Kaminsky, Crushers fall to Gateway in series final|
A fifth inning homer from Gateway catcher Landon Hernandez snapped a 1-1 tie on Sunday evening at All Pro Freight Stadium. From there, the Grizzlies went on to take the rubber match in the three game series with the Lake Erie Crushers, 6-1.
Lake Erie (1-2) out hit the Grizzlies (2-1) for the third night in a row, but the Crushers stranded eight base runners on the night, and could only push one run across.
The Grizzlies plated the first run of the game in the top of the first inning on a two-out run scoring double from Jet Butler. The Crushers tied the game in the home half of the third. Max Casper and Kevin Berard stroked back-to-back one out singles before Casper came home on a wild pitch to plate Lake Erie’s lone run.
Gateway had two on with two out in the fifth inning when Hernandez hit the first home run of the series, a three-run shot to left, to snap a 1-1 tie and gave the Grizzlies the lead again...
Despite Eldemire's bat, Crushers drop '13 opener|
The Lake Erie Crushers had twice as many hits as the Gateway Grizzlies in their 2013 opener at All Pro Freight Stadium on Friday night, but the Grizzlies used a few timely hits to come away with a 3-2 victory.
Pitching dominated the entire contest, as the two starting pitchers ultimately stole the show, especially in the early stages of the game.
Tim Brown (1-0) tossed eight strong innings, allowing just one run while scattering six hits, and Lake Erie right hander Trevor Longfellow (0-1) hurled seven solid innings, allowing just three runs on four hits with five strikeouts.
The Grizzlies snapped scoreless tie in the top half of the third inning. Antone DeJesus started the inning with a double, and scored on a clutch, two-out single off the bat of Chris McClendon. McClendon then stole second and...
Fagan, Crushers drop series finale to Freedom, 1-0|
The Lake Erie Crushers (43-35) were defeated by the Florence Freedom (42-36) early Sunday evening in the finale of their three game series at All Pro Freight Stadium in front of 2,934 fans.
The Crushers are now 5-5 in their last 10 games after dropping two of three to the Freedom. They remained seven games behind front-running Traverse City and fell to three games behind second place Southern Illinois. The Miners bolstered their Frontier League playoff chances with a 4-2 win over Gateway Sunday.
Paul Fagan (7-6, 3.26 ERA) took the loss for the Crushers, while Andy Clark (1-0, 0.00 ERA) was credited with the victory for the Freedom. For Clark, it was his first start of the season after being activated off the suspended list prior to the ballgame.
Florence’s only run of the game came in the seventh inning following an RBI single by Pierre LePage that scored Kyle Bluestein. The Crushers were held to only four hits, with Jason Taylor, Andrew Davis...
Gonzalez-Diaz gem, Ortiz homer pace Lake Erie|
Lake Erie starting pitcher Eric Gonzalez-Diaz took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of Sunday night’s contest at Consol Energy Park, with the Crushers holding on to a 1-0 lead.
Gonzalez-Diaz had his no hit bid ruined by Jim Vahalik’s leadoff double, but the Crushers managed to hang on to take the finale from the Washington Wild Things in a 1-0 victory.
The victory for the Crushers, now 40-32, marks their seventh in 12 games against the Wild Things this season and breaks a brief two-game losing streak. The loss for Washington (30-41) was just their third in their last nine games.
Gonzalez-Diaz, who had tossed eight strong innings in his previous start against Rockford on July 31, was simply dominant all through the contest. He retired the first 22 batters he faced and had a perfect game going until Andrew Heck reached on Aaron Klinec’s error at short with one down in the eighth inning.
Starting pitching was strong as well for the Wild Things, as lefty Shawn Smith...
Crushers not too Wild about 2-1 loss in 15 innings|
Five different Lake Erie hurlers combined for 23 strikeouts against the Wild Things on Saturday night, but it was not enough as the Crushers fell, 2-1, in 15 innings.
The loss for the Crushers, who fell to 39-32, marks the second time that they’ve dropped a series to the Wild Things over the last 10 days. The win for Washington (30-40) was their fourth in their last five games against the Crushers.
Lake Erie remained five games out...
Weldon's late-game RBI leads Crushers to sweep|
Kyle Weldon’s two-out RBI single in the eighth inning is all the offense Lake Erie needed as the Crushers completed the three-game sweep of the Rockford RiverHawks, 1-0, at All Pro Freight Stadium Thursday night.
The 1-0 victory marks the 14th time the Crushers have won a one-run ballgame, the most in the Frontier League. The win for the Crushers (39-30) was their fourth in a row and improved their record to 39-30.
The loss for Rockford (30-39) was their fourth consecutive defeat. The Crushers finish the regular season series 5-1 against Rockford as they took two from the RiverHawks back in the end of May in their first meeting.
For both teams, it was not a game of squandered opportunities as pitching strongly dictated the ballgame until the eighth inning.
Lake Erie’s Trevor Longfellow went five strong innings of shutout baseball, allowing only two hits. His counterpart Kyle Lindquist, who was penciled in to start only moments before game time,
Late-game magic continues, Crushers nip 'Hawks|
Daniel Bowman’s two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning capped a come-from-behind victory for Lake Erie as the Crushers scored four times in the ninth to beat Rockford, 5-4, at All Pro Freight Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
The win for the Crushers, now 38-30, it was their their fifth walk off victory in their last eight games. It was also their third win in a row and gives them 13 one-run victories this season, tied for the most in the league. The loss for Rockford (30-38) was their fourth in their last five games. On Monday, Andrew Davis delivered...
Davis, rare triple play get Lake Erie back on track|
Andrew Davis delivered his second walk-off hit of the current home stand at All Pro Freight Stadium on Monday night as his bases loaded single scored J.C. Figueroa in the bottom of the ninth to give the Crushers a 2-1 victory.
The victory for the Crushers, now 36-30, also turned in a rare triple play that helped prevent a sweep and marked their third walk-off of the current home stand. It was also their fourth walk-off win of the season. The loss for Washington (26-39) was their sixth in nine games against the Crushers this season.
Pitching dominated the entire contest. Defensively, the game was highlighted by a triple play in the third inning.
The Crushers plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Adrian Ortiz smashed a double down the left field line to start the inning, and advanced to second base on a wild pitch before scoring on Figueroa’s groundout.
The Wild Things tied the game in the top of the third inning, but had the chance to do so much more...
Wild Things slow down Crushers' run to playoffs|
The Washington Wild Things scored a trio of runs in the eighth inning of Sunday evening’s contest to pull away from Lake Erie, 6-1, to take the second game of the series at All Pro Freight Stadium.
The loss for the Crushers drops them to and marks their third loss in their last four games. The victory for the Wild Things (27-38) secures their first series victory against the Crushers this season.
Lake Erie left the bases loaded in the ninth inning and hit into three double plays on the night. The Crushers scored first for the second night...
Crushers dodge rain, rally late past Road Warriors|
The Lake Erie Crushers made a 4-0 deficit disappear at All Pro Freight Stadium on Friday night.
Brandon Decker’s ninth inning sacrifice bunt, combined with a throwing error that scored two to complete the comeback in a 5-4 victory over the Road Warriors. The victory for the Crushers, now 35-28, was their third in their final at bat this season, and gives them five out of their last six at home.
The Road Warriors, taking the place of the now-defunct London Rippers, fell to 1-2 with the loss. The contest endured a one hour and...
Figueroa's blast sends Crushers home a winner|
Lake Erie scored six times on four hits in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s contest against the Florence Freedom and rallied back to erase a 6-1 deficit. The Crushers took the series finale in 12 innings on J.C. Figueroa’s home run in an 8-7 victory.
The victory for the Crushers, now 33-27, snapped a two-game slide and avoided what would have been their first road sweep of the season. The loss for Florence (31-29) dropped its record to 2-4 in games with extra frames.
A rough start set the Crushers back in the first inning. Peter Fatse belted a double to score Junior Arrojo, and David Harris capped the big inning with a three run blast to give the Freedom a 4-0 advantage.
Andrew Davis started the fourth inning with a double, and scored Lake Erie’s first run on Daniel Bowman’s sacrifice fly. The Freedom answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on Arrojo’s two out base hit, which scored Kyle Bluestein and Edwin Padua...
Loftin, hot bats lead Crushers to sweep of Otters|
Lake Erie brought out the broom sticks and completed the sweep against the Evansville Otters in the finale of its three game series at All Pro Freight Stadium Saturday night.
The Crushers won by a final count of 6-2, and scored four of those six runs with two outs. The Crushers’ six runs came off of 11 hits, as they finished with 37 total hits in their last three contests against the Otters.
The win for the Crushers, now 32-25, was their fifth in a row, while the loss for the Otters (23-34) was their fifth straight loss.
Lake Erie tallied the scoreboard first in the first inning. Following consecutive groundouts by Adrian Ortiz and J.C. Figueroa to start the game, Jason Taylor scored on an RBI double by Russ Moldenhauer. Andrew Davis then followed suit with an RBI double that plated Moldenhauer to cap the two run frame.
Lake Erie would then add to their lead in the second...
Big sixth inning gets Davis, Crushers past Otters|
The Lake Erie Crushers were held to just two hits over the first five innings of Friday night’s contest at All Pro Freight Stadium, but scored six times on six hits in the sixth inning to pull away with an 8-2 victory over the Evansville Otters.
The win for the Crushers, now 31-25 on the season, was their fourth in a row and gives them a third consecutive series victory in the second half. The loss for the Otters (23-33) was their fourth straight.
Evansville got on the board first for the second night in a row. The Otters snapped a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning. Greg Fontenot stroked a one out single and came home moments later on Luis Parache’s triple.
Lake Erie answered with a huge sixth inning. The Crushers sent 11 to the plate, and scored six times on six hits.
Wally Correa began the inning with a double, and...
Taylor stays hot, but Crushers fall in series finale|
River City pounded out 20 hits and scored 11 runs Sunday night, avoiding a Lake Erie sweep with an 11-3 victory over the Crushers at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.
The loss for the Crushers, now 27-24, spoiled what would have been their first road sweep of the season, while the win for the Rascals (27-24) was their first in six games against the Crushers this season.
For the third straight game, the Crushers took the lead in the top of the first inning. Jason Taylor and Russ Moldenhauer belted back-to-back RBI singles to give the Crushers the early advantage.
River City cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the first inning when Jason Patton drove Eric Williams in on a sacrifice fly, and the Rascals tied the game at 2-2, with a pair of two out extra base hits. Ben Hewett belted a two out double, and scored on Williams’s triple.
The Crushers used a big two out hit from Andrew Davis in the top of the third to reclaim the lead. J.C. Figueroa and Taylor stroked back-to-back one-out singles, and Davis...
Moldenhauer, Crushers power past River City, 7-5|
The Lake Erie Crushers used a trio of home runs from Russ Moldenhauer, Jason Taylor and Andrew Davis to push their way past the River City Rascals, 7-5, at T.R. Hughes Ballpark Friday night.
The victory for the Crushers, now 26-23, marks their fifth consecutive victory in a series opener, while the loss for the Rascals (26-23) leaves them winless in four tries against the Crushers this season.
River City starting pitcher Nick Kennedy (4-2) retired the first two batters he faced in the top of the first inning, before walking Jason Taylor. Two pitches later, Moldenhauer belted a two-run shot, his fifth of the season, to put the Crushers ahead.
The Crushers tagged Kennedy two more times in the top of the third. Adrian Ortiz started the inning with a double, and trotted home moments later on Taylor’s two-run bomb to right center. Taylor’s homer was his seventh...
Pair of one-run losses ends Crushers' win streak|
The Lake Erie Crushers left 13 runners on base in their first half finale against Southern Illinois at All Pro Freight Stadium on Sunday evening as they dropped the rubber match to the Miners, 5-4.
The loss for the Crushers marks the first time they’ve lost a series since dropping two out of three to Florence back on June 19. The victory for the Miners, who remained three games out of first place at 29-19, was their fifth in their last six games.
Lake Erie, now 25-23, left the bases loaded...
Fagan, Crushers top Rippers to stay hot at All Pro|
The Lake Erie Crushers won their fourth consecutive home game on Tuesday night, pushing past the .500 hump for the first time this season with a 5-2 victory over the London Rippers at All Pro Freight Stadium.
With the victory, the Crushers (22-21) have now won six out of their last seven games and have won eight out of their last 10 home games, while the Rippers (17-26) fell to 6-16 on the road with the loss.
The game was delayed 18 minutes after the sixth inning due to rain.
The two teams exchanged one run blows in the first, and again in the third. Clifton Thomas walked to start the contest, and scored the first run of the game on Mark Samuelson’s sacrifice fly.
Lake Erie answered quickly in the bottom of the first inning...
Crushers sweep Rascals to push win streak to five|
After a slow start to the season, the Lake Erie Crushers are starting to make things interesting in the Frontier League’s East Division standings.
Once struggling to stay out of the division basement, the Crushers have heated up with the weather. Friday night before 2,531 at All Pro Freight Stadium, they capped off a series sweep of the River City Rascals with a 3-2 win.
That made it five straight wins for Lake Erie, which left town just one game under .500 at 19-20. The Crushers next play the 22-17 Florence Freedom in a brief two-game series this weekend before returning home or the July 4 holiday. The Freedom are currently three games ahead of Lake Erie in the East Division standings...
Heads-up play by Correa leads to a Crushers win|
It took 10 innings to decide Monday night’s game, but the Lake Erie Crushers (15-20) were able to grab the road victory, 3-2 ,over the Washington Wild Things after Wally Correa drove in the winning run by using his...head.
Correa, who had struck out four times in his first four at bats, walked up with the bases loaded and two out in the 10th inning. He watched as a 1-1 breaking ball hit him in the helmet for the game deciding run.
That allowed the Crushers to leave town with the series win and a record of 15-20. Lake Erie moved into fourth place in the Frontier League Eastern Division, one half game ahead of Evansville and eight games behind 23-12 Traverse City.
Unlike the previous two games in the series, the Crushers found themselves down early when leadoff batter Andrew Heck took the first pitch from Alex Loftin and dropped it over the left field wall for a 1-0 lead...
Davis, Crushers drop 6-4 decision, begin road trip|
The Lake Erie Crushers fell to the Florence Freedom in the series finale at All Pro Freight Stadium on Tuesday night by a score of 6-4.
Eric Gonzalez-Diaz started the game for Lake Erie, which fell to 12-18 on the season and eight games out of first place in the Frontier league East Division. Gonzalez-Diaz pitched four innings, striking out one and allowing four earned runs. He was also tagged with the loss, which drops his record to 1-4.
Andrew Davis provided the most offense for the Crushers during the game. The Kent State alum provided two base hits and two RBI. Davis currently leads the team in RBI with 17 and is hitting .263 this season.
Kellen Kulbacki and Brian Erie each recorded two base hits for the Crushers. Callback, who has 12 RBI this season, also drove in a run in the loss...
Kuzdale homer gives Crushers doubleheader split|
The Lake Erie Crushers split a double-header with the Florence Freedom Monday night at All Pro Freight Stadium in front of a crowd of 1,871.
Lake Erie won the first game by a score of 8-6, while losing the second game, 9-2. Both games went seven innings. Florence improved to 16-13 on the season.
Paul Fagan started game one for the Crushers, and went 5.0 innings with two strikeouts while being tagged with four earned runs. Fagan was given a no-decision in the win.
Travis Risser earned the victory for Lake Erie by going 1.0 inning in scoreless relief. Risser’s record now stands at 1-1.
The Crushers, now 12-17, banged out eight hits throughout the first game. Robby Kuzdale hit his first homer of the season and also scored two runs...
Crushers host Boomers to open their 2012 season|
With the 2011-12 high school sports season winding down to a close, many of our followers have asked us what’s in store for the summer.
While the fall high school season isn’t far away, The Westshore Sports Fanatic! is pleased to announce that it will be providing coverage of the Lake Erie Crushers baseball team. The Crushers, who play at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, open their fourth season at home this Friday night when they host the Schaumburg Boomers at 7:05 p.m.
“We’re pleased to begin what we hope is a long partnership with the Crushers,” said BeAFanatic.com editor Jim Horvath.
“The organization has provided the Westshore area with plenty of great family-oriented...