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Jun
5

For Bradford, It’s Full Steam Ahead Into State Final

The Bradford Railroaders steamrolled into the Division IV state title game with an 11-0, five-inning victory against New Riegel on Friday afternoon. Skipp Miller threw a 12th no-hitter and the Railroaders’ offense backed her up with a five-run first inning. The ‘Roaders return Sunday for a shot at the school’s first-ever team state title.

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Jun
5

Ailing Wolfe Powers Orange Advance To Meet New Albany

Two scintillating semifinals in an All-Ohio Capital Conference Central Regional went down to the wire, setting up an Olentangy Orange vs. New Albany final for a berth in the state’s final four. (Press Pros Feature Photos by Mike Munden)

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Jun
2

Pitching At A Premium On A Wet, Unpredictable Regional Weekend

The National Federation rule about limited innings may play havoc with determining a state baseball finals contestant this weekend.  The forecast is a lot of baseball, and a lot of rain. What are Russia and Loramie’s chances in Division IV? Read the latest Press Pros update.

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Jun
2

The Reader Speaks..June 2, 2021

Remember this? Some have yet to forget as they’re already asking about MAC football in this edition of the Reader Speaks – along with central Ohio sports, amateur baseball and stuff for the good of the order. Read!

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Jun
1

Athletes’ Decision To Not Play, Not Talk, Just Fine…

On a weekend when Roger Federer came back to tennis after a year’s absence, the preeminent women’s star leaves saying that if you can’t ask me positive questions I don’t want you asking me anything.  So, OK!

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May
31

Battery Mates Put Charge Into Railroaders’ Regional Win

The Bradford Railroaders kept their season rolling Sunday afternoon as sisters Skipp Miller and Austy Miller put on a show in the D-IV regional finals. Skipp had the winning hit, Austy scored the winning run to send Bradford to the D-IV state semifinals. Greg Billing writes for Press Pros.

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May
31

Buckeyes Planning On 2022 After Missing Out On NCAAs

This team had more than a few chances to make a run at a post-season berth, but it never got into a rhythm to make a serious run; Now, the work begins to make sure this doesn’t happen next season.

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May
30

Lessons From A Veteran’s Service Echo On Memorial Day

The lessons of a father who fought in World War II resonate today in an era where the collective spirit of the Greatest Generation seems to have gone out of style. Bruce Hooley shares his own Memorial Day perspectives in Press Pros.

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May
30

What Most People Don’t Know About Memorial Day…

All my life I’ve observed the traditions of Memorial Day – the soldiers and service men and women who gave their lives so that we can live to pursue a destiny.  And progressive thinking about an imperfect world is no reason for any of us to stop – not until we understand how Memorial Day came to be in the first place.

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May
30

Have Burhenn, Lonsway, Dezenzo And Pohl Done Their Last For The Buckeyes?

The four most likely Buckeyes to be taken in next month’s upcoming MLB draft suit up for the last time in 2021 with Sundays season finale with Northwestern.  The bigger question:  Will it be the last time ever?

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May
29

Miracle in Mason: Lakewood Stuns Greenville In D-II Regional Final

The Greenville Green Wave were one hit away from a trip to the D-II state semifinals. Instead, the Lakewood Lancers staged an improbable comeback with plenty of offense of their own. When the dust cleared Lakewood scored a stunning 21-20 regional final victory on Saturday afternoon. Read Greg Billing inside today’s Press Pros

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May
29

‘Grinder’ DI Regional Features Some Impressive Performances…

Despite the rotten weather and cold temps, Westerville Central’s Justin Braun opened eyes by taking the 100, 200, and 400mm sprints at the Division I regional tract meet at Pickerington North, part of an impressive tease to next week’s state track tournament. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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May
28

Dezenzo Hits Two Three-Run Homers In Buckeyes’ Win

Neither wind, or rain, or the lack of post-season motivation was enough to discourage shortstop Zach Dezenzo. His pair of home runs and six RBIs assured the Buckeyes of at least a .500 season Friday in a 13-10 win over Northwestern. Read Mark Znidar in today’s Press Pros.

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May
28

Conner Pohl: One Dream Over…Another On Course?

As they embark on the final weekend of the 2021 season, the Buckeyes as a group try to finish with a smiling reminder…that baseball giveth, and baseball taketh away.  While senior Conner Pohl has one last shot at making a case for himself in next month’s MLB draft.

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May
27

Old Habits Haunt: Mistakes Kill Tipp In District Loss

Matt Salmon’s home run in the seventh drew them close, but too many mistakes prior ended up costing Tippecanoe a chance do more. They fell to Wyoming in the Division II district final on Thursday. Read about the game.

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May
27

Double The Fun: Clutch Hit Lifts Greenville Past Shawnee

Greenville rode the Green Wave’s defense and clutch hitting into the D-II regional title game. That’s before the Green Wave battled back from a couple controversial calls against Springfield Shawnee Braves in a thriller at Mason High School. Read Greenville Softball By Greg Billing inside today’s Press Pros.

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May
26

Worth The Wait, W’ville South Finally Gets That District Title

Cel-e-brate good times….It took almost thirty years, but Westerville South finally clinched a long-awaited district title in baseball Wednesday with a 3-2 win over Hilliard Darby. Columnist Steve Blackledge writes for Thursday’s Press Pros.

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May
26

Bringing The Heat: Bradford, Mechanicsburg Reach Regional Title Game

In a D-IV regional final matchup many anticipated from the start of the season, Bradford and Mechanicsburg made it a reality with semifinal wins on Wednesday. Russia, which hoped to play spoiler against the ‘Burg, suffered some early inning jitters and fell in the program’s first regional appearance.

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May
25

Coupet, Murphy Stand Out In Ohio State Loss To Indiana

Coach Greg Beals and his staff had no choice than to have a bullpen game when Griffan Smith was scratched, and the ploy gave the team a chance to win. Mark Znidar writes for Tuesday’s Press Pros.

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May
24

Nearly ‘No-No’…Jones Pitches Brookville To District Final

He came within an out of doing something really special – as if Brookville’s Steve Jones isn’t special enough. But in the end what he and his teammates really wanted was one more game, and they got it. Read about him and the Blue Devils in Tuesdays Press Pros feature.

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