocity is a powerful weapon against a good baseball team.  Minster hands Coldwater its first league loss behind Rindler's complete game five-hitter....

    May 4, 2022
  • “Obviously, This Isn’t Going Away….!”

    Response to the latest Reader Speaks column (April 25th) would appear to prove that if adjusting the season for baseball and softball isn't finding a willing ear in Columbus...it's the only part of Ohio where it's being ignored....

    May 4, 2022
  • Bradley Gains Confidence From Solid Win At Liberty

    Hilliard Bradley used timely hitting, efficient pitching and steady defense -- epitomized by the ready-for-action stance from third-baseman Andrea Day -- to surprise highly-touted Olentangy Liberty (PressPros Feature Photo by Brian Bayless)....

    May 2, 2022
  • So, Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Russia (or Newton)…?

    They're 11-5 after five weeks of off and on baseball, and their five losses have all been to state-ranked teams.  So with the tourney draw this weekend, why isn't Russia (and pitcher Xavier Phlipot, below) being talked about more favorably in area Di...

    May 2, 2022
  • Rutgers’ 7 Home Runs Lead To Sweep Of Ohio State

    The Buckeyes led 8-3 after three innings, but as has been their habit...they quit hitting and the bullpen gave up the home run ball in an eventual 11-8 Rutgers win. Mark Znidar writes for Monday Press Pros....

    May 1, 2022
  • Grand Slam In 6th By Rutgers Dooms Ohio State

    Sophomore left-hander Isaiah Coupet was one out from getting out of the inning, but a walk loaded the bases and reliever Jake Johnson gave up a shot to center by Ryan Lasko. Greg Beals (below) signals to the bullpent for the next pitcher in line. R...

    April 30, 2022
  • Rutgers’ Power Too Much For Ohio State In 6-4 Victory

    Frustration for the Buckeyes was senior shortstop Zach Dezenzo flying out to the warning track in center field three times in five at bats. The team stranded 10 baserunners....

    April 30, 2022
  • Helman, Troy, Evens Things With Shutout Over Tippecanoe

    For the second time in three days Troy and Tipp swapped miles and outcomes along I-75.  After a sloppy loss on Tuesday, Troy atoned with its best baseball Thursday and a 2-hit shutout win by junior Andrew Helman. Read more about the game in Friday's...

    April 28, 2022
  • What To Count Between Now And The Next Twenty Games….

    13-23 as they enter the final tri-mester of the season, the baseball Buckeyes aren't where they thought they might be...but they're still where they need to be with the future in mind.  I'll explain....

    April 28, 2022
  • Versailles Beats The Cold, The Odds…And New Bremen

    The error of their ways? New Bremen limited Versailles to just four hits. But four costly Cardinal errors helped Versailles to a 4-2 win on another cold, blustery Tuesday. Read about the game in Wednesday's Press Pros....

    April 26, 2022
  • Olentangy Schools Flexing Considerable Baseball Muscle

    Olentangy Liberty's David Dielman is one of four Division I recruits on the Patriots, and among the many elite players that make three schools in the Olentangy district among the best teams in Division I (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg)....

    April 26, 2022
  • The Reader Speaks, April 25, 2022

    The worst spring weather in a generation has moved Press Pros readers, old and new, far and wide, to comment on our recent opinions on playing baseball and softball in better weather.  As always, we appreciate your taking the time to read and share....

    April 25, 2022
  • Buckeyes Use ‘Clutch’ For Comeback Win Over Michigan

    "I thought I got it good enough," said Trey Lipsey (below). He did...his ninth inning homer tied the score at 5-5 and led to a Buckeye 6-5 ninth inning win Sunday over Michigan. Read about it....

    April 24, 2022
  • Bradford Rolling Along: Roaders Gaining Momentum

    Bradford picked up a confidence-boosting win against D-II Greenville with a 5-3 win Saturday. The Railroaders have now won seven of their last nine games. Read Greg Billing on girls softball in Press Pros....

    April 23, 2022
  • Pitching Woes Cost Bucks, Wastes 13 Runs, 15 Hits

    Aerial view of Michigan's Joe Stewart's astounding day...his third home run of the game and 11 runs batted in, fueling an eventual 16-13 win...the Buckeyes respondng for nine runs in the final two innings. Read about it....

    April 23, 2022
  • What No One Is Writing About 12-22….

    Fighting through one of their most frustrating seasons ever, the baseball Buckeyes are nonetheless playing for today and the future.  The worm will turn. It always does....

    April 23, 2022
  • The ‘Twists’ Cost Bucks Late Lead, Opener To Michigan

    Michigan's Jimmy Obertop (background) circles the bases with the tying home run in the ninth inning. An inning later the Buckeyes drop the series opener in Ann Arbor in the tenth. Read about the game on Press Pros....

    April 22, 2022
  • Coldwater Uses Weather, And Dellinger,To Blank Versailles

    Coldwater scored 14 runs on 10 hits, and feasted on a complete-game three-hitter and first inning home run by Reece Dellinger.  But when it was over everyone was in agreement...it's just easier, and better, to play baseball when it's warm....

    April 21, 2022
  • Coldwater Uses Weather, And Dellinger,To Blank Versailles

    Coldwater scored 14 runs on 10 hits, and feasted on a complete-game three-hitter and first inning home run by Reece Dellinger (below).  But when it was over everyone was in agreement...it's just easier, and better, to play baseball when it's warm....

    April 21, 2022
  • Making A State-Ment: Russia’s Defense Stops Fort Loramie

    The Russia Raiders secured a firm grip on the SCAL after throwing out three Fort Loramie runners at the plate, and getting another in a rundown. Russia's 7-1 win was the 11th straight for the Raiders, who debuted at No. 2 in the D-IV state poll. Rea...

    April 21, 2022
  • Ohio State Comes Back In 8th To Trip Up Marshall

    The going was rough until clutch hits by Trey Lipsey and Kade Kern, a sacrifice fly by Tyler Pettorini and bad fielding by the Herd brought in four runs. Mark Znidar writes Ohio State baseball for Press Pros....

    April 19, 2022
  • Loramie Gets ‘Barnstorm’ Win, Over Visiting Independence

    Loramie coach Jeff Sanders (background) waves around a pair of runs in the Redskins' seven-run sixth inning to beat visiting Independence on Tuesday. Read about the game in Wednesday's Press Pros....

    April 19, 2022
  • Hard Days For The Buckeyes…And The Numbers

    Hoping to regroup from a discouraging weekend in Maryland, the Buckeyes have a reset opportunity with Marshall on Tuesday before another road weekend, and Michigan.  Some numbers to consider...between now and then....

    April 18, 2022
  • Bucks Bludgeoned In Series Finale With Maryland

    Maryland’s offensive onslaught continued in the series finale, pounding out double-digit hits and double-digit runs in a 16-1 win....

    April 17, 2022
  • Buckeyes Proof Of How Tough It Is To Win

    11-20 for the year, the Buckeyes in those thirty one games clearly show how hard it can be to win in college baseball. It's a process!...

    April 17, 2022

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