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Crushers fall to CornBelters

June 19, 2015 - Frontier League (FL) - Lake Erie Crushers News Release

NORMAL, Ill. -- The Lake Erie Crushers were held to just a pair of hits on Friday evening at the Corn Crib, and suffered a 9-0 loss in the opening game of their series against the Normal CornBelters.

The loss for the Crushers (10-18) was their third in a row, while win for the CornBelters (17-13) snapped a five-game losing streak.

Nothing seemed to go right for the Crushers, as they ended up with more errors (3) than hits (2), and Normal starting pitcher Chris Carmain (4-2) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but had it broken up by Austin Prott's one-out single through the right side of the infield.

The CornBelters jumped on the board early, scoring the game's first run in the bottom of the first inning. After Pat McKenna was issued a two out walk, Aaron Dudley stroked a double to the gap in left center to score McKenna all the way from first.

Normal then added four runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth inning, which began with a solo homer from Richard Lucas. Back-to-back one out singles were recorded, and Steve Sulcoski reached on Anderson Hidalgo's fielding error at third to load the bases. Cameron Monger reached on a fielder's choice to plate the next run, before the 'Belters executed a double steal which scored the third run, and Mark Micowski brought in the last run of the inning on a RBI single to center.

Sam Judah belted a run scoring single in the fifth inning to give Normal a 6-0 lead, and they added three more runs on three hits in the eighth inning. Jason Merjano drove in the first run on a RBI double, before Monger smashed a run scoring single, and McKenna brought in the final run on a sacrifice fly.

Carmain scored the victory after tossing seven scoreless innings, and allowed just the one hit to Prott, while walking five. Hunter Adkins (0-3) took the loss, after allowing six runs, only three earned on eight hits over six innings and fanned four.

Prott recorded both of Lake Erie's hits on the night, going 2-for-4 with a single and a double.

The Crushers will continue their three-game series with the Normal CornBelters at the Corn Crib on Saturday night. Right-hander Rob Blanc (0-1, 2.33) will start for the Crushers, while the CornBelters will throw right-hander Kevin Johnson (2-1, 4.55). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:35 PM.

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, and 2011 Frontier League Organization of the year, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, Ohio. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 14 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2015 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at or call 440-934-3636.

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