Jun 13, 2024

Crushers Hang Ten Runs On Boomers, Win Streak to Seven

Schaumburg, IL – The Lake Erie Crushers (20-9) silenced the Schaumburg Boomers (18-10) on Wednesday night, winning by a score of 10-1. The win keeps the Crushers in 1st place in the Frontier League West.

CF Burle Dixon welcomed Boomers starter Brendan Knoll with an RBI single to score SS Jarrod Watkins to take a 1-0 lead before the righty recorded an out. LF Ronald Washington would reach on catcher’s interference to load the bases a batter later.

Then, 3B Logan Thomason tapped a ball down the third base line that 3B Seth Gray touched in fair territory but booted and left along the third base chalk. A la Taijuan Walker circa. 2022, the ball sat untouched and the baserunners kept running. Burle Dixon scored all the way from 2nd on a ball that went 45 feet, and the Crushers led 3-0 before Anthony Escobar even toed the rubber.

Leading off the top of the 2nd, new addition C Alan Marrero introduced himself to the Lake Erie squad by reaching on a throwing error, then stealing second base. Marrero was signed last Saturday as an emergency catcher and was rostered before the Schaumburg series with Alfredo Gonzalez being placed on the 7-day IL. Marrero was an 8th round draft pick in the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox in 2016.

Burle Dixon with two outs would drive in the new Crushers catcher with another RBI single, shooting it up the middle just like in the first inning for a 4-0 Lake Erie lead. Dixon would finish the day 3-5 with 3 singles, 2 RBI, 1 R, and a SB.

CF Chase Dawson would score the first run for the Boomers in the bottom of the 2nd to cut the early Crushers lead to 4-1.

The Crushers would get it right back in the top of the 3rd thanks to a gift run by RF Jack Harris on a throwing error. 2B Walner Espinal would tack on another run with an RBI single through the right side to give the Crushers a 6-1 edge.

C Alan Marrero logged his first caught stealing as a Crusher, nabbing Willie Joe Garry at 2nd on the back end of a double steal in the 6th. The defensive effort would help Lake Erie starter Anthony Escobar finish six innings of one run ball.

Escobar’s final line: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K on 87 pitches. Escobar’s third quality start of the season put the Crushers in a prime opportunity to take the series in Schaumburg.

Consecutive scoreless innings from LHP Cal Carver set the table for the top of the 9th. The Crushers added on to their lead with a two-RBI double by Alex Epp, his first RBIs as a professional. By inning’s end, Lake Erie hung up four runs on the Boomers. The 10-1 score would hold, giving the Crushers their seventh straight win, a series victory against Schaumburg, and immaculate vibes heading into Thursday.

The Crushers are 5-1 in Anthony Escobar (3-0) starts after his win. Brendan Knoll (2-2) is handed the loss, making Schaumburg 0-2 in his starts against Lake Erie.

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lake Erie Crushers 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 13 0
Schaumburg Boomers 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 3


The Crushers will look to sweep Schaumburg on Thursday at 1pm EST. Matt Valin gets the ball for Lake Erie with a chance to extend the winning streak to eight games.

Frontier League Standings: https://frontierleague.com/sports/bsb/2023-24/overall-standings

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