July 6, 2015

Elyria
Partly sunny
82°F

Crushers 6, ThunderBolts 1: Light-hitting Lake Erie wins with big day at plate

AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers entered Sunday as the Frontier League’s worst hitting team, with a .231 average. Naturally, Lake Erie erupted for 13 hits, leading to a 6-1 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts in front of 2,248 fans at All Pro Freight Stadium. Of the 13 hits, 12 were singles. The only Read More…

Errors, unearned runs doom Ironmen in 13-5 loss vs. Hamilton

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LORAIN — Less than 24 hours after a thrilling, come-from-behind victory, the Lorain County Ironmen had the chance to sweep the league-leading Hamilton Joes. The hope disappeared quickly Sunday, as untimely defensive miscues by the Ironmen aided Hamilton to a 13-5 victory. “We certainly didn’t help ourselves on the defensive end today and it’s clear Read More…

Crushers fizzle in 7-0 loss to ThunderBolts

AVON — The only fireworks at All Pro Freight Stadium on Saturday night came well after the final out. The Lake Erie offense managed four hits, all singles, in a 7-0 loss to Windy City in front of a crowd of 4,016 that came out for a holiday doubleheader of baseball and the city of Read More…

Error in ninth lifts Crushers past ThunderBolts

AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers haven’t caught many breaks this season, especially at All Pro Freight Stadium. But with the largest crowd of the season (3,573) on hand Friday night, the baseball gods picked a great time to show the Crushers they still care. Down by one and being shut out with two down Read More…

Little League Baseball: Elyria East powers past Elyria North

ELYRIA — Scoring early and often almost always works for a baseball team. East Majors (age 11-12) did just that Thursday in beating North 13-10 at Schlather Field at North Park to advance in the first round of the district tournament. East will travel to Cuyahoga Falls on Tuesday in the winners bracket. North awaits Read More…

Ironmen bounce back with Steam sweep

LORAIN — If you’re going to have a long day at the ballpark, you might as well make it a productive one. That’s exactly what the Lorain County Ironmen did Tuesday, sweeping a Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League doubleheader from Cincinnati (6-13). Lorain County won the first game 5-3 and needed a run in the bottom Read More…

Ironmen’s sloppy play leads to doubleheader sweep at hands of Grand Lakes

LORAIN — The Ironmen would probably rather just forget about their Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League doubleheader with Grand Lakes on Sunday. Lorain County (8-9) started the day by committing seven errors in a 13-7 loss to the Mariners and followed that with three errors in the first inning of the second game en route Read More…

Elyria’s Koepf learning from former Indians on Ironmen coaching staff

LORAIN — Jon Koepf, a 2009 Elyria High grad, has a plan for the future — and he is getting help from the early ’80s Cleveland Indians. Koepf started his collegiate career at Notre Dame College, where he played for Len Barker — the last Indians pitcher to throw a perfect game (in 1981). Koepf Read More…

Pro baseball team makes history with first openly gay player

SONOMA, Calif. — Baseball history was made in Northern California when the sport’s first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer. Sean Conroy, 23, led the Sonoma Stompers to a 7-0 victory Thursday night Read More…

Crushers 7, Wild Things 2: Frank Desico ends home losing streak with voice, bat

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AVON — Lake Erie center fielder Frank Desico began the action Sunday with a rousing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” He effectively ended the game — and the Crushers’ seven-game home losing streak — with arguably the biggest hit of his professional career. Desico, a Cleveland native, delivered a two-out, three-run triple to right-center in Read More…