Extra Effort

Extra Effort

Parker Norris's game winning single pushes Crushers past Boomers, 5-4 in 11 innings

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AVON, Ohio  -- The Lake Erie Crushers scored a come from behind victory on Tuesday night at All Pro Freight Stadium, on Parker Norris's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 11th to score Daniel Aldrich, giving the Crushers a 5-4 win over the Schaumburg Boomers.

The Crushers (3-0) are out to their second 3-0 start over the last two seasons, while the loss for the Boomers (1-3) was their second one-run loss of the season.

Lake Erie used eight different pitchers on the night, and held the Boomers to six hits. Mike Devine started the game, and tossed four scoreless innings of work. Kolby Moore, Keegan Ghidotti, Devin Malone, Chandler Jagodzinski, Trevor Longfellow, Steve Hagen and Tobb Kibby (1-0) all saw action.
 For the second time in as many games, the Crushers used the long ball to get on the board. Juan Avila hit his first homer of the season, belting a solo shot over the wall in left to start the bottom of the second inning to give Lake Erie a 1-0 advantage.
Before hitting the walk off RBI single in the 11th, Norris came through with a  clutch, two-out, two-run triple to the gap in left center field in the bottom of the fourth to cushion Crusher lead, giving them a 3-0 advantage.

The Boomers chipped away at the lead, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. Michael Valadez brought in the first run on a RBI groundout, and a wild pitch scored Paul Kronenfeld later in the inning. Kronenfeld struck again for the Boomers in the top of the eighth, as he tied the game on a two-out solo homer to right.


In the top of the 11th inning, Ino Patron drove in the go-ahead run for the Boomers on a RBI single to center.


Lake Erie answered with two to win it in the bottom of the inning. Jose Barraza came home to tie the game on Carlos Avila's sacrifice fly-out to center, and an errant throw by the center fielder, Justin Byrd, allowed Daniel Aldrich to advance to second. Norris then stepped in and belted a single to right, scoring Aldrich to win the game.


Kibby retired the only batter he faced, fanning Byrd with the bases loaded to end the 11th inning, grabbing his first win of the year. Dexter Price (0-1) took the loss, allowing both runs over two-thirds of the 11th inning.


Norris led the way for Lake Erie, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Juan Avila, and Connor Oliver also hit safely twice for the Crushers.


The Crushers will continue their three-game series with the Schaumburg Boomers at All Pro Freight Stadium on Wednesday morning. Right-hander Fernando Gallegos (0-0, 0.00) will start for the Crushers and the Boomers will counter with right-hander Josh Heddinger (0-0, 0.00). The first pitch is scheduled for 11:05 AM.