May 25, 2015

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Crushers ride Seth Granger’s first home run as a pro to 5-4 win over division-leading Beach Bums

AVON — A baseball player’s first professional home run has to be unforgettable, right? Well, when that home run proves to be the difference in a one-run win over the top team in your division, that’s about as special as it comes. Seth Granger’s solo home run over the right-field wall on the first pitch Read More…

It takes 17 innings and nearly six hours, but Crushers finally pull out win over Southern Illinois

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AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers game Tuesday night was so long, it didn’t end until Wednesday morning. A 12-minute rain delay was only the tip of the iceberg in a marathon game with the Southern Illinois Miners that lasted 17 innings – the longest game ever at All Pro Freight Stadium and in Crushers’ Read More…

Bowman’s home run in 10th carries Crushers past Aviators, extends winning streak to four

AVON — Looking to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games and to reach the .500 mark for the first time in six weeks, the Crushers had to work a little overtime Friday night. Fortunately for them, Daniel Bowman has a flair for the dramatic … and for winning. Bowman hit the first Read More…

Crushers pitchers come up big, turn in second straight shutout against ThunderBolts

AVON — Crushers manager Jeff Isom told his team this six-game homestand would be the biggest of the year. Apparently, his pitchers were listening. One day after Matt Rein baffled Windy City with a two-hit shutout, Fostoria native Alex Kaminsky answered with arguably his best outing as a Crusher, combining with Mickey Jannis on a Read More…

Matt Rein’s pitching and Anderson Hidalgo’s hitting key as Crushers crush Thunderbolts, snap losing streak

AVON — A fire alarm was pulled at All Pro Freight Stadium before Tuesday’s Lake Erie Crushers game. It was a false alarm, but it may have served as a wake-up call for the team, which snapped a three-game losing streak with an 11-0 win over the Windy City Thunderbolts. After being held to just Read More…

Crushers fight back from three down, top CornBelters in 10

AVON — Longtime Lake Erie Crushers fans know all about “Freight Magic.” That’s when the home team makes things happen in the late innings to come away with a thrilling win. Wednesday night, the Crushers tapped into some of that old “Freight Magic,” rallying from a 3-0 seventh-inning deficit to down the CornBelters 4-3 in Read More…

Offense missing in Crushers’ loss to Freedom; fans, too

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AVON — Attendance for Tuesday night’s Crushers game was 789 — the smallest crowd at All Pro Freight Stadium in the five-year history of the franchise. All those folks who decided to stay home didn’t miss much. The offensive woes that plagued the Crushers at the start of the season carried over to the opener Read More…

It takes 12 innings, but Crushers beat Grizzlies to give new manager his first win

AVON — It was a great start two years in the making by Crushers pitcher Matt Rein on Saturday night. However, the finish may have been even better. After Matt Smith suffered a blown save by giving up a run in the ninth, Lake Erie and the Gateway Grizzlies battled through two scoreless extra innings Read More…

Playoffs? Crushers say yes, down Beach Bums in must-win game

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – It couldn’t have looked more dreary to the Lake Erie Crushers than it did Friday. Sunday, despite rains that postponed the start of the biggest game of their season, the Crushers saw nothing but sunshine. That’s right, the Crushers somehow pulled off the improbable, winning their final two must-win games of Read More…