Crushers rally with three in ninth to stun Greys, 4-3
By Matt Lofgren
September 2, 2013
Lake Erie (54-39) scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to come back and defeat the Frontier Greys 4-3 Sunday night in Avon.
In a game the team needed to win to keep pace with Traverse City (54-39) for first place in the East, the Crushers' bats came alive in the ninth to take down the Greys.
Hitting into some luck, second baseman Max Casper led off the ninth inning by reaching base safely on an error by the Greys' third baseman, one of two crucial errors by the Greys in the inning. Lake Erie would follow Casper up with a pair of hits by Anderson Hidalgo and Juan Sanchez to load the bases up.
The win would come into doubt as Kevin Berard and Vincent Mejia would both get out with only one run scoring in the process. Down 3-2 with two outs in the ninth, the Crushers' luck struck again on a Craig Hertler dribbler to second that the second baseman couldn't field and scored Sanchez to tie the game.
After an intentional walk to Seth Granger, Daniel Bowman stepped into the box with the game on the line and and the winning run standing on second base. Bowman played the role of hero for the Crushers as his late single scored Hertler for the big win.
Although the Greys' Ryan Woolley was credited with the loss, all three runs in the ninth were unearned.
All that is left now is the final showdown between Traverse City and the Crushers for the East division crown.
Starting the crucial three game series on Tuesday at home, the Crushers will need to not only win the series, but any number of losses could be dangerous as Florence stays hot on their tales at 52-41.
Game one will be Tuesday at 7:05 at All Pro Freight.