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    Mentor splits on Sunday, improves to 5-1 overall


    The Mentor Cardinals completed a busy weekend with a solid 3-1 record after splitting a pair of games on April 12.

    Mentor is no longer perfect this season, but a 5-1 mark so far this spring and a strong performance in the BW3 Tournament gives Cardinals coach Jeff Haase plenty of reason for optimism.

    After defeating Mt. Vernon and Mansfield Madison on April 11, Mentor defeated Ashland, 9-4, before falling in a rematch against Mt. Vernon, 10-5, on Sunday.

    “The kids did a good job on the weekend,” Haase said. “A lot to work on, but pretty good so far. Contributions from a lot of guys top to bottom. Good things to build on.”

    In the win over Ashland, Ricky Valeri continued his fine start to the year with an early RBI and a couple of hits. Tyler Thompson, Rob Mealey and Tommy Noll helped spur the offense for the Cardinals.

    Zak Schaeffer got the win against Ashland and Ryan Kanetsky pitched well in relief.

    In the rematch against Mt. Vernon, it was a close game until the Yellow Jackets pulled away in the late innings to hand Mentor its first loss of the season.

    The Cardinals scored 31 runs in four games at the BW3 Tournament and begin NOC Valley play on April 13 – weather permitting – at Strongsville.

    “We have eight games in six days and just hope we can get them all in,” Haase said. “We will know where we stand as a club after that. I like where we are and how the guys fight to the end on every pitch.”


    After a strong 5-1 start to the 2015 campaign, Mentor gets into NOC Valley play with four scheduled conference games this week.

    The Cardinals will travel to Strongsville on April 13 in their first league game of the spring.

    Mentor plays a home and home series with Medina on April 14 and April 15 before hosting Strongsville on April 16.

    A nonconference game originally scheduled for April 13 against St. Edward will be made up at a date to be announced. 

    The Mentor offense has gotten going early with 45 runs in six games. 


    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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