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Crushers swept by Boomers, fall in Frontier League Championship Series

September 17, 2013
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AVON, Ohio. -- The Schaumburg Boomers plated a trio of late runs at All Pro Freight Stadium on Tuesday night to claim the 2013 Frontier League Championship, in a 3-1 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers.

The loss for the Crushers ended an incredible 2013 season. Lake Erie was as many as six games below .500, but claimed their first divisional championship and won a franchise record, 11 consecutive games during their push to the post season in August.

The victory for the Boomers gives them their first ever Frontier League Championship, ending a 6-0 run in the post season.

The two sides traded a pair of scoreless frames, before the Crushers used some two-out thunder to score their only run of the contest. The Crushers registered four consecutive hits to start the inning, but had two runners thrown out at third. Craig Hertler was on second with two outs, when Seth Granger belted a base hit to plate Hertler, giving Lake Erie a 1-0 lead.

Matt Rein delivered a terrific start for the Crushers, which included four no-hit innings to start, before finally allowing a leadoff single to Frank Pfister in the top of the fifth.  The single was spoiled after he surrendered the next three batters.

Schaumburg tied the game in the top of the sixth inning, on a two out rally of their own.  Sean Mahley reached on an infield single with two away, and Steve McQuail was hit by a pitch, setting up Brian McConkey’s two-out RBI single to tie the game.

It didn’t take long for the Boomers to answer, as they plated a pair of big runs on just two hits in the seventh inning.  Justin Vazquez started the inning with a double, and Mike Valadez followed with a walk.  Alexi Colon reached on a single to load the bases, and Jordan Dean reached on a fielder’s choice to plate the go-ahead run.  Gerard Hall then hit a fly ball to left, which was dropped by Granger, allowing the final run of the game to score.

Lake Erie put a bit of a threat together in the bottom of the ninth.  Anderson Hidalgo and Andrew Davis started the inning on back-to-back base hits, but Russ Moldenhauer bounced into a 6-4-3 double play, before Juan Sanchez grounded out to first, ending the contest.

Tony Delmonico (1-0) scored the victory after tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief with a free pass and a strikeout, while Dexter Price (3) scored the save after tossing a scoreless ninth.  Jordan Wellander (0-1) took the loss after allowing a pair of runs on two hits over three innings of relief.

The Crushers came away with 10 hits on the night, as eight out of the starting nine hit safely at least once.  Hertler and Granger led the way at the top of the order with two hits each.

The Crushers will begin the 2014 season in May.

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