September 2, 2014

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Crushers at the break: Midseason report

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For once, the Lake Erie Crushers actually got off to a strong start. Under past managers John Massarelli and Jeff Isom, the Crushers would stumble out of the gate in May, begin to heat up in June, go into the All-Star break playing well and carry that over into a strong second half. This year, Read More…

Midview grad Ryan Feierabend back in Major League 6 years after Tommy John surgery

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After being released by three major league organizations over a two-year span following Tommy John surgery and pitching in an independent minor league, Ryan Feierabend was definitely thinking about the dreaded “R” word. Retirement. But a winter workout in late 2012 at Midview High School, his alma mater, inadvertently reignited the left-hander’s baseball career and Read More…

Midview graduate Cody Callaway picks football, baseball at Bowling Green over shot with Indians organization

Cody Callaway

Midview two-sport standout Cody Callaway knew he would have a tough decision to make between college athletics and professional baseball. But after falling to the 34th round in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft — where he was selected by the Cleveland Indians, his favorite baseball team — Callaway was able to make the Read More…

Crushers 5, Greys 4: Andrew Davis delivers walk-off winner in 10th inning

AVON — No one has been the hero, or defined Freight Magic, more in Lake Erie Crushers history than Andrew Davis. It was only a matter of time before the longest-tenured Crusher delivered another walk-off winner. With two on and nobody out in the bottom of the 10th Sunday, Davis drilled a 2-0 pitch down Read More…

Errors costly in Crushers’ loss to Wild Things

Crushers shortstop Juan Gonzalez makes the play to get the out at second base. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

AVON — On Friday night, the Lake Erie’s defense committed four errors against Washington, the East Division leaders. On Saturday night, the Crushers added three more miscues to the total, and all three directly led to two Wild Things runs. That, along with a two-run home run by Stewart Ijames in the third inning, proved Read More…

Starter Todd Kibby’s marriage proposal a success, game not so much as Crushers stumble in ninth, lose to Wild Things

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AVON — Lake Erie Crushers starting pitcher Todd Kibby will remember Friday night for the rest of his life. After retiring the side in order in the first inning, he got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Amanda, who said yes. And heading into the top of the ninth, Kibby’s wonderful night Read More…

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…