A three-run homer from Aaron Hill finished a six-run fourth inning from Lake Erie to lift the Crushers over the Wild Things, 8-5, in a Frontier League East Division game at Sprenger Stadium Tuesday night.
The loss is the third in the last four games for Washington. Lake Erie remains atop the East Division standings.
The home run for Hill ended the outing for Wild Things’ starter John Havird, who went 3 2/3 innings and allowed six hits and six runs. He struck out four.
Washington gave Havird a lead to work with by scoring three runs in the top of the fourth. Hector Roa’s ground-rule double scored Cameron Baranek. J.J. Fernandez and Mikael Mogues each scored on groundouts to take a 3-0 advantage.
That lead quickly evaporated as Lake Erie’s Dale Burdick singled home a run and Jake Veith scored on a bases-loaded walk. Burdick scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the game before Hill’s home run gave the Crushers the lead for good.
Veith went 2-for-4 and added a two-run homer for insurance in the eighth.
Lake Erie starting pitcher Patrick Ledet held Washington to four hits, four runs (two earned) and struck out five over 7 2/3 innings.
The Wild Things scored a run in each of the final two innings, including a home run from Brett Marr in the eighth. Marr and Blake Adams both had at-bats in the final inning when they represented the tying run.