The weather was supreme as the crowd heads in through the opening gates to All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, grab a dollar hot dog, find their seats and do their best to not be blinded by the setting sun as the umpire shouts “Play ball” and the Lake Erie Crushers take to the field.
Students and staff of Lorain County Community College were able to enjoy the matchup with free tickets to the Sept. 3, game, courtesy of LCCC’s Student Life.
Despite a loss of 9-1, the fans didn’t give up on the team and showed enthusiasm even with the high chance of being hit by foul ball.
The Crushers, whose current record is 52- 42, and the Southern Illinois Miners with a record of 59-36 played in their second game of the three game series, after a loss of 10-2 to the Miners, during the previous night.
The Crushers were only allowed three hits, with the scoring hit coming in the bottom of the first inning, due to infielder Adam Ford hitting a single towards the infield allowing catcher Emmanuel Quiles to score.
However, the Miners were strong leaders since the beginning with a strong first inning and continuing to score throughout the top of the third, fifth and the ninth inning.
The loss doesn’t halt their chance of losing a spot in the Playoffs, and the team will continue to play this weekend on the road.
Before the game, the Crushers honored infielder Andrew Davis, who is the last Lake Erie player from its 2009 championship season. He was given a framed jersey with a foam No. 1 finger, and a collection of Andrew Davis trading cards along with it.
In the Crushers’ 2009 championship season, Davis hit a grand slam in Game 4 of the championship series to force Game 5, which Lake Erie won. He has also been awarded with several MVP awards while playing for the Crushers.
The Crushers will continue to play the Miners on September 4, at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.