Aurora -- Greenmen baseball had a big week, facing two of Ohio's top programs in non-league play, plus losing a pair of league games to red-hot Chagrin Falls.
Tim Deering's squad ran into too much offense in the April 27 non-league game against Massillon Jackson in the 10th annual Cancer Awareness Classic, hosted by Tallmadge at Kent State University's Schoonover Stadium. The event featured 10 games in three days.
Jackson (11-3) pounded out 15 hits to beat Aurora 10-5. The Greenmen (9-7 overall) didn't play its finest with three errors. Senior pitcher Luke Calcei (2-2) took the loss.
University of Virginia recruit Andy Weber sparked a sluggish offense. The junior second baseman had two singles, a double, a run scored and one run batted in.
On April 24, Aurora posted its biggest road win of the spring with a 3-2 win at state power Mentor (10-2). It was a rematch of the Division I state quarterfinals of a year ago. Senior outfielder Kirk Janoch made sure Aurora won.
Cardinal starter Ryan Kanetsky (1-1) held Aurora scoreless for five winnings until Janoch started the top of the sixth inning with a single, moved to second on a Matt Carpenter ground out, and scored on Weber's single to center.
Then senior esignated hitter Griff Peterson tied it 2-2 with an RBI single to score Weber. In the seventh frame, junior Devin Bradley had a one-out single. Brandon Kasberg came to the mound for Mentor and with two outs, Janoch singled in Bradley for the eventual winning run.
Sophomore pitcher A.J. Kimes grew up in a hurry as he earned the win to move to 3-1 with a complete game, 10-hitter. The crafty southpaw Kimes relied on solid defense and three big double plays by the Greenmen.
Aurora slipped to 1-3 in Chagrin Valley Conference play and Chagrin Falls moved to 5-1 thanks to a 7-0 Chagrin win at Aurora on April 23 and a 5-4 Tiger victory on April 22 in Chagrin.
Tigers hurler James Sferra shut out the Greenmen with a 6-hit, complete game win.
Aurora sophomore Adam Long lost and is now 2-2 as Chagrin's Tyler Kennedy generated enough offense to gain the win. Kennedy had a double, scored two runs, had a stolen base and had an RBI.
On April 22, Aurora gave up a 5-run fourth inning to host Chagrin (10-4) in another tough league loss. Cam Orzen keyed the Tiger offense against Janoch (1-2), who was credited with the loss. Kennedy got the win.
The Greenmen led 2-0 until the fourth frame. Peterson and freshman catcher Bubba Arslanian each had a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Another busy week looms for the Greenmen, although rainy weather is forecast. The locals are scheduled to play today (April 30), May 2 and May 3 at Kenston, Mayfield and Hudson, and host Akron Hoban on May 1. Home and away CVC games are scheduled May 5-6 against Perry.