SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The Lake Erie Crushers have been good at comebacks this season.
They might need a miracle this time.
The Crushers lost to the Schaumburg Boomers 7-5 Sunday to fall into an 0-2 hole in the Frontier League Championship Series, just a loss away from having their season ended.
Ironically, the Crushers battled back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the score at 5 before the Boomers’ Justin Vasquez knocked the first pitch from reliever Mickey Jannis into center field for a two-run single that accounted for the final score.
The Boomers erased a 1-0 Crushers lead with a five-run second, thanks in large part to a pair of Crushers errors.
A bases-loaded groundout scored one run, then Jordan Dean reached on an error that allowed the second run to score.
Gerard Hall then ripped a two-run triple to right and Sean Mahley made it 5-1 with an RBI single.
The Crushers added a run in the fourth then used three unearned runs of their own in the fifth to tie the game at 5. A two-out, two-run single from Andrew Davis was the big blow.
All of the Boomers’ wins in the postseason have come on runs in the seventh inning or later.
Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Daniel Bowman was 2-for-4 with a triple. Alex Kaminsky started for the Crushers, giving up seven hits and five runs (just one earned) over five innings.
Jannis got the loss, working three innings and allowing two hits and two runs.
WHO: Lake Erie vs. Schaumburg
WHAT: Game 3, Frontier League Championship Series (Boomers lead 2-0)
WHEN: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.
WHERE: All Pro Freight Stadium, Avon
PITCHERS: Matt Rein (8-6, 2.37 ERA) vs. Seth Webster (6-1, 2.40)
RADIO: WEOL 930-AM