Lake Erie falls to Evansville, 12-10
Evansville, Ind. – The Lake Erie Crushers (13-18) coming off their first series win in weeks looked to continue the winning momentum into Evansville against the Otters (20-10).
Both offenses were in full display for the series opener, Lake Erie led first but the Otters used a big fifth inning to propel past the Crushers who made it close in the ninth, 12-10.
The first runs came in the second from both Lake Erie and Evansville. Starting with the Crushers it was a two RBI single from Bryant Flete to right field scoring Connor Owings and Jake Gitter, 2-0. The Otters answered with three runs in the bottom half. Steven Sensley scored on a passed ball, 2-1. Dakota Phillps belted a two run home run to left field giving the Otters a 3-2 lead.
Evansville continued the offense in the fourth inning, a solo home run by Miles Gordan, 4-2. The Crushers respond with one run in the fourth inning. Austin White singled to the shortstop, Ronnie Allens scored, 4-3.
Things went south for Lake Erie in the bottom half of the fifth inning. The Otters plated seven runs across the board. Bases loaded walk for Steven Sensley, 5-3. Two RBI single for J.R. Davis to left field, 7-3. Elijah MacNamee continued the power with a three run home run of his own to center field, 10-3. Dakota Phillips followed with a solo home run of his own, having the Otters go back to back and take a 11-3 lead.
While down by eight, Lake Erie didn’t give up. In the seventh inning Kenen Irrizary recorded an RBI groundout scoring Austin White, 11-4. In the eight inning, Austin White doubled to left field, scoring Sean Cheely and Bryant Flete, 11-6.
The Otters added an insurance run in the eighth inning, Miles Gordan for the second time in the game belted the baseball over the wall, both solo home runs to right field, 12-6.
With three outs remaining, the Crushers didn’t make it east for the Otters. Connor Owings provided a three run home run to center field, his third home run in the past five games, 12-9. Sean Cheely lined an RBI double down left field, Jake Gitter scored, 12-10. With two runners on and a go-ahead run at the plate in Jackson Valera with two outs, Valera popped up to the shortstop as the Crushers comeback fell short.