AVON, Ohio — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, scored 14 times on 18 hits and received a complete game shutout from Juan Caballero at Sprenger Health Care Stadium on Friday night, as they defeated the Schaumburg Boomers in convincing fashion in a 14-0 victory.
The win for the Crushers (36-38) was their fourth in their last five games, while the loss for the Boomers (53-23) brought a seven game winning streak to an end.
After Juan Caballero (5-2) struck out the side in the top of the first inning, the Lake Erie offense went to work, scoring three times on three hits to take an early 3-0 lead. Back-to-back singles from L.J. Kalawaia and Jordan Dean started the inning, and they both came around to score on Cody Lenehan’s bases loaded double off the wall in right. Austin O’Brien capped the big inning with a sac fly RBI to score Sean Hurley.
Lake Erie used the long ball to add two to their lead in the bottom of the second. Bryan De La Rosa started the inning with a single to left field, and made his way to second on a balk, before Jordan Dean brought him home on a two-run homer to left, his 15th of the season to give the Crushers a 5-0 lead.
The Crusher offense was far from finished, as they batted around and scored six runs on six hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to take an 11-0 lead. The inning began with four straight hits. Parker Norris started the inning with a double, and he came around to score on Dean’s RBI single to left. Connor Oliver followed with a two-run triple to right-center, and came home moments later on Hurley’s RBI groundout. Conner Simonetti finished the big inning with a two-run homer to right, his third of the season.
Lake Erie plated three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 14-0 lead. They had the bases loaded with one out when Lenehan walked on four pitches to bring in the first run of the inning, and Simonetti struck again two batters later, on a two-run single to right.
Caballero went the distance, delivering his third complete game shutout of the season, and limited the league’s best offense to just a pair of hits on the night while striking out 10 along the way to earn the victory. Kagen Hopkins (8-4) took the loss for the Boomers after allowing 11 runs on 12 hits over four innings of work.
Seven Crushers hit safely multiple times on the night, while Kalawaia and Dean led the way at the top of the order with four hits each. Dean drove in three runs and was a triple away from hitting for the cycle, while Simonetti led the Crushers with four RBIs.
The Crushers will continue their three-game series with the Schaumburg Boomers at Sprenger Health Care Stadium on Saturday night. The pitching matchup has not been announced. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM.
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.