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Tiebreaker rule dooms Crushers in 12-inning loss to Wild Things

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    Crushers first baseman John Cable flips to the pitcher for an out during a 2-1 loss to the Washington Wild Things on Thursday.

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    Crushers starting pitcher Alex Romero delivers during their against the Washington Wild Things on Thursday.

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    In this triple-exposure, Crushers starting pitcher Alex Romero delivers during their game Thursday against the Washington Wild Things.

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    Crushers outfielder Steven Kraft wipes the sweat from his brown between pitches during the game Thursday against the Washington Wild Things.

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AVON — On a day celebrating America, Lake Erie and Washington went international to settle their score.

After trading runs in the 11th, the Wild Things broke through in the 12th with Chase Sudduth’s fielder’s choice that scored Brett Marr in a 2-1 victory at Sprenger Stadium on Thursday evening.

The team’s utilized the international tiebreaker rule — where the last out from the previous inning starts on second base — starting in the 11th inning. All three runs scored were aided by the international tiebreaker rule. The teams combined to strand 25 runners, 15 by the Crushers.

The loss drops Lake Erie back to .500 at 22-22, tied with Schaumburg (24-24) for first in the East Division.

Washington improves to 20-28, four games behind the Crushers.

The Crushers had a golden opportunity to walk off in the ninth. Jake Vieth led off with a pinch-hit single and Karl Ellison bunted him over to second. Ashton Bardzell sent a liner into right and Vieth had the green light to score, but Hector Roa cannoned the ball into catcher Cody Erickson, who jumped to snag the throw and got the tag down before Vieth could slide in.

“Yeah the throw beat me,” Vieth said. “It was close, really close, but he made the right call.”

Bardzell advanced to second on the throw, but Aaron Hill struck out to end the inning.

Vieth finished the game 2-for-2, getting his second hit in the 11th when he tied the game with a liner into right that scored Steven Kraft.

“Coming in as a pinch hitter, I’m going in there to swing,” Vieth said. “I was just trying to find a pitch and hit it hard somewhere.”

Both starters turned in strong outings with Alex Romero giving the Crushers six innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits, four walks with four strikeouts. Washington’s Nick Wegmann turned in eight shutout innings — giving up seven hits, two walks and striking out six.

Lake Erie also got a strong effort out of its bullpen. Jack Maynard relieved Romero in the seventh. After giving up a double, he ended the inning with back-to-back strikeouts then came back in the eighth and retired the side in order, punching out two more.

Maynard got the first out of the ninth — his fifth strikeout — after giving up a hit. Dalton Geekie took over and induced back-to-back groundouts. Augie Gallardo worked the tenth and retired the side in order with two strikeouts. Gallardo’s wild pitch in the 11th led to the Wild Things’ first run.

“Our pitching kept us in a spot to win the baseball game,” Lake Erie manager Cam Roth said. “That’s been the story all year and we hope it continues. We just have to be better offensively, taking advantage of opportunities that we are letting go by us too often.”

Contact Chris Sweeney at (440) 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com. Follow him @CSweeneyCT on Twitter.

Washington 2, Lake Erie 1 (12)

Washington Lake Erie

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Saige Jenco 5 0 1 0 Aaron Hill 4 0 1 0

Cameron Baranek 5 1 0 0 James Davison 5 0 1 0

Cody Erickson 5 0 1 0 Emmanuel Marrero 5 0 0 0

Hector Roa 5 0 2 0 Zach Racusin 6 0 4 0

J.J. Fernandez 4 0 1 0 Steven Kraft 6 1 1 0

Mikael Mogues 4 0 1 0 Brody Wofford 4 0 0 0

Brett Marr 5 1 0 0 Sebastian Diaz 3 0 0 0

Ryan Cox 4 0 1 0 Jake Vieth 2 0 2 1

Chase Sudduth 4 0 0 1 Karl Ellison 3 0 0 0

Ashton Bardzell 5 0 3 0

Totals 41 2 7 1 Totals 43 1 12 1

Washington 000 000 000 011 — 2 7 0

Lake Erie 000 000 000 010 — 1 12 0

2B — Roa, Cox, Kraft, Racusin. SB — Hill. LOB — Washington 10, Lake Erie 15.

IP R ER H BB SO

Washington

Nick Wegmann 8 0 0 7 2 6

Zack Strecker (W, 1-2) 3 1 0 5 0 5

James Meeker (S, 1) 1 0 0 0 1 0

Lake Erie

Alex Romero 6 0 0 4 4 4

Jack Maynard 2 1/3 0 0 2 0 5

Dalton Geekie 2/3 0 0 0 0 0

Augie Gallardo 2 1 0 1 1 3

Logan Lombana (L, 0-2) 0 1 0 0 0 0

WP — Gallardo. HBP — Hill (by Meeker). A — 4,512.

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