September 17, 2014

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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

Todd Kibby

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

nfl tournament

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…