July 24, 2014

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Crushers have a blast, down Aviators 1-0 on Ryan Hutchison’s second walk-off home run of season

Crushers' Matt Dickason makes a double play on Aviators' Danny Gonzalez. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — Rockford’s Joey Wagman was virtually unhittable Thursday night. Emphasis on virtually. The Crushers’ Ryan Hutchison saw to that. Hutchison hit a solo blast down the right-field line for his second walk-off home run of the season to give the Crushers a 1-0 win in front of 1,752 fans at All Pro Freight Stadium. Read More…

Crushers bounce back after shutout loss in opening game of doubleheader

Lake Erie Crushers' second baseman Vincent Mejia bobbles a ball and misses tagging out Rockford Aviators Edgar Corcino.   KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Hits were at a minimum Wednesday night for the Crushers. The offense struggled to get much going during both games of a twi-night doubleheader against Rockford, getting shutout in the first game and coming down to the final inning with a sweep by the Aviators staring them in the face. But the Crushers Read More…

Four area football players headed to Indy for NFL national 7-on-7 tournament

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It began with more than 1,500 high school football players from around the state trying to earn a spot in a Northern Ohio 7-on-7 tournament hosted by the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Last weekend, 140 of those players competed in a 7-on-7 team championship and for a spot on the 12-man 7-on-7 team that Read More…

Crushers rely on bullpen to shut down Wild Things

Lake Erie Crushers' Zac Treece pitches against the Washington Wild Things on Thursday. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Crushers manager Chris Mongiardo has never been shy about singing the praises of his bullpen. He could have performed an entire concert Thursday night after what was essentially his bullpen held the East Division-leading Washington Wild Things to just three hits in a 2-1 win at All Pro Freight Stadium. Zac Treece (1-0), Read More…

Anderson Hidalgo comes through with big hit in 10th inning as Crushers down Wild Things, snap six-game losing streak

Lake Erie’s Craig Hertler makes it into second base past Washington’s Garrett Rau. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — When a team is struggling like the Lake Erie Crushers had been heading into Wednesday night’s game, any win is a big win. But when that win comes with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, after waiting out an hour delay for a late-night thunderstorm and after giving back a Read More…

Crushers drop sixth straight game as closer Jason Wilson can’t close the door on Wild Things

Crushers catcher Emmanuel Quiles loses the ball as he tags Washington’s Yeury Tejada. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Despite having just two saves this season, Lake Erie Crushers closer Jason Wilson is arguably the team’s best pitcher. But when a team is struggling the way the Crushers have been lately, not even your best pitcher seems to be able to pull you out of your funk. Wilson allowed a one-out single Read More…

Crushers pitcher Roberto Padilla released after 8-5 loss

Lake Erie Crusher's Roberto Padilla pitches. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — With veteran Andrew Davis set to be activated off the disabled list, Crushers manager Chris Mongiardo was having a tough time figuring out which player he should release to make room. Thursday’s starting pitcher Roberto Padilla made that decision a bit easier. Padilla, in what would turn out to be his last start Read More…

Crushers starter Todd Kibby dominant in win over CornBelters

The Crushers’ Trevor Stevens takes a chunk out of his bat as he takes a swing Tuesday at All Pro Freight Stadium. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — With the way Todd Kibby was throwing Tuesday night, all the Crushers needed was a run or two. But maybe it was fitting on Ten-Cent Hot Dog Night that the Crushers were thinking about value and gave Kibby more than he needed. The Crushers scored four runs in the first and added three Read More…

Crushers edge Otters on Kevin Franchetti’s big hit in ninth

The Crushers rush the field to mob Kevin Franchetti after he drove in the winning run Sunday with a two-out hit in the ninth. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — Kevin Franchetti had four hits all season when he came to the plate with two out and two on in the ninth inning Sunday. He picked a perfect time to get hit No. 5. On a full-count after taking a close pitch that looked like strike three, Franchetti hit a looper into shallow Read More…

Crushers 11, Beach Bums 3: Lake Erie walks to big inning, easy victory

Lake Erie Crushers' Anderson Hidalgo slides safely into third as Traverse City Beach Bums' third baseman Jovan Rosa attempts to tag him. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — The Crushers scored six runs without doing much work, which made for an easy Tuesday night at the ballpark. The Crushers drew five walks in the second inning with two outs, leading to an 11-batter, six-run inning and, ultimately, an 11-3 win over the Traverse City Beach Bums in front of 1,019 fans Read More…