Crushers Sweep Away the Boomers

Crushers Sweep Away the Boomers

The Crushers score in five consecutive innings and beat the Boomers 6-4

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AVON, Ohio  -- The Lake Erie Crushers took down the Schaumburg Boomers, 6-4, as the Crushers had 11 hits and completed the series sweep.


The Crushers (5-0) have the best record to start a season in franchise history. The loss for the Boomers (1-5) puts them at the bottom of the East Division.


Lake Erie got on the board first with Daniel Aldrich's double to the deepest part of the park in center, allowing Juan Avila to score from first base in the fourth inning.


The Crushers would strike again in the fifth when Max Casper and Parker Norris hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Parks Jordan then moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt down the third base line. With runners on second and third and one out, Jose Barraza hit a two-run double, pushing the Crushers lead to three.


Schaumburg fought back in the top of the sixth inning as Jordan Dean hit a one out ground-rule double to right field. Paul Kronenfeld then hit a single to center which plated Dean. With two outs in the inning, Devin Malone replaced Crushers starter Colin Feldtman and proceeded to walk Dusty Robinson and then give up an RBI single to Mikal Hill, scoring Kronenfeld. Keegan Ghidotti took over for Malone on the mound and gave up a game-tying single to Ino Patron, which scored Robinson.


The Crushers offense went back to work in a hurry to retake the lead, scoring a run in the sixth, seventh and eighth inning. In the home half of the sixth, Carlos Avila singled and came around to score on a single by Max Casper.


In the seventh, Barraza singled with one out. William Beckwith then hit a chopper to the right side of the infield that was picked up by Boomers pitcher, Jake Joyce, and thrown past second base into left field. The error allowed Barraza to reach third base. Juan Avila then hit an RBI single to center.


The Crushers added a run in the eighth, thanks to Brendan Costantino's speed. Costantino walked, stole second, moved to third on a groundout to first and came home on a wild pitch.


The Boomers added a run in the top of the ninth as Patron scored on John Cruz's single to right but the Boomers stranded a runner on third.


Feldtman pitched well in his first start in a Crusher uniform. He went 5.2 innings allowing two runs on four hits but did not pick up a decision. Ghidotti (1-0) picked up the win as he was able to get able out of the sixth inning. Chandler Jagodzinski (1), the fifth Crushers out of the bullpen, earned the save as he pitched the ninth.


For the Boomers, Seth Webster (0-1) went six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits. Jake Joyce and Dexter Price both allowed a run when they came out of the bullpen. Price's run was unearned.


The Crushers will go on the road for the first time this season and will start a three game series against the Washington Wild Things at CONSOL Energy Park. The series begins Friday night with southpaw Todd Kibby (1-0, 6.75) on the mound for the Crushers, while the Wild Things will send right-hander Chase Cunningham (1-0, 7.20) to the hill. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.