September 22, 2014


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…

Crushers shut out Thunderbolts for second night in a row

Lake Erie Crushers' Joey Burney slides safely back into first as Windy City ThunderBolts' first baseman Davidson Peguero attempts to pick him off.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Prior to Friday night, this year’s Lake Erie Crushers hadn’t put together back-to-back shutout victories. They also hadn’t won a game at All Pro Freight Stadium this season in front of a crowd of over 3,500. Both of those “nevers” ended Friday night. A crowd of 4,215 was treated to the team’s fifth Read More…

Craig Hertler’s first-inning homer provides spark as Crushers cruise past ThunderBolts

Lake Erie Crushers' Craig Hertler watches his first-inning shot clear the fence Wednesday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — A 2-4 road trip capped by a series sweep at Schaumburg had the Lake Erie Crushers in a bad mood Wednesday. It didn’t take long for them to start feeling better. Craig Hertler led off the bottom of the first with a home run — his first of the season — over the Read More…

Crushers’ bats stay hot in series finale

Crushers Juan Sanchez launches a home run.

AVON — The quick turnaround from Tuesday night’s win did not hamper the Lake Erie Crushers’ offense at all. Less than 24 hours after erupting for seven runs, the Crushers put up another seven on the Frontier Greys on Wednesday morning. They ended a six-game homestand on a high note, winning 7-2, in front of Read More…

Zac Treece dominates on mound, leads Crushers past Greys

Lake Erie Crushers' Zac Treece pitches against the Frontier Greys. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

AVON — Zac Treece set the tone for the Lake Erie Crushers on Tuesday. Treece (3-2) held the Frontier Greys to three hits, one run and two walks over eight innings, while striking out five as the Crushers rolled 7-1 at All Pro Freight Stadium. He got lots of support, too, as the offense, which Read More…

Todd Kibby, offense have off nights as Crushers fall to Greys

Crushers starter Todd Kibby had a rare off night Monday in a 6-3 loss to the Greys. Kibby, who has emerged as the team's ace, wasn't awful, but did allow four runs over six innings at All Pro Freight Stadium. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

AVON — Todd Kibby has quickly emerged as the ace of the Lake Erie Crushers pitching staff. Time and time again, whenever the Crushers needed a big pitching performance, Kibby delivered. Unfortunately for the Crushers, Monday was not one of those nights. Kibby gave up four runs in six innings and the offense took a Read More…

Crushers 4, Freedom 3: Rookie delivers game-winning hit

AVON — It appeared the Crushers had left their offense behind as Sunday’s game progressed. Less than 24 hours after erupting for 16 runs, Lake Erie , squandered numerous scoring chances as the Florence Freedom clung to a one-run lead. But that all changed in the ninth inning, when the Crushers have been dangerous — Read More…

Crushers can’t come up with big hit, fall to Freedom

The Crushers’ Vincent Mejia slides safely into second as Florence’s Jorge Marban leaps for the ball. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — Friday was one of those nights that the breaks didn’t seem to go the Lake Erie Crushers’ way, especially where the offense — or lack thereof — was concerned. The Crushers were limited to six hits by Florence starter Casey Henn and two relievers and didn’t advance a runner beyond second, despite having Read More…

Crushers at the break: Midseason report

crushers slider

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…