Lake Erie falls just short on the road

Miners Take Series
Lake Erie falls just short on the road
MARION, Ill. -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, came up just short against the Miners of Southern Illinois on Saturday night. Alex Romero (0-1) tossed six strong innings but Southern Illinois scored two runs in the sixth inning, to help them to a 3-2 win. 
Lake Erie (0-2) outhit Southern Illinois (2-0) in game two of the series but the Miners hit three home runs, including two from Nolan Earley. 
After scoring 12 runs in the opener, Southern Illinois struggled to get the offense going consistently against Romero but they did manage to take an early lead, after a home run by Earley in the second inning. 
Miners starter, Kurt Heyer (1-0) was also keeping the Crushers offense in check. He allowed just two hits through the first five innings before Lake Erie finally got something going. 
Aaron Hill led the sixth inning off with a walk before Dalton Wheat tripled to tie the game. Kevin LaChance then gave the Crushers a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly to center. Heyer finished the night with six innings pitched while allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out seven in the game. 
The lead was short lived for the Crushers as Chance Shepard led off the home half of the inning with his second home run of the series, to tie the game. A couple of batters later, Earley hit his second home run of the night, putting the Miners ahead for good. 

Richard McWilliams threw two perfect innings of relief for Lake Erie while the Miners bullpen allowed just two hits over the final three innings to secure the 3-2 win. 

Lake Erie had a chance in the eighth inning after a single from Cameron Newell and a walk by LaChance but the Miners ended the threat with a strikeout. The Miners pitching staff recorded 13 strikeouts on Saturday night. John Werner picked up his first save of the year after pitching a scoreless ninth inning for Southern Illinois. 
Lake Erie will try to salvage one game of the series tomorrow when they face Southern Illinois at 6:05 PM. The Crushers will hand the ball to rIght-hander Juan Perez (0-0 0.00) while Southern Illinois goes with right-hander Geno Encina (0-0, 0.00 ERA). 

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, and 2011 Frontier League Organization of the year, play ball at Sprenger Health Care Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, Ohio.  The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at or call 440-934-3636.