WASHINGTON, PENN. — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, opened the second half of the season with an 8-2 win over the Washington Wild Things on Friday night. The Crushers tied their season-high with 15 hits in the victory.
Neither team scored in the first three innings but the Crushers broke through in the fourth against Washington starter Michael Austin (0-2). With two outs, Austin issued a two-out walk to Dustin Williams. Bryan DeLaRosa followed with a single before Dalton Wheat ripped a single, scoring Williams. Dane Hutcheon followed with a two-run triple and the Crushers led 3-0 after four innings.
Austin went just four innings and allowed three runs on seven hits in the loss.
Lake Erie opened it up in the fifth inning against reliever BJ Sabol. Kewby Meyer and Joel McKeithan led off with doubles. Back-to-back singles by Cody Lenahan and Doug Trimble made it 5-0. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, DeLaRosa delivered a bases clearing double, extending the lead to 8-0. The Crushers sent nine men to the plate in the inning.
Washington scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth when James Harris hit a two-run home run against Sean Renzi (6-3) who earned the win. The right-hander went six innings while allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out four.
Luke Watts and Louis Cohen pitched three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to secure the win. Lake Erie improves to 27-24 while Washington falls to 30-22 with the loss. The Crushers now sit 2.5 games back of first place.
Hutcheon finished 4-5 with two RBIs and DeLaRosa went 2-4 with three RBIs. Eight different players recorded at least one hit for Lake Erie.
Game two of the series is tomorrow at 7:05 PM. Alex Romero (4-4, 4.03 ERA) goes for the Crushers while Thomas Dorminy (7-2, 1.95 ERA) pitches for Washington.