A Page -- June 8, 2012


State Champion Colton Buffington of Westlake heads list of locals in All-State tennis; Walsh, Iggy, Gilmour, Hawken, Orange, US also represented


Westlake’s Colton Buffington, the Division I state singles champion, heads up the contingent of Greater Cleveland Student/Athletes who made the all-state tennis team.


Buffington, a senior, was joined on the D-I first team by Walsh Jesuit’s Aaron Sandberg. Cloverleaf’s Jacob Dunbar and St. Ignatius’ Nathan Griffin made the second team.


Orange’s Maksim Kan, Hawken’s Siddarth Ahuja and Gilmour’s Mike Rile and Weston Noall made first team for Division II.


US’s Daniel Huang and Lukas Zalesky made second team in D-II.




Crushers face Gateway Grizzlies this weekend

Written and Researched by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault


FIRST ‘UPS’-Thursday night on the banks of the Ohio River,the Lake Erie Crushers had a golden opportunity to pick up their first three-game sweep of the 2012 season. However the home standing Evansville Otters had other ideas as they scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and thwarted the Men of Crush’s dream of that sweep with a 5-1 victory


The Red,Black,and White return to All Pro Freight Stadium tonight to open a six-game homestand which begins with three against the Gateway Grizzles as LHP PAUL FAGAN (1-2)  looks for his second win of the season while the visitors from suburban St.Louis counters with RHP ALEX KAMINSKY (3-0) a former pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization looking for his fourth win of this young season







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CRUSHERS-GRIZZLIES LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the first of six-regular season meetings between the two clubs…This is Gateway’s only trip to Avon in 2012...The two teams will meet again on August 7-9 at GCS Ballpark ion Sauget…LAST SEASON were a perfect 5-0 against the Grizzlies (sweeping a three-game series at All Pro Jun 29-July 1…The last win by the Grizzlies was on June 12,2010 (6-3)…IN THE ALL-TIME SERIES Lake Erie leads 11-7


LAST NIGHT-The Crushers came back from a 1-0 deficit to tie the score in the top of the third thanks to an infield single by 1B KYLE WELDON,was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by 2B GERED MOCHIZUKI and then came home on an RBI single by RF ROBBY KUZDALE who extended his hitting streak to four games.The score remained that way until the home team busted the game open in the bottom of the eighth when four runs came across the plate the big bit being a two-run double by 1B ANDY KUHN off reliever RHP CHANCE GILMORE (0-2) who suffered the loss.RHP TREVOR LONGFELLOW in his second start of the season pitched 5.2 innings allowing just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts



SAT RHP Edwain Gonzalez-Diaz vs RHP Pat Arnold

SUN RHP Josh Rickards vs RHP Cale Johnson

All games on www.lakeeriecrushers.com with selected Sunday games on WEOL-AM






WHERE THE CRUSHERS ARE IN 2012:Lake Erie is 7-11 tied for sixth place in the Eastern Division with Evansville…they are 1-8 at All Pro Freight Stadium…are 5-10 so far this season against the Western Division (1-8 at home)…The series with Gateway will be the last against the West until June 27-29 when the River City Rascals come to All Pro


THE ROAD WARRIORS-So far in 2012 the Crushers have won all three of their road series after taking two of three from Evansville this week…In fact they have won their last six road series dating back to last season their last series road loss was August 12-14,2011 at Evansville


ONE IS THE LONLIEST NUMBER-Wednesday’s win over Evansville marked the Crushers second 1-0 game this season (the other coming May 23rd at Normal – Paul Fagan getting the victory) and the 11th in franchise history (7-4)


WINNING THE ‘WHITE KNUCKERS’-The win Wednesday night improved the Crushers mark to 3-2 so far this season in one-run games…Last season the Men of Crush were 14-16 in games decided by a single run


THE BIG INNING-Tuesday night in the series opener at Evansville the Crushers scored four runs in the top of the first inning then held on to beat the Otters 4-1. It was the most runs scored by the Crushers in the first inning since they scored seven at Gateway on July 6,2011


FINDING ANOTHER STARTER-RHP JOSH RICKARDS got his first start as a Crusher on Wednesday night in Evansville and threw six innings of shutout ball allowing just two hits with two walks and four strikeouts en route to his first win. In his four relief outings Rickards allowed seven runs in 7.2 IP (8.22 ERA)….Rickards is 25 years old…native of Briarcliffe,Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia)…Played college baseball at Marist College (Red Foxes-MAAC) where he was all-MAAC pitcher as a junior…After not being drafted,he pitched in the German Bundesliga in 2010 with the Solingen Alligators where he was 9-2 with a 1.21 ERA in 13 starts and was named the best pitcher in the Northern Division…In 2011 he went to Italy pitching for A.S.D. Reggio before returning to the states this season and the  Crushers…In the off-season he is an instructor at the All-Star Baseball Academy in Broomall,Pennsylvania


HE LOVES SEEING THE CRUSHERS-Windy City RHP DUSTIN WILLIAMS picked up his seventh straight win against the Crushers last Sunday afternoon in the 7-4 Thunderbolt victory.In addition he is 7-1 against Lake Erie dating back to July 16,2010 (last loss 12-1)


IS IT SOMETHING ABOUT AVON?-When the defending Frontier League champion Joliet Slammers swept the three game series from the Crushers they improved their record to 9-1 lifetime at All Pro Freight Stadium (8-1 in regular season 1-0 in postseason)





LHP PAUL FAGAN (1-2 2.88 ERA)…Paul will be fifth his third start of 2012…His 49th lifetime appearance and 47th  lifetime start as a Crusher

HIS LAST START came Sunday afternoon at All Pro losing to Windy City 7-4 (7IP-8H-5R-5ER-2BB-5SO)

AGAINST GATEWAY…Paul was 1-0 last year against the Grizzlies picking up the victory on June 29th at All Pro 2-1 (7IP-1H-0R-0ER-2BB-3SO)

IN 2011...Paul was 7-11 with a 4.30 ERA in 20 starts (127.2IP-117H-71R-61ER-41BB-89SO).The seven wins was second on the club to Josh Roberts’ 10…IN THE POST-SEASON Paul pitched game one of the series in Joliet losing to the Jammers 5-2 (42IP-7H-4R-4ER-1BB-3SO)

AT HOME…Paul is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA (12IP-12H-9R-8ER-5-BB-6SO)

PRIOR TO HIS RETURN TO THE CRUSHERS…Paul pitched for three teams in 2010.After he was traded by the Crushers to the South Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League,he did not make the team and started the campaign with the New Jersey Jackals in the Canadian-American Association where he was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (3ST-16IP-29H-18R-16ER-6BB-6SO). From there he went to the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League where he was 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA (6GP-4ST-26IP-30H-15R-15ER-15BB-13SO) and then finished 2010 with the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League going 3-8 with a 5.38 ERA (17GP-13ST-85.1IP-109H-65R-51ER-13BB-42SO)

IN THE 2009 POST SEASON…Paul was 2-1 with a 4.34 ERA (4APP-3ST-18.2 IP-22H-10R-9ER-6BB-7SO-5HR) the two wins coming against River City in the Championship Series

HOW PAUL CAME BACK TO THE CRUSHERS…Paul signed and made the Windy City Thunderbirds and was supposed to pitch against the Crushers on May 20,2011 (against Travis Risser) at Standard Bank Stadium but that did not happen

WITH THE CRUSHERS IN 2009…Paul came from Sioux City in the American Association and had a brilliant season going 14-3 with a 2.70 ERA (22GP-20ST-140IP-114H-50R-42ER-33BB-83SO)…Paul also went 2-1 in the 2009 Frontier League Playoffs as the Crushers defeated River City in five games to win the FL Championship and for Paul he was named the winner of the 2009 Brian Tollberg Award as the league’s top pitcher

SOME QUICK NOTES ON PAUL…He is 27 years old…native of Jacksonville,Fla…was a fourth round selection of Seattle in the 2003 June draft.,..played in the Mariners system with Everett Silvertips (A-Northwest League) and High Desert Mavericks (A-California League) from 2005-07