September 3, 2014


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…

Division I district tennis: Avon’s Nico Mostardi shakes off back spasms to earn state berth

Avon sophomore Nico Mostardi returns a shot Saturday. Mostardi overcame back spasms to get a three-set win 
and advance to next weekend’s Division I state tournament. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — Nico Mostardi appeared to be in the driver’s seat Saturday morning in his do-or-die Division I district consolation semifinal match against Mayfield’s Shouta Fukamachi at Oberlin College. But after the Avon sophomore won his first set, the back spasms that plagued him during Thursday’s quarterfinal loss to Kenston’s Austin Barr flared up again. Read More…

District Tennis: Avon’s Nico Mostardi splits matches, fights through sore back, needs win Saturday to reach state tourney

Nico Mostardi

OBERLIN — Avon sophomore Nico Mostardi’s dreams of a state berth are on hold until Saturday morning for the second straight year. But if he displays just a fraction of the heart, guile and determination he showed during his 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 quarterfinal loss to Kenston’s Austin Barr on Thursday during the first day Read More…

Ryan Hutchison’s first home run as professional gives Crushers walk-off win over Boomers

The Crushers’ Vincent Meija makes it safely into second base during Saturday night’s 2-1 win over Schaumburg. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

AVON — When the Schaumburg Boomers brought in a left-handed reliever in the seventh, first-year Crushers manager Chris Mongiardo decided to go with pinch-hitter Ryan Hutchison on Saturday night. Though it took a couple of innings to pay off, playing Hutchison turned out to be just what the Crushers needed. Hutchison, a first-year pro from Read More…

Lake Erie Crushers open season with win for new manager Chris Mongiardo

Lake Erie’s Emmanuel Quiles (15) is greeted at home plate by Seth Granger after 
the Crushers regained the lead in the season-opening victory over Schaumburg. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

AVON — The Chris Mongiardo Era began with one of the most resounding early season performances the Lake Erie Crushers have ever had. Going up against the Schaumburg Boomers — the team that swept them in the Frontier League Championship Series in September — and with several new faces in the lineup, the Crushers broke Read More…