Undone at Home
Boomers blank Crushers in series opener
AVON, Ohio — The Lake Erie Crushers were held to just a trio of hits on Tuesday night at Mercy Health Stadium, as they dropped their series opener to the Schaumburg Boomers, 6-0.
For the Crushers (40-51) the loss was their fourth over the first five games of the current home stand, while the win for the Boomers (48-43) was their seventh in 10 games against Lake Erie this season.
The Crushers had just three hits on the night. They’d get doubles from Karl Ellison and Trevor Achenbach and a single from Steven Kraft, but nothing more.
Schaumburg used back-to-back doubles in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead. Quincy Nieporte started the inning with a double and he scored moments later on Braxton Davidson’s two-bagger to left.
Matt Bottcher’s RBI single scored Alberto Schmidt in the third, before Clint Hardy opened things up with a two run homer to left in the top of the fifth inning. Hardy struck again for the Boomers in the seventh inning on a RBI single to right and Dusty Stroup brought in the final run of the game on a RBI double in the eighth.
Erik Martinez (2-2) tossed six scoreless innings and allowed a trio of hits while striking out six batters to score the win. Paul Hall Jr. (3-9) allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out six in six innings and took the loss.
Ellison’s double gives him 10 hits over his last four games and he’s now hit safely in seven straight games while reaching safely in 10 consecutive games. Zach Racusin went 0-for-2 with a walk and saw his 15 game hitting streak come to a close.
The Crushers and Boomers will continue their three game series at Mercy Health Stadium on Wednesday night. Lefty Dillon Larsen (0-1, 4.15) will start for the Crushers and the Boomers will counter with right-hander Kyle Arjona (8-6, 3.45). The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.