May 5, 2016

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Offense doesn’t get the job done as Crushers get shut out by ThunderBolts

AVON — Crushers starting pitcher Josh Faiola needed a big performance against Windy City on Wednesday night, because he was roughed up for 12 runs in three innings against the ThunderBolts in his last start May 27. Faiola was perfect through three innings and kept a shutout going into the sixth, but an error extended Read More…

Crushers’ Gordon Gronkowski glad he didn’t say so long to baseball

AVON — Gordon Gronkowski almost made the decision to end his professional baseball career. The big-hitting first baseman knew it’s a long shot for a player to find his way onto a major league roster, and Gronkowski’s family had a chain of 18 fitness equipment stores that he helps run during the offseasons and could Read More…

Crushers get win in home opener

AVON — As Lake Erie manager John Massarelli leaned back in his chair during the postgame news conference, he let out a sigh and said, “Now the season starts.” The Crushers’ home-opening 5-2 victory over the Windy City ThunderBolts on Tuesday night wasn’t so much a baseball game as it was a celebratory event for Read More…

Lake Erie Crushers: New ballpark, team creating a buzz

The buzz of excitement surrounding the Lake Erie Crushers’ inaugural season can be heard emanating from the city of Avon. Most of it comes from the team’s brand-new fan base, while some of it is from the Crushers themselves. “We’re stoked,” center fielder Luke Hetherington said. “I’ve been to the new stadium three or four Read More…

Lake Erie Crushers: Players bios and Frontier League capsules

THE PLAYERS Brian Chambers POSITION: Pitcher HEIGHT: 6-3 WEIGHT: 225 BIRTHDATE: Aug. 14, 1983 THROWS: Right BATS: Right COLLEGE: Florida State HIGH SCHOOL: Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.) NOTABLE: Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Angels in 2007. Played for the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League last season. As a Read More…

Minor league baseball: Frontier League getting bigger, better

Most area baseball fans are still brushing up on their Lake Erie Crushers knowledge, and have yet to learn much about the Frontier League in which the independent franchise competes. Even the Crushers themselves, beginning their inaugural season, are still becoming acquainted with the league. “My history before this was with affiliated ball, so it’s Read More…

Cavaliers commentary: Add ‘The Flop’ to list of Cleveland disappointments

Cleveland sports fans have seen “The Drive” and “The Fumble” and “The Shot” … and a ton of other moments that didn’t receive a nickname but ripped out the heart of the city. Now you can add “The Flop.” No, not the defensive maneuver Anderson Varejao — and Ben Wallace and Mo Williams, according to Read More…

High school football: Area’s college hopefuls get own combine

Lorain County is entering the proactive world of college football recruiting. The county’s first college combine for local scholastic players will be held June 6 at Oberlin High School. Oberlin head coach Dave McFarland and assistant coach Lester Allen led the effort to create the combine after getting positive feedback at a county coaches meeting. Read More…

Shaun Bennett: Mo Williams lives up to sidekick status in Game 5 win over Magic

CLEVELAND – This is the kind of postseason performance the Cavaliers envisioned when they made the offseason trade for point guard Mo Williams. They needed an All-Star-quality playmaker who could double as a scoring threat — somebody to step up and make life a bit easier for superstar LeBron James. They needed a Robin to Read More…

High school tennis: Westlake freshman Buffington has score to settle at state tournament

Colton Buffington has one more loss to avenge this season, and he`s hoping he`ll do it during the quarterfinals at the Division I state singles tournament this weekend. The Westlake freshman avenged his lone regular-season loss when he defeated Kenston sophomore Nolan Marks in the second round of the district tournament at Oberlin College last Read More…