June 16, 2017 - Frontier League (FL) - Lake Erie Crushers
EVANSVILLE, IN - The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, dropped their rubbermatch with the Evansville Otters, 12-3. The Crushers (13-17) lost their first series since surrendering two of three two Joliet three series ago. The Otters (15-15) won their first series over Lake Erie since the 2015 season.
For the second night in a row, the Crushers struck in the first inning. Jordan Dean and Connor Oliver started the game with back-to-back singles, and Cody Lenahan added a one-out base knock to open the scoring.
The Otters answered back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Josh Allen started the rally with a one-out base hit, scoring when Dane Phillips doubled in the next at bat. After back-to-back walks, Jeff Gardner knocked a ball towards second, and a miscommunication at first resulted in the ball rolling into foul territory as a run scored and all runners were left safe.
Evansville padded their lead in the third. After a one-out single form Dane Phillips, Segovia cracked his third dinger of the series to tack two more. Two batters later, Gardner added another homer to make it 5-1, Otters.
Brandon Murray pulled the Crushers one run closer with a solo shot in the fourth, and Lake Erie continued its comeback in the fifth. Parker Norris drew a walk to lead off the inning, and Dean brought him home with a double to left-center in the next at bat to pull the Crushers within two.
Evansville responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Three consecutive singles from Allen, Phillips and Segovia loaded the bases for John Schultz, and plated two runs with a double. Gardner followed with a groundout to second, bringing in Segovia, and Christopher Riopedre polished off the inning with an RBI-single to make it 9-3.
The Otters' offense wasn't done, adding to their advantage in the sixth. Schultz took advantage of singles from Allen and Phillips by launching a three-run home run to finish the scoring and extend the Evansville lead to 12-3.
Payton Lobdell took the loss in his first start as a Crusher. Lobdell (2-4) surrendered nine runs, eight earned, on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts over four innings.
The Crushers head to Marion, IL, for a weekend set with the Southern Illinois Miners. Steve Hagen (3-1, 4.42) is scheduled to start game one for the Lake Erie on Friday. First pitch is set for 8:05 EDT.
The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, and 2011 Frontier League Organization of the year, play ball at Sprenger Healthcare 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.