Lake Erie Ends Regular Season On A Winning Note

Crushers win the game by a final score of 4-1 to Joliet

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AVON, Ohio -- The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy Health, won their last series of the regular season with a 4-1 victory over the Joliet Slammers.


The Crushers (54-42) improve to 7-5 against Joliet this year with the win. While the Slammers (40-56) lose their first home series in the past four series.


It was another night of pitcher's duels at DuPage Medical Group Field. Starting pitcher for the Crushers Sean Johnson exited the game early after throwing only 2.0 innings. Jake Repavich (6-6) picked up the win as he pitched amazingly in long relief. Repavich threw 6.0 innings, where he gave up eight hits, walked no one and struck out six. Mario Samuel (3-4) got the loss tonight as he gave up two runs on four hits over his 5.0 innings of work.


The Crushers got an early lead in the third and never looked back. Brody Wofford hit a double to start the inning but was thrown out trying to advance to third on Bryan De La Rosa's grounder. De La Rosa reached on the fielder's choice then advanced into scoring position on Dre Hubbard's single. Aaron Hill came up and was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Emmanuel Marrero then hit an RBI sac fly to score De La Rosa and make it an early 1-0 lead.


Lake Erie added to their lead in the fifth inning. Wofford drew a lead off walk and then stole second to put himself in scoring position. Hill jumped in on the fun with an RBI double to make it a two run Crushers lead.


In the eighth inning, the Crushers added two insurance runs to take a 4-0 lead. Marrero added another RBI to his night with a solo homer to score the first run of the game. The second run of the inning came on an RBI single from Zach Racusin.


The only run of the game for Joliet came in the eighth. An RBI single from Clayton Harp scored Oliver Nunez to make it a 4-1 game. Other than that inning, the Slammers were dominated all night long by the Crushers pitchers.


The Crushers will start the playoffs with a best of five series with the Florence Freedom on Tuesday at UC Health Stadium in Florence, Kentucky. Time for the first pitch and the starting pitcchers are still TBD.


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 10 teams operating throughout the Midwest. For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at or call 440-934-3636.