Lake Erie powers to 4-3 win and creep to within .500
Lake Erie was powered to a 4-3 victory Sunday over Schaumburg to take the weekend series and improve to a game below .500 for the season at 16-17.
Max Casper got the Crushers on the board in the third on a sacrifice fly that scored Guantlett Eldemire who led off the inning with a triple. Emmanuel Quilles struck for Lake Erie in the fourth to score Daniel Bowman to take an early 2-0 lead.
Schaumburg would answer quickly, though, in the bottom of the forth for two runs of its own off of starter Dave Middendorf. But after the fourth, the Crushers got the help of the long ball to take the lead.
Andrew Davis popped off his second home run of the weekend and sixth of the season to leadoff the sixth inning to put the Crushers back in the lead. Again, Schaumburg would answer in the bottom half of the inning, but the tying run was unearned on an error by Davis.
The Crushers' hero of the game, Kevin Berard, wasn't a surprise to the team, but the manner in which he did it was. Berard, who once said after his first home run early in the season that it might be his only home run all year, ended up getting the winning run on a home run in the seventh inning.
Middendorf's last inning would be the seventh, putting him in line for the win. Mickey Jannis came in for relief, putting his 9.1 innings pitched with no earned runs on the line.
Jannis came through just like he had all season long and in an inning of relief gave up 0 runs on one hit.
Dale Dickerson came on to work the ninth inning with a 4-3 lead looking for his fifth save of the year. Dickerson slammed the door hard with a quick three up and three down ninth for the Crushers' victory.
Lake Erie is now 6-4 over its last 10 games and have won its last two series.
The Crushers will return home Tuesday to take on the struggling Frontier Greys (13-19) for a three game home stand.