Crushers Swept in Doubleheader

Crushers Swept in Doubleheader

Lake Erie playoff hopes take hit

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AVON, OHIO. -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Joliet Slammers on Wednesday night. The Slammers rolled to a 9-3 win in game one and then beat the Crushers 2-1 in game two. 

Game one starter Jake Repavich (1-2) got roughed up early on and battled through 4.2 innings while allowing five runs (three earned). The Slammers scored three times in the first and twice in the second to set the tone early. 

Lake Erie had the bases loaded in the first inning but only scored one run. An RBI single by Zach Racusin scored Joel McKeithan but they trailed 5-1 after two innings. 

Lake Erie scored an run against Joliet starter Liam O'Sullivan (10-4) in the fourth inning when Racusin scored on an RBI groundout by Bryan DeLaRosa. 

The Slammers put the nail in the coffin in the sixth inning when they scored three times against Branden Nunn. They then added a run in the seventh against Branden Maddern. Every Joliet player recorded at least one hit in game one. 

Racusin finished 3-4 with two runs scored. Dalton Wheat also had two hits in the game for Lake Erie. 

Game two featured a pitchers duel between Micah Beyer and Daren Osby (7-2). Beyer worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the third and then retired 12 in a row. He went on to strike out 11 batters in the game while allowing just two hits. 

Osby only allowed three hits over eight innings. He struck out seven batters along the way for Joliet. The Crushers had a chance to win in the seventh inning but a double play ended the threat. 

The Crushers went to Seth Lucio in the eighth and he pitched a scoreless frame. The ninth inning served as the 11th inning so international rules took effect. With runners on the corners and two outs, Trenton Hill singled off of Kent Hasler (0-1) to score the first run. Ridge Hoopii-Haslam followed with another single and Joliet led 2-0. 

Joliet went to closer Isaac Sanchez in the ninth. Derek Perry who made the last out in the previous inning began the ninth inning at second base. Sanchez allowed a single to Aaron Hill who advanced to second on the throw. A sacrifice fly by McKeithan scored Perry but Cody Lenahan struck out to end the game. 

Sanchez picked up his ninth save of the year. Lake Erie finished with only four hits and two of them belonged to Perry, who was in his professional debut. 

Lake Erie (43-43) drops to .500 for the first time since May 15th. Joliet improves to 49-37 with the win. The Crushers are now two games back of the final wild card spot. There are just 10 regular season games remaining. Game three is tomorrow at 6:35 PM. Both starters are still to be determined. 

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.