Saturday, May 26, 2012
Westlake wins regional title with comeback win over Ashland
The amazing season of Westlake High's baseball team goes on, and the Demons are going to State's! Westlake came back from a 6-0 deficit on Friday to defeat Ashland, 10-7, for the Division I Cleveland regional title and a berth in the state championships. This is the first time in his 23-year career that Westlake coach Jeff Short, who is retiring at the end of the season, is going to the state championships. Do you have pictures from Friday's game? Show off your Demon pride by posting them in our Pics & Clips community scrapbook. The OHSAA Baseball Championships are May 31 through June 2 at Huntington Park in Columbus. Westlake (21-6) plays in the 4 p.m. semifinal on May 31 against Massillon-Perry (19-10), which defeated Chardon, 5-2, in …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Demons rally for win over St. Ignatius
Sorry, Jeff Short. Retirement's going to have to wait at least one more day. The Westlake High School baseball coach, who is retiring at the end of the season, is going out in style as the Demons reached the OHSAA Division I regional baseball final with Thursday's 6-4 semifinal win over St. Ignatius. Westlake trailed, 4-3, going into the seventh inning. But the Demons scored three in the top of the seventh to take the lead and held it. Jamie Lackner went 2-for-2 for the Demons, with two RBI and two runs scored. The Demons (23-6) play Ashland, which beat Oregon Clay, 5-2 in the other regional semifinal. Game time is 5 p.m. Friday at Nobby's Ballpark at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Admission is $6 per person.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Here's what you need to know
The Westlake High baseball team's great postseason continues Thursday as the OHSAA Division I district champion Demons face St. Ignatius in a regional semifinal game. Westlake (22-6) will play St. Ignatius (20-9) at 5 p.m. at Nobby's Ballpark at Case Western Reserve University. All tickets are $6, with no discounts for students or seniors. Students who take the spirit bus to the game must return to the high school in it. Paid parking is available near the ballpark. Are you going to the game? Share your photos in our Pics & Clips community scrapbook!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
District baseball champion Demons advancing to regional competition
Westlake High's terrific baseball season continues next week, as the Demons face St. Ignatius in the OHSAA Division I regional semifinals. St. Ignatius defeated North Royalton, 3-2, Thursday for the Strongsville district championship. The Demons (22-6) will play St. Ignatius (20-9) at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Case Western Reserve University. Westlake won its regional title with a 1-0 win over Avon on Wednesday.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Demons beat Avon, 1-0, behind Kevin Neumann's four-hit shutout
Westlake High School baseball coach Jeff Short has a good sense of humor, but he’s not a fool. For a second – and a very brief one at that – he contemplated what it might be like to change his mind and continue his 23-year coaching career after announcing his retirement a few weeks ago. Demon senior pitcher Kevin Neumann’s four-hit shutout win over Avon, 1-0, put Short in the regional semifinals for the first time in 13 years and got him thinking on Wednesday. What if? Hmmm. Then another thought came to him. “Is my wife behind me?” Short joked. Well, no, she wasn’t, but Julie Short and Jason, the Avon couple’s 18-month old son, were certainly foremost in his thoughts. Despite the uplifting win at the Lorain Pipe Yard, Short has no …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Demons can capture district crown with Wednesday win
Westlake High School's baseball team plays neighboring Avon for the OHSAA Division I District title at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Pipe Yard in Lorain. The Demons defeated Midview, 5-2, on Tuesday to reach the district final. The Pipe Yard is located at 2840 Meister Road in Lorain. Admission is $4 for students and $6 for adults. There are no senior discounts.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Demons coach ending 23-year coaching career
Friday's Westlake High baseball game against Olmsted Falls was already going to be special because it was Senior Day and the final home game of the regular season. It was even more special because it was the final home game for Demons coach Jeff Short, who is retiring after 23 years of coaching. He was honored after the game in a ceremony. Check out the video for Short's reflections on what the final weeks of his career have meant to him. Share your photos from yesterday's game, and memories of Coach Short, in the comments.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Young son changes longtime coach's priorities
Westlake High baseball coach Jeff Short has a new boss. He’s not very tall, sleeps infrequently, doesn’t speak much English and let’s out quite a wail when he’s hungry – Short’s 18-month old son, Jason, is calling all the shots these days. And if a cute, bubbly little face can’t convince a man to put aside a 23-year coaching career at the high school, what can, right? Short has decided this season would be his last coaching the Demons, and he leaves behind a legacy the school and his son can enjoy with great pride. “He kind of puts a lot of things in perspective. I’ve coached my whole life. I’ve been blessed to have that opportunity to do it at Westlake. And when you do it for 23 years, it takes a lot out of you. I think I got to that …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Westlake vs. Rocky River, the Browns vs. Cincinnati, Avon's Lake Erie Crushers go the distance while the Tribe loses ground against Detroit.
1. The summer months have all but passed, and the temperatures are already beginning to slip. Today’s 70 degree high will be accompanied by wind, overcast skies and a 10 percent chance of precipitation. The first day of autumn is Saturday, Sept. 24, and as the weather cools, football and postseason baseball will just be heating up. 2. The Westlake High Demon football team will square off against the Rocky River Pirates this Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Westlake. After a lopsided loss to North Ridgeville in August, the Demons came back with a win against Bay Village last week. The rival Pirates (2-0) have looked solid so far this year, and will likely be a formidable opponent. 3. Avon’s Lake Erie Crushers defied the odds and have made their way…
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Short, the Westlake High baseball coach, is honored by the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association,
After 332 wins, 22 seasons and three Southwestern Conference championships, Westlake High School’s varsity baseball coach Jeff Short is now in the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Short began his coaching career with the Demons in 1990. He lives in Avon with his wife, Avon Patch parenting columnist Julie Short, and their son. Short quickly turned the team around and has only had two losing seasons since 1994. Given those numbers, Short makes it look easy, but building winning teams season after season is far from easy. “We’ve built a tradition at Westlake that enables the kids to believe that they’re going to win,” he said. “It’s a mixture of talent and kids that, I think, believe in what you’re teaching them…