Jun 29, 2024

Nails – Mulhearn and Bullpen Shut Down Wild Things in Huge Series Opener

Avon, OH – The Lake Erie Crushers (27-16) waltzed past the traveling Washington Wild Things (27-15) in a tight matchup of the big boys in the Frontier League West. The Crushers prevailed 2-1 and moved to within .5 games of the Wild Things for 1st place with two games left in the series.

Washington struck early – as early as you possibly can, in fact. 2B Evan Berkey launched a leadoff homer off Crushers starter Matt Mulhearn to kickstart a 1-0 lead for the Wild Things. The good thing for Lake Erie – a solo homer is only worth one.

The Crushers would strike back in the bottom of the 3rd. 3B Logan Thomason shot off an early set of fireworks as he ripped a stand-up, RBI triple to tie the game. Then, C Alfredo Gonzalez shot a single through the drawn in infield to give Lake Erie a 2-1 lead.

Matt Mulhearn would settle down on the mound, giving up very little after surrendering the leadoff homer. The Webster University legend would toss his best outing of the season, going six innings, giving up just three hits, two walks, and the solo homer in the first. Mulhearn struck out a season-high five batters in his longest outing of the 2024 season.

In the 4th, newly-signed DH Michel Triana ripped his first hit as a Crusher, lining a ball hard into the corner in right field. He’d finish the day 1-3 with an intentional walk in the 8th inning – getting a bit of the Corey Seager treatment after hitting the cover off the baseball earlier in the game.

Mulhearn was relieved in the 7th, leaving the game in line for the win. The Lake Erie starter turned things over to the bullpen, and they took off and ran with the opportunity to stare down the face of the top team in the West.

RHP Christian Scafidi and RHP Sammy Tavarez combined for scoreless 7th and 8th innings (Tavarez striking out the side in the 8th).

RHP Trevor Kuncl, sitting on a Frontier League leading 11 saves, came on to nail things down in the 9th. Despite giving up a one out single, Kuncl locked in and locked down the Wild Things, striking out the side and securing the 2-1 win for the Crushers.

The Crushers bullpen combined for 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, and 8(!) K – an incredible shutdown performance against a strong Washington lineup.

Matt Mulhearn (2-3) got the win and a quality start. Washington’s Kobe Foster (4-1) pitched very well (7 IP, 2 ER, 10 K) but was given his first loss of the season. Trevor Kuncl (12) maintained his Frontier League lead in saves with his three strikeouts in the 9th.

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington Wild Things 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Lake Erie Crushers 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 10 0


The two teams will go toe-to-toe tomorrow, June 29, with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. EST. It’s Country Night with Toby Keith tribute postgame fireworks and karaoke, so bring your best singing voice and enjoy a nice night of baseball as the Crushers try to take control of first place in the Frontier League West. Be sure to also join us Sunday for Stomper’s Birthday!

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