B Page -- Aug. 18, 2010


Lacrosse now in the CUP

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The Continental Cup was the first ever created event of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and has come a long way since the first tournament in 2006. The vision for the Sports Festival remains to create a large, vibrant, annual civic event that celebrates internationalism, youth diversity and sportsmanship. Added to that are opportunities for cultural exchange, a spectacular Opening Ceremony and Parade of Athletes, Club Hard Rock Cafe Dance Party, Feature Games and a multitude of city attractions and entertainment. The Continental Cup was also recently recognized by the National Association of Sports Commissions as the nation’s 2010 Outstanding Locally Created Event.

 

For more information or to register for the 2011 Continental Cup, please visit www.continental-cup.com.


TONIGHT'S CRUSHERS – NORMAL CORNBELTERS PREP NOTES

 

Aug. 18 --10 a.m.

Written and Researched for S/A-Cleveland by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault

 

TONIGHT’S FIRST UPS-The 2009 Frontier League Champion Lake Erie Crushers fell for the fifth time in the last seven games Tuesday night at All Pro Freight Stadium losing to the Normal Cornbelters 3-2.The Men of Crush played from behind the entire evening falling behind 3-0 in the fourth inning.But they battled back with a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Raphael Turner then really made the game interesting as Andrew Davis hit his team leading tenth homer of the season over the wall in right.But they would get no further as the visitors from Central Illinois closed the door not allowing a hit over the final three innings to pick up the victory

 

The Red,Black,and White look to rebound tonight in the middle game of this three-game series as right-hander Matt Smith looks for his eighth win of the season.He will he opposed by fellow rightie Dan Blewett who defeated the Crushers last week when the two teams met in Central Illinois

 

   HOMESTAND

Games……….1

Record………..0-1

Avg…….100(3x30)

Runs (PG)…..2 (2.00)

HR……………..1

Errors………….1

ERA…………..3.00

Starters W-L….0-1

Starters ERA…3.375

Relievers …….0-0

Relievers ERA…-0-

PROBABLE STARTERS

VS NORMAL

Wednesday RHP Matt Smith vs RHP Dan Blewett

Thursday RHP Alberto Rolon vs LHP Andrew Guarassi

All games on www.lakeeriecrushers.com

Sunday home games on WEOL-AM 930

THE SKED AHEAD

Wed-Thur…vs NOR

Fri-Sun……vs SIL

Aug 24-26…@ WAS

Aug 27-29…@ KAL

Aug 31-Sep 2 vsWAS

Sep 3-5……vs KAL

END OF SEASON

 

 

 

CRUSHERS-NORMAL LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the fifth of six meetings this season between the two clubs…The Cornbelters first ever visit to All Pro Freight Stadium…The Frontier League’s newest team took two of three when the teams met last season at the home of State Farm Insurance and Illinois State University  (4-5 in 13 innings,7-0,2-1)

 

LAST NIGHT-The Crushers lost for fifth time in the last seven games as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Cornbelters before 3,639 fans at All Pro Freight Stadium.The key hits in this low scoring affair came in the top of the third when Normal took a 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI double by C BEN PETRALLI and an RBI single by 3B DANIEL COX.The visitors then added what proved to be the game winning run in the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single by DH MIKE DUFEK.The Crushers got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when LF RAPHAEL TURNER brought RF ARDEN MCWILLIAMS home with a single then in the bottom of the sixth 3B ANDREW DAVIS hit his team leading tenth homer of the season over the wall in right.But the home team would got get any closer as they managed just rwo baserunners the reaminder of the game.RHP BRETT LESTER pitched six innings allowing the two runs on just three hits to pick up his seventh win of the season (7-7) and his second against the Crushers in less than a week while RHP JOSH ROBERTS went five innings allowing three runs but was tagged with the loss (7-5) his fifth in his last seven decisions

 

CRUSHERS STARTING PITCHER

RHP MATT SMITH (7-6 4.19 ERA)…Matt will be making his 14th start and 16th appearance of the season

HIS LAST START came Friday night at Southern Illinois (6IP-4H-3R-3ER-1BB-3SO) He left the game with the score tied 3-3 before the Miners got three runs combined in the seventh and eighth innings to take a 6-3 decision (Jeff Cinadr taking the loss)

Matt Smith

Tonight's starting pitcher

AGAINST NORMAL This is Matt’s first start and appearance against the Cornbelters this season AT ALL PRO FREIGHT STADIUM Matt is 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA (53.2IP-42H-22R-22ER-28BB-27SO)

MATT was moved to the bullpen after his start against Oakland County on May 26 (3IP-3H-3R-3ER-4BB-1SO)

MATT SMITH IS a native of Wichita,Kansas…a 22nd round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the June,2008 draft…played last season with the Inland Empire 66s (California League-A) where he was 0-1 with a 2.86 ERA in six appearances (one start)

SMITH 2010 MONTH-BY-MONTH

 

Record

ERA

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

MAY

 1-1

7.50

6

8

 5

5

6

5

JUNE

 4-1

1.44

31.1

20

 6

5

13

14

JULY

 2-2 1sv

5.40

33.1

36

20

20

15

31

AUGUST

 0-1

7.87

8

11

7

7

2

4

                                       

2010 CRUSHERS INNINGS PITCHED BY STARTER (RECORD)

Pitcher

0.0-4.2

5.0-5.2

6.0-6.2

7.0-7.2

8.0-8.2

9.0

TUCKER

1 (1-0)

 

 

 

 

 

RISSER

3 (2-1)

5 (3-2)

5 (3-2)

2 (2-0)

 

 

ROBERTS

 

9 (1-7)

2 (1-1)

5 (3-2)

2 (2-0)

1 (1-0)

RUMMEL

3 (1-2)

2 (0-2)

6 (3-3)

1 (0-1)

 

 

M.SMITH

5 (0-5)

4 (2-2)

3 (1-2)

3 (3-0)

1 (1-0)

 

RAYMOND

1 (0-1)

2 (1-1)

 

 

 

 

JIMENEZ

4 (1-3)

1 (1-0)

4 (2-2)

 

 

 

ROLON

1 (0-1)

2 (1-1)

2 (1-1)

1 (0-1)

 

 

DURKET

1 (0-1)

 

 

 

 

 

                                

CRUSHERS STARTERS IN 2010

PITCHER

LAST START

DEC

ST-QUA

RUN SUP (AVG)

TUCKER

5-22 vs TC (2.2-2-1-1-2-1)

 

1

8 (8.0)

RISSER

8-15 at SIL (5-4-3-3-2-0)

L

15-6

65 (4.33)

ROBERTS

8-17 vs NOR (5-6-3-3-1-1)

L

17-10

68 (4.00)

RUMMEL

7-25 at WC (6-10-7-5-3-5)

L

12-3

45 (3.75)

M.SMITH

8-13 at SIL  (6-4-3-3-1-3)

ND

15-6

72 (4.80)

RAYMOND

6-6   at GAT (0.2-4-8-8-4-1)

L

3

6 (2.00)

JIMENEZ

8-6   vs OC (4.2-6-4-3-2-4)

ND

9-3

37 (4.11)

ROLON

8-14  at SIL (6-2-3-3-4-6)

ND

6-3

18 (3.00)

DURKET

7-30 at WAS (2.2-7-6-6-1-3)

L

1-0

2 (2.00)




Mount Volleyball

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Mount Union posted a 23-6 record a year ago and advanced to the semifinals of the OAC Tournament for a sixth consecutive season.  The Raiders also made their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, via an at-large bid, and scored a first round win over Lebanon Valley (Pa.) before falling to eventual national runner-up Juniata (Pa.) in the second round.


"We know we have a lot of work to do and every match will be a battle in this conference," commented fifth year head coach Leigh Ann Matesich.  "We need players to step up to face the challenge of an extremely competitive schedule."


The Raiders return three starters, but must replace a pair of All-Americans in Melissa Mahnke and Sarah Parker, and are scheduled to face six teams ranked AVCA National Preseason Top-25 including defending national champion, Washington-St. Louis.


OAC Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Heidelberg (7) - 79
2. Ohio Northern (3) - 74
3. Otterbein - 59
4. Mount Union - 57
5. Capital - 40
6. Marietta - 39
7. John Carroll - 38
8. Muskingum - 36
9. Baldwin-Wallace - 19
10. Wilmington - 9

* First place votes in parenthesis  







CRUSHERS HOLD OFF NORMAL


Aug. 18, 2010 - 11 p.m.

By Harry Plumer


AVON - The Lake Erie Crushers held off the Normal CornBelters, scoring a 4-3 win in the middle game of a three-game series at All Pro Freight Stadium this evening.  



Lake Erie took advantage of a defensive miscue by the CornBelters in the bottom of the first inning to open a 2-0 lead. Dom Dugganled off the night with a single and proceeded to steal second. Jodam Rivera sent a bouncer back to the mound and Normal starter Dan Blewett threw the ball away attempting to throw out Duggan at third, enabling Duggan to score the game's first run. Rivera, who moved to third on the error, crossed the plate on an RBI groundout by Andrew Davis. 



Normal punched into the lead in the fourth inning, stringing together four singles. Chad Rebecca posted the third single of the inning, plating Ross McCoy. The run was the lone run Lake Erie starter Matt Smith would allow on the night. Smith threw six innings and scattered seven hits, walking one and striking out six.



The Crushers stretched the lead to 4-1 with a pair of seventh inning tallies. Matt Sutton led off with a single up the middle and Arden McWilliams walked with one out following an 11-pitch at bat. Wayne Bond singled through the left side to knock home Sutton and Julio Rivera lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score the other run.



Phil Rummel entered in the ninth inning attempting to close out the win but Normal loaded the bases. Chad Rebecca doubled with one out while Jeff Cowan was hit by a pitch and Ben Petralli walked. Daniel Cox was hit by a pitch to force in a run and Ross McCoy recorded a single to bring Normal within 4-3. Jeff Cinadr was summoned from the bullpen and required just one pitch to post his fourth save as Johnathan Ross flew out to leave the bases loaded. The ninth marked the third time in the game that Normal left the bases loaded. 



Dom Duggan finished 3-for-4 in the game with a run scored and three stolen bases to up his single season record mark to 36. Wayne Bond posted two hits along with a stolen base and also drove in a run.



The series concludes on Thursday with the final meeting of the season between the Crushers and CornBelters. RHP Alberto Rolon (2-3, 2.97) takes to the mound for Lake Erie opposite RHP Ryan Shelton (5-5, 2.76) on a Thirsty Thursday. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.



EXTRA SWINGS

Ø       Ronnie Morales tossed two scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth, striking out three

Ø       Casey McGrew was at the plate pinch hitting for Matt Sutton in the ninth inning when Dom Duggan was caught stealing

Ø       Dom Duggan's three stolen bases matched a single game Crusher season high; He stole three against Florence on July 1


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