Racusin's Walk-off Blast Lifts Crushers
AVON, OHIO. - The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, kept their playoff hopes alive in walk-off fashion on Saturday night in a 6-5 win over Washington. Zach Racusin homered in the ninth inning to lift Lake Erie to their 49th win of the season.
Lake Erie got out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Joel McKeithan singled home Nick Roark from third base. The Crushers would then make it 2-0 in the fourth when Roark singled to score Dalton Wheat.
The Wild Things answered back in the fifth against Crushers starter Jake Repavich. A lead-off home run from Kyle Pollock and a two run double by Roman Collins made it 3-2 Washington.
Lake Erie responded back in the fifth when McKeithan hit a two-run home run. His eighth long-ball of the year made it 4-3. All four runs were charged to starter Jake Belinda who earned a no-decision.
The Wild Things came back with two runs of their own in the sixth inning. Both runs were charged to reliever Kent Hasler.
Lake Erie tied the game in the seventh when pinch hitter Kewby Meyer lifted a sacrifice fly to score Aaron Hill from third.
Seth Lucio pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Crushers and Logan Lombana worked his way through the ninth inning to keep it tied.
Zach Strecker (6-5) came out of the bullpen for Washington in the ninth. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Racusin hit a ball to left that tucked inside the foul pole. Racsuin's first home run of the season kept the Crushers playoff hopes alive. It was also the third walk-off win of the season for the Crushers.
Lombana earned the win to improve to 1-1 on the season. Lake Erie also improved to 49-46 while Washington fell to 54-41.
The final game of the regular season is tomorrow at 2:05 PM. The Crushers will have a chance to win their 50th game of the year.
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.
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