Jun 30, 2024

“Where the Wild Things Aren’t” feat. Crushers Series Victory

Avon, OH – The Lake Erie Crushers (28-16) vaulted into first place in the Frontier League West with a 9-1 victory over the Washington Wild Things (27-16) on Country Night on Saturday.

The first batter of the game, LF Evan Berkey, bid for his second straight day with a leadoff homer. His long fly ball hit high off the wall in left field, so the Washington leadoff man would settle for a game-opening double. He’d score on an RBI triple by RF Wagner Lagrange. On back to back days the Wild Things put up a first inning run, leading 1-0.

However, just like Matt Mulhearn on Friday, RHP Anthony Escobar responded with a brilliant outing. The Lake Erie righty would go 6.2 IP, giving up just the lone run in the first while striking out a season high eight batters in a winning effort. He would need some run support for his efforts, and he’d get just that in the 3rd.

With two outs, 2B Walner Espinal squared up a pitch high in the strike zone and belted it over the left field fence to tie the game 1-1. His moonshot was his first home run of the 2024 campaign.

Then, 3B Logan Thomason led off the 4th with a double followed up by an RBI single by C Alfredo Gonzalez to make it 2-1 Crushers – just like on Friday night.

Lake Erie continued to put tallies on the board, doing so again in the 5th with a Logan Thomason RBI double – his second two-bagger in as many at bats. He now leads the team with 11 2B on the year. Lake Erie led 3-1 after five.

Escobar would exit his start with two outs in the 7th inning with men on 1st and 2nd. Jared Lemieux handed the ball to RHP Christian Scafidi. Working in his second straight game, the Lake Erie star reliever induced a groundout to escape the jam and maintain the Crushers’ 3-1 lead.

After a country-themed 7th Inning Stretch, Lake Erie broke out the lumber and got to work with some good ol’, blue collar singles. Four straight singles by SS Jarrod Watkins, Logan Thomason, Alfredo Gonzalez, and DH Vincent Byrd Jr made way for big insurance runs after Scafidi set down the Washington bats in the top half. CF Burle Dixon would add a 2 RBI single of his own later in the inning. When the dust settled the Crushers came out of the 7th with six runs and a 9-1 lead.

To close out the game in the 9th, Lemieux brought in the recently acquired LHP Garrett Coe, a former star pitcher for the UCONN Huskies in their College World Series Super Regional trip this season. He’d set down Washington in order and secure a series victory for Lake Erie.

The Crushers now sit .5 games ahead of Washington in first place in the Frontier League West, but will need to finish the sweep on Sunday at 2:05pm EST to maintain their first place lead through the end of the week.

Sunday, June 30 is Stomper’s Birthday Party, with plenty of fun throughout the game to celebrate our favorite mascot! Oh, and don’t leave too early, because after the game, there will be a candy drop from a helicopter (yes, a helicopter) for all the kids attending to enjoy.

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 7 2
Lake Erie Crushers 0 0 1 1 1 0 6 0 X 9 12 1

 

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