B Page -- May 19, 2010

Crushers Baseball

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The Crushers defeated the River City Rascals 3-2 in last season’s Frontier League Championship Series to win the title in their inaugural season. Lake Erie fell behind 2-0 in the best-of-five series before rallying to win the final three games of the series, including the decisive game five on the road at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Mo. 
 
The championship marked just the second time in 15 years that an expansion team has won a Frontier League title. The Canton Crocodiles were the last franchise to accomplish the feat, winning the crown in 1997.
 
Lake Erie returns 10 players from the 2009 championship team, including 2009 Frontier League midseason and postseason all-star Andrew Davis and starting pitcher Cardoza Tucker, who will start opening night after posting a 4-0 record in eight starts with the Crushers last season.
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Walz, who earned the Jim “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award from the NCAA Lacrosse Officials Association in 2008, has served as head coach for the past six seasons. Before being promoted to the helm of the program in 2005, he worked as the assistant coach for two seasons. 

“It has been a pleasure to be a part of this program for the last eight seasons,” Walz said. “We have had our ups-and-downs during that time, but I strongly believe the program is in the best shape it has been over the last 15 years. I greatly appreciate all of the support I have received from the alumni, staff, players and fellow coaches.”

This past season Walz guided the Yeomen to a 5-8 record and mentored three players to All-NCAC honors.

A national search for his successor will begin immediately. 
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