Lake Erie Crushers

The Lake Erie Crushers are a professional baseball team based in Avon, Ohio, a city on the southern shore of Lake Erie. It is a member of the independent Frontier League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

Lake Erie Crushers
Team logo Cap insignia
Information
LeagueFrontier League (East Division)
LocationAvon, Ohio
BallparkSprenger Stadium
Year founded2009
League championships1 (2009)
Division championships2 (2013, 2019)
ColorsPurple, white
         
OwnershipBlue Dog Baseball, LLC
ManagerCameron Roth
MediaElyria Chronicle-Telegram
Websitelakeeriecrushers.com

The Crushers won the Frontier League Championship in their inaugural season. They defeated the River City Rascals three games to two after losing the first two games of the series.

History

Avon Professional Baseball unveiled the name and logo on Thursday, December 4, 2008, of the Frontier League team that will begin play in Avon. The name was chosen from entries submitted in a "Name the Team" contest sponsored by The Morning Journal. The owner of the team, Steven Edelson, said more than 800 team name ideas were submitted.

After years of talk, Frontier League officials decided to put a team in Lorain County. After initially hinting it would be in Lorain, they decided to go with Avon because, rumor was they were not happy with the stadium Lorain was offering them, which is now known as The Pipe Yard.

The "Name the Team" contest was launched in October, and the hundreds of entries were whittled down. Fans then voted on finalist selections, choosing from Ohio, Lorain County, Avon, Cleveland or Lake Erie for the team location name and the Groove, Ironmen, Red Tails, Artichokes, Crushers, Walleyes, and Woollies for the team name.

In their inaugural season in 2009, the Lake Erie Crushers won the Frontier League championship after a 57-38 regular season. They rallied to eliminate the Kalamazoo Kings, three games to two, before rallying from a 2-0 series deficit to defeat the River City Rascals in the Frontier League Championship Series, 3-2, with a 13-10 Game 5 victory on the road on Sept. 23, 2009. [1]

The Crushers also reached the Frontier League postseason in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2019. They reached the Frontier League Championship Series once during that span, being swept by the Schaumburg Boomers, three games to none.

In February 2016, Edelson sold the team to Tom & Jacqueline Kramig of Blue Dog Baseball LLC. The Kramigs are on-site owner/operators who are planning several significant upgrades to the team and the ballpark in conjunction with the City of Avon.

On March 15, 2017, the Lake Erie Crushers unveiled new logos and uniforms that allude to the viticulture of the Great Lakes region. Purple and white replaced the original colors of black and red.[2]

Seasons

Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League)
YearW-LPCTPlacePostseasonManagerFrontier League Champions
200957-38.6002nd in FL EastFrontier League Division Series: Defeated the Kalamazoo Kings 3-2.
Frontier League Championship Series: Defeated the River City Rascals 3-2.
John MassarelliLake Erie Crushers
201050-46.5214th in FL EastNo PostseasonJohn MassarelliRiver City Rascals
201151-45.5372nd in FL EastFrontier League Division Series: Lost to Joliet Slammers 0-3.John MassarelliJoliet Slammers
201253-42.5584th in FL EastNo PostseasonJohn MassarelliSouthern Illinois Miners
201356-40.5831st in FL EastFrontier League Division Series: Defeated the Traverse City Beach Bums 3-1.
Frontier League Championship Series: Lost to the Schaumburg Boomers 0-3.
Jeff IsomSchaumburg Boomers
201452-43.5474th in FL EastFrontier League Wild Card: Lost to the Schaumburg Boomers 1-0.Chris MongiardoSchaumburg Boomers
201538-57.4006th in FL EastNo PostseasonChris MongiardoTraverse City Beach Bums
201648-48.5002nd in FL EastNo PostseasonChris Mongiardo/Cam RothEvansville Otters
201745-51.4694th in FL EastNo PostseasonCam RothSchaumburg Boomers
201850-46.5213rd in FL EastNo PostseasonCam RothJoliet Slammers
201954-42.5631st in FL EastFrontier League Division Series: Lost to Florence Freedom 0-3.Cam RothRiver City Rascals
Overall554-498.527---Overall Postseason (5 appearances, 2 division titles, 1 runner-up finish, 1 championship): 9-15, .375------

Current roster

Lake Erie Crushers roster
Active (24-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Trent Autry
  • 23 Greyfer Eregua
  • 31 Augie Gallardo
  • 12 Kent Hasler
  • 35 Jared Koenig
  • 34 Logan Lambana
  • 10 Patrick Ledet
  •  5 Seth Lucio
  • 17 Dylan Mouzakes
  • 16 Jake Repavich
  • 24 Alex Romero
  • 32 Michael Stryffeler
  • 28 Tanner Thomas
 

Catchers

  • 14 Bryan De La Rosa
  • 25 Karl Ellison

Infielders

  •  8 Dale Burdick
  •  4 Sebastian Diaz
  • 11 Aaron Hill
  • 18 Dane Hutcheon
  •  3 Emmanuel Marrero
  • 20 Nick Roark
  • 33 Jake Vieth

Outfielders

  •  1 Bodie Bryan
  • 29 James Davison Jr.
  • 21 Zach Racusin
  • 22 Douglas Trimble
 

Manager

  • 27 Cam Roth

Coaches

  •  6 John Stevens (Hitting Coach)
  •  2 Emmanuel Quiles (Bench Coach)
  •    Chris Faber (Clubhouse Manager)
  •    Bree Fortney (Trainer)

Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated May 11, 2019
Transactions

Stadium

The Crushers play at Sprenger Stadium in Avon, Ohio, which has been their home since their inception in 2009. The stadium, built and owned by the City of Avon, has a capacity of 5,000, including 3,000 box seats, 11 private suites, four-person terrace tables, berm seating and picnic and patio areas for group outings. The playing surface is artificial turf, and includes concession stands, a gift shop and a state-of-the-art sound system.

References

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