AVON, OHIO. — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, rallied late and snapped a season-high seven game losing streak on Sunday afternoon with an 8-7 win over the Florence Freedom.
Lake Erie got off to a fast start in the first inning against Freedom starter Chuck Weaver. The Crushers scored three runs on three hits and took advantage of an error by Florence to jump out to a 3-0 lead.
Making his professional debut was Crushers starter Micah Beyer. The right-hander struck out the side in the first inning and ended up going four innings while allowing one unearned run.
The Crushers added a run in the fourth when Bryan DeLaRosa doubled home Tyler Cowles, making it 4-0. Florence also got a run in the fourth after a couple of Crushers errors.
The game turned south for the Crushers in the sixth inning with them leading 4-1. The Freedom scored a couple of runs against reliever Mason Klotz, who went 1.1 innings while allowing five runs on four hits. The Crushers also committed two errors in the inning, bringing their total to four in the game.
Lake Erie responded for a run in bottom of the sixth when Aaron Hill doubled home Dalton Wheat, trimming the deficit to 7-5.
In the seventh, Doug Trimble homered with a man on to tie the game 7-7. Lake Erie (26-24) took the lead for good in the eighth inning when DeLaRosa led off with a double and Dane Hutcheon singled with two outs. That gave the Crushers an 8-7 lead.
After defensive struggles throughout the game, the Crushers finally got a huge play from their defense in the ninth. With the tying run on base, Skylar Ewing doubled into the left field corner. Cowles dug the ball out of the corner and fired to the shortstop Hill who threw home and nailed the runner. Justin Sinibaldi finished it off with a strikeout to end the losing streak.
Austin Orvis (1-0) earned the win after a scoreless eighth inning and Jake Haberer (0-1) took the loss for Florence. Sinibaldi picked up his 10th save of the season.
Lake Erie will begin a six-game road trip after the All-Star break with a trip to Washington.