Crushers Fall in Series Finale
Florence scores early and late to beat Crushers
FLORENCE, KY. -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, wrapped up their last regular season series against the west division with a 7-5 loss to the Florence Freedom on Sunday afternoon.
It was a rough start for Lake Erie starter Jake Repavich (0-1) who was making his first start of the season. Florence recorded five hits in the first inning and jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
Caleb Lopes, Skylar Ewing, and Jordan Brower all drove in runs before Keivan Berges hit a two-run home run to cap off the first inning.
The Lake Erie offense would respond in the second against Christian DeLeon. A two-run single by Dalton Wheat got the Crushers within three and then Nick Roark hit a two-run home run. His first homer of the season made it 5-4 Florence.
DeLeon would only go two innings while allowing four runs on four hits. The bullpen took over for Florence and they accounted for seven innings while allowing just one run. Mike Castellani (2-0) accounted for three innings and earned the win after allowing just two hits.
Repavich settled in for Lake Erie and ended up going six innings. He allowed eight hits and five earned runs.
The Freedom got an insurance run off of reliever Luke Watts in the seventh inning. After allowing consecutive singles, Watts allowed another hit to Austin Wobrock and Florence led 6-4.
The Crushers answered back in the eighth when Joel McKeithan led off with a solo home run against reliever Cody Gray. That was McKeithan's sixth homer of the season.
Florence got the insurance run right back in the eighth against Watts. An RBI single by Berges made it 7-5. Watts went two innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
The Crushers got the tying run to the plate in the ninth but a bizarre play ended the game. With one out and Wheat at first, Roark hit a deep fly ball to center that was caught. Wheat had been put in motion on the pitch and was around second base when the ball was caught. In his attempt to get back to first he didn't step on second and was doubled up as a result to end the game.
Lake Erie falls to 38-34 with the loss and Florence gets back to 36-36 with the win. Lake Erie finished their season with a 20-16 record against western division teams. The Crushers will begin a three game series with Windy City on Tuesday. Game time is slated for 7:05 PM.
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 www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.