AVON, Ohio — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy Health, entertained a crowd of 2,574 fans at Sprenger Stadium to a pitcher’s duel on Saturday night, as the Crushers came away with their first win at home in over two weeks, topping the Traverse City Beach Bums, 2-1.
The win for the Crushers (41-36) snapped a six game home losing streak, marking their first win at home since July 27, while the loss for the Beach Bums (34-42) was their fifth in their last six games on the road.
The pitching was very good on both sides. The starting pitchers for both teams didn’t render many opportunities to score in the early stages of the game. Jake Repavich (1-1) had a one hitter going for the Crushers through six innings, and allowed just two Beach Bums to reach during that stretch.
Traverse City’s Tyler Thornton (0-1) didn’t give the Crushers many chances either, as he limited Lake Erie to just one hit over the first five innings, while the Crushers had just five batters reach base during that stretch.
Lake Erie snapped the scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. Dane Hutcheon reached on a single to start the inning and made his way to third on Joel McKeithan’s double down the line in left. Cody Lenehan followed with a two run double off the wall in right to give the Crushers a 2-0 lead.
Traverse City responded in the top of the seventh. Will Kengor reached on a one out error and advanced to third on Steve Lohr’s single. Alexi Rivera then drove Kengor home and Lohr to third on a RBI double to right. Lohr was thrown at home plate moments later trying to score on a wild pitch before Kent Hasler struck out Kendall Patrick to end the inning.
Repavich scored the victory for the Crushers after allowing an unearned run on three hits while striking out eight batters over 6.1 innings of work. Hasler, Seth Lucio and Logan Lombana (8) took the Crushers to the finish line, combining to toss 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Lombana scored the save with a scoreless ninth inning. Thornton took the hard luck loss after allowing just a run on two hits over five innings of action.
McKeithan led the way for the Lake Erie offense with three hits on the night, going 3-for-4 with a double and two singles. Terry McClure reached a bunt base hit in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to six games, while Aaron Hill saw a 22 game on base streak come to an end.
The Crushers will finish their three game series with the Traverse City Beach Bums at Sprenger Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:05 PM.