A Page -- June 27, 2010

Crushers will try to snap two-game 

losing streak this afternoon

June 27, 2010

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

 AVON -- The Crushers host the Oakland County Cruisers at The Freight this afternoon at 5.

TONIGHT’S FIRST UPS-The 2009 Frontier League Champion Lake Erie Crushers fell to the Oakland County Cruisers 3-1 Saturday night at All Pro Freight Stadium in a game that featured very few chances to score.The visitors from suburban Detroit made the most of theirs and the Men of Crush did not.As a result the Crushers seven game winning streak at the intersection of Interstate 90 and Ohio Route 611 is history and they have lost consecutive games for the first time since June 9-10 in River City.

The first four games between the two clubs have been decided by a total of five runs.The Red,Black, and White look to rebound and end this two-game losing streak as they send LHP Esmelvin Jimenez to the mound.The Cruisers will counter with RHP Andres Esquibel.

Esmelvin Jimenez


CRUSHERS-OAKLAND COUNTY LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the fifth of 12 regular season meetings between the two teams (the Cruisers took two of three when they met on May 25-27)…They will meet again on August 6-8 at the Intersection of Interstate 90 and Ohio Route 611 and will have one meeting in suburban Detroit that coming on July 22-24…LAST SEASON as the Midwest Sliders,the Crushers won the season series 10-4 (going 7-2 in Avon)

LAST NIGHT-The Cruisers took advantage of wildness from starter Matt Smith as CF ZACHARY PACE led off with a walk,stole second and came home on an RBI double by DH JEREMY JONES. In theory that would be all the Easters Division leaders would need.But they added some insurance in the second after 3B KYLE MANNUS doubled and was sacrificed to third by SS LUIS FERNANDEZ then 2B ERIC SHAY took a 1-1 pitch from Smith over the left field wall for his first homer of the season.The rest was left to RHP WAYDE KITCHENS who allowed just one hit in 5.2 innings that coming from the bat of LF WAYNE BONS who started the third inning with a single.RF ARDEN MCWILLIAMS walked,CF DOM DUGGAN was hit by a pitch to load the bases.SS JODEM RIVERA brought Bond home with a sacrifice fly to center.It was the home team’s only real threat of the evening and the only hit surrendered by three Oakland County pitchers with KITCHENS getting his second win of the season.SMITH tagged with the loss ending his personal four game winning streak


June 27

By Harry Plumer

AVON--Tonight's game between the Lake Erie Crushers and Oakland County Cruisers has been suspended due to inclement weather.

The game was suspended during the top of the seventh inning after the second rain delay of the evening. The Cruisers were leading 5-2 with the bases loaded, Alberto Rolon on the mound for the Crushers and Kyle Maunus at the plate for Oakland County with a 1-1 count and one out.

The game will be resumed at 5:05 tomorrow, June 28. Monday's regularly scheduled game will be seven innings in duration and begin 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.




By Mike Preston

SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010 - STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - The United States and Austria made American Football history at the Zinkensdamms IP Stadium in Stockholm when they kicked off the first-ever IFAF Women's World Championship at 1pm local time on Sunday, June 27.

Among those playing for our country are Ohio State alumna Dawn Pederson and Bowling Green alumna Amy Satterfield, 

OSU's Pederson


The Americans cruised to a 63-0 victory as Boston Militia running back Mia Brickhouse rushed for two touchdowns and the US defense stifled the Austrian attack, which showed glimmers of promise through team MVP running back Marie-Theres Michelitsch, who rished for 71 yards.

Game stats available at www.IFAF.org within game story on 'Other' tab.


"I'm pleased with the win of course," said Team USA head coach John Konecki.  "We tried to stay balanced with our running and passing game and took what the defense gave us.  We came out slowly, but soon found our rhythm."

USA's Adrienne Smith powers Team USA to victory with the first-ever IFAF Women's World Championship touchdown. Photo credit: Robert Ronnkvist


New York Sharks wide receiver Adrienne Smith scored the first historic points in IFAF Women's World Championship history with a 52-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Jennifer Schmidt of the Kansas City Tribe.


Team USA MVP Rusty Sowers then reeled in a five-yard touchdown pass as to establish an early 13-point lead, but Saskia Stribrny of the Raiffeisen Lady Vikings blocked the extra point attempt.


The US thought an interception return by Sharon Vasquez of the Pittsburgh Passion had doubled the lead but an inadvertent whistle brought the return that had gone all the way to the end zone back to the line of scrimmage.  Angela Bandstra of the Tennessee Valley Tigers produced a crucial pass break as Austria threatened to move downfield.


The US wasted no time in putting further points on the board as Melissa Gallegos of the Southern California Scorpions found a wide-open Jennifer Blum of the NY Sharks in the end zone from14-yards out for a 19-point advantage after a two-point conversion attempt failed.


The powerful Jessica Springer of the Dallas Diamonds gained 24 dominant yards up the middle as the US opened the second quarter by going to a hurry up offense that put Austria even more on the back foot.  That opened up the field for Danilynn Welniak of the Tigers to reel in a 14-yard touchdown catch and a decisive 27-0 lead after Adrienne Wilson of the Boston Militia caught a two-point conversion pass with 10:27 remaining in the half.


After another bustling Springer carry took the US to within a yard of the end zone, setting up Brickhouse to break the plain and add the two-point conversion for a 35-0 lead.  Knengi Martin of the California Quake then passed from 24 yards out to USA MVP Rusty Sowers with one second remaining on the first half clock for a 42-0 interval lead.


Brickhouse ran off the blocking of Springer for her second touchdown from two yards out to score early in the third quarter, before the Austrians mustered an offensive threat in reply. Michelitsch took a neatly executed misdirection run to earn a rare first down, but again the USA defense held firm.


Springer, who led the US with 12 carries for 120 yards, earned deserved reward for her afternoon of moving the chains for the US with a determined charge down the left sideline for a 45-yard touchdown and a 56-point advantage.


Quarterback Sami Grisafe of the Chicago Force got in on the action when she kept the ball on a bootleg as the entire Austria defense bit on the play and surged left, while she ran to the right and jogged three yards untouched to the end zone for a for 63-0 final score.


Host Sweden takes on Canada at 6pm local time / 12pm EST today at the Zinkensdamms IP Stadium in Stockholm.  Team USA resumes play on Thursday at 6pm / 12pm EST on Thursday, July 1 against Finland, while Austria also faces Finland at 1pm / 7am EST on Tuesday, June 29.


Games can be watched on a live webcast accessible through www.2010WWC.info.