June 26, 2016

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Wild Things 5, Crushers 1: Lake Erie plays a dud, suffers first home loss

AVON — It was bound to happen sooner or later. The Lake Erie Crushers weren’t going to go undefeated at home all season. So it wasn’t the loss that was bothersome Friday night, it was the manner in which the 5-1 defeat to the Washington Wild Things happened. The Crushers (13-10) slipped to 8-1 at Read More…

Crushers’ Avila hits walk-off homer vs. Grizzlies

AVON — Juan Avila has emerged as the Lake Erie Crushers’ top power threat this season. Coming into the Crushers’ first home game since May 19, Avila had hit four home runs and, with his team trailing by one in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday night, he picked the perfect time for his league-leading Read More…

Clearview’s Antonio Bennett, a force just about everywhere on the field, picks up Lorain County Mr. Baseball award

OBERLIN — Clearview senior Antonio Bennett earned a baseball scholarship to Toledo not long before his final season. Then he proved to the Rockets he was worth it with a dominating senior year. Bennett, a shortstop and pitcher, batted .652 (43-of-66) with 11 doubles, three triples, 35 RBIs and 43 runs to lead Clearview to Read More…

Crushers 6, Boomers 4: Lake Erie opens season with 5-0 homestand

AVON — Eventually, the Lake Erie Crushers will lose a game. But through five games, the Crushers have yet to taste defeat and are off to the best start in the franchise’s eight-year history. They put the finishing touches on the perfect season-opening homestand with a 6-4 win over the Schaumburg Boomers on Thursday night Read More…

Crushers open season, new era with 7-5 victory over River City

AVON — Last season, the Lake Erie Crushers didn’t win until the third game of the season and didn’t total seven runs until the opening series was over. The bad start set the tone for the worst season in team history — last in the league at 38-57. The Crushers only needed one game this Read More…

Lake Erie Crushers 2016: New owner sprucing up franchise, but wants biggest improvement to be the product on the field

AVON — New Lake Erie Crushers owner Tom Kramig made a lot of sweeping changes upon taking over the franchise, hiring essentially a new front office and giving All Pro Freight Stadium a bit of a touch-up. But make no mistake about it, Kramig knows what happens on the field is the most important. And Read More…

High school track and field: Sailors honor fallen teammate by sweeping boys and girls titles at own Vermilion Invitational

VERMILION — The track and field community came together Friday night at the annual Vermilion Invitational to honor and remember one of the Sailors’ athletes who recently died. Both the boys and girls teams from Vermilion dedicated the meet to the memory of freshman Morgan Wojciechowski, who died April 19 in an accident at home, Read More…

H.S. Tennis: Westlake continues dominance of SWC with ninth straight title

AVON LAKE — Westlake had lost five seniors to graduation, including state placers Connor Michelich and Cal Craven. The Southwestern Conference had expanded from seven to 10 teams. So a ninth straight league title for the Demons seemed far from a certainty when the season started. Westlake put any doubts to rest in resounding fashion. Read More…

High school baseball: Playing everyone works out great for Olmsted Falls in win over St. Edward at Progressive Field

CLEVELAND — Olmsted Falls coach Dan Largent said his main goal for Friday night’s game in the annual Cleveland Indians Charities Hardball Classic at Progressive Field was to play as many of his players as he could. That he was able to empty his bench, using five pitchers and five pinch hitters, was impressive enough, Read More…

Boys tennis 2016: With no Oberlin girls team, Claudia Olaes sets her sights on making it to the boys state tournament

Lorain County hasn’t had a Division II boys state tennis qualifier since 2003. That streak might be broken this spring … by a girl. That’s not a misprint. Oberlin junior Claudia Olaes came within one match of snapping that drought last May, going 1-1 at the Division II district at Canton after finishing second at Read More…