September 16, 2014

Mostly cloudy

Crushers strike early, hang on to stay game back in East Division

Lake Erie Crushers catcher Kevin Franchetti doesn’t get the throw in time to make the tag on River City’s Saxon Butler at home in the fourth inning Sunday in Avon.  ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — When you’re in the playoff hunt, there is no time to waste. And Lake Erie didn’t Sunday, capitalizing on the momentum gained from Saturday night’s extra-inning walkoff victory. The Crushers jumped on River City starter Bryce Shafer (2-2, 6.84 ERA) immediately, scoring four runs in the first inning. Then they got a huge Read More…

Crushers flounder at plate

The Crushers’ Craig Hertler is tagged out by the Rascals’ Johnny Morales on steal attempt in  the first inning Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

AVON — In the thick of a playoff race with 11 regular-season games left, the Lake Erie Crushers didn’t pick the best time for a shutout loss. In front of 4,160 fans at “Pack the Park Pink Night” at All Pro Freight Stadium, the Crushers couldn’t get anything going offensively against River City Rascals starter Read More…

Crushers let opportunities slip away in loss to Grizzlies

AVON — This one hurt. The Lake Erie Crushers were not only in prime position to take sole possession of second in the Frontier League’s East Division on Thursday night, but they also had the chance to get some breathing room in the wild-card race. On top of that, they were just two outs away Read More…

High school football 2014: North Ridgeville optimistic under first-year coach

DeMario McCall sprints through for a touchdown in a game last season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Luke Durbin is a first-time head football coach, but he comes to North Ridgeville with an impressive pedigree. His father, Jeff Durbin, was the head football coach at Uniontown Lake for 23 years. Luke was the water boy, then played, then began his coaching career following college. Durbin then went over to Read More…

Crushers 7, Greys 3: Matt Rein shines in final outing for Lake Erie

Lake Erie Crushers short stop Juan Sanchez throws to first to turn a double play against the Frontier Greys Sunday afternoon in Avon. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — Matt Rein went out a winner, and had fun doing it. With the bullpen taxed and a few pitchers unavailable, Lake Erie needed a vintage start from Rein on Sunday. And, with the help of a first-inning grand slam from Vincent Mejia, that’s just what he gave them. In what most likely was his Read More…

Crushers overcome injuries, walks, errors to stay in contention for final playoff spot

Lake Erie pitcher Todd Kibby and catcher 
PJ Torres  meet on
the mound during 
a rough 
first inning against the Frontier Greys on Saturday 
at All Pro Freight Stadium 
in Avon. 
Kibby walked seven in the game, including four in a row in the first inning, giving the Greys an early 1-0 lead. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — Lake Erie won its third in a row and 11th walkoff game of the season to keep pace with the Schaumburg Boomers for the sixth and final spot in the Frontier League playoffs. Juan Sanchez scored from first in the ninth on a one-out single by Vincent Mejia and a fielding error, as Read More…

High school football 2014: Returning skill players have Midview feeling fine

Midview's Brett Zupancic tries to run by Avon's Kevin Maloney in a game last season. The senior is likely to get the majority of the Middies' carries during the 2014 season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

EATON TWP. — While serving as Midview’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons, D.J. Shaw was given added responsibilities from longtime head coach Bill Albright. It was Albright’s way of preparing Shaw to one day take over the program he guided to 172 wins over 27 years. That day is now. Shaw, a former standout Read More…

Midview grad Ryan Feierabend puts disappointment of being cut before Indians series behind him

Ryan Feierabend

A few hours before Friday’s game at Progressive Field against the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers reliever Ryan Feierabend was out warming up on the field. The Midview graduate was at the home of his favorite team growing up and several members of his family and friends had purchased tickets in the hopes of seeing him Read More…

Host families essential to Lake Erie Crushers’ success

Sue Mabry, of Elyria, hugs Zac Treece before the start of the game.

AVON — Players on the Lake Erie Crushers — or any minor league baseball team, for that matter — don’t make a whole lot of money. The top salary in the Frontier League is $1,600 a month. And most teams are run on shoestring budgets, which makes it difficult to provide adequate housing for the Read More…

Crushers need 14 innings, lots of pitchers to pick up wild win over Otters

Lake Erie Crushers' Craig Hertler tags home plate after scoring on Anderson Hildago's double RBI in the fourth inning against the Evansville Otters Sunday afternoon at All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON — Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Sunday’s game between the Lake Erie Crushers and the Evansville Otters is a prime example. Not only did the game go 14 innings, last four-and-a-half hours and feature 17 pitchers — including three position players for the Otters — it also included a premature walk-off celebration. Read More…