NORMAL, Ill. — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, sent 14 men to the plate in the second inning and scored eight times to open up their series against the Normal CornBelters (11-15) on Tuesday night. Behind six scoreless innings from Sean Renzi (4-1), Lake Erie rolled to a 12-2 win.
Lake Erie (16-12) jumped all over CornBelters starter Jacinto Garcia (2-1) in the second inning. Aaron Hill led off with a triple and later scored along with Cameron Newell on a two-run single by Kevin Lachance. Kewby Meyer followed with an RBI single which scored Dane Hutcheon.
A wild pitch scored the fourth run and a single from Cody Lenahan made it 6-0 Crushers. Garcia only lasted 1.2 innings and he surrendered seven runs on four hits while issuing five walks.
By the time the second inning was over, the Crushers had an 8-0 lead. They added a run in the fourth and two in the fifth when Sean Hurley blasted his fourth home run of the year. His two-run shot made it 11-0.
On the mound, Lake Erie got another quality start from Renzi. The right-hander went six and allowed five hits while striking out four.
Austin Orvis allowed an unearned run over two innings of work out of the bullpen and Richard McWilliams allowed a run in the ninth inning.
The twelve runs scored on Tuesday was the highest offensive output of the season for the Crushers. With the win, Lake Erie also clinched the season series from the CornBelters.
Nine different players hit safely for Lake Erie while seven different players had at least one RBI.
Game two will begin tomorrow at 7:05 CDT. Alex Romero (2-2) will get the start for Lake Erie while Matt Portland (2-1) goes for Normal. Game three is Thursday at 7:05 CDT.
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.