Crushers combine to toss three-hit shutout in 3-0 victory
AVON, Ohio -- The Lake Erie Crushers limited the Schaumburg Boomers to just three hits on Wednesday afternoon, as they tossed their second shutout of the season, in a 3-0 victory over the Boomers at All Pro Freight Stadium.
The Crushers (4-0) are still the only unbeaten team in the 12-team Frontier League circuit, while the loss for the Boomers (1-4) marks the first time that they've been shutout this season.
Both starting pitchers stole the show over the first few innings of action. Fernando Gallegos (1-0) was sensational for the Crushers, as he was perfect for the first five innings, and he retired the first 16 batters of the contest, before finally surrendering a one-out single to James Keller in the top of the sixth.
Schaumburg's Josh Heddinger (0-1) was just as good as Gallegos through three innings, as he retired the Crushers in order over the first three frames, before Lake Erie center fielder Connor Oliver broke that up with a single to start the bottom of the fourth inning.
Lake Erie scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. William Beckwith began the inning with his first of two singles on the day, and Juan Avila followed with a bunt base hit. Daniel Aldrich followed with a three-run homer to right-center, his first of the season to give the Crushers the lead.
After the homer from Aldrich, the Crusher pitching staff took over, and never allowed the Boomers to get past second base. Gallegos scored the victory, tossing six scoreless innings, striking out seven batters along the way and allowed just two hits. He's now tossed 10 scoreless innings to start the inning.
Kolby Moore and Chandler Jagodzinski both tossed scoreless innings of relief to hold the Lake Erie lead, before Trevor Longfellow (2) threw a scoreless ninth inning to grab his second save of the season.
Beckwith led the charge for the Crushers offensively, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Oliver's base hit in the fourth inning extended his hitting streak to four games.
The Crushers will finish their three-game series with the Schaumburg Boomers at All Pro Freight Stadium on Thursday night. Right-hander Colin Feldtman (0-0, 0.00) will start for the Crushers and the Boomers will counter with right-hander Seth Webster (0-0, 3.00). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.