James Meeker struck out Steve Kraft with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning to seal a 2-1 victory by the Washington Wild Things over the Lake Erie Crushers Thursday in a Frontier League game.
Washington took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 12th when Chase Sudduth's groundout scored Brett Marr.
Cameron Baranek broke the shutout in the top of the 11th. He started at second base per International Tiebreaker rule and came around to score on a wild pitch.
Lake Erie tied it in the bottom of the inning on a single by Jake Veith that scored Steve Kraft.
Zach Strecker allowed one unearned run over three innings to pick up the win.
Nick Wegman went the first eight innings for Washington, giving up seven hits, striking out six and walking two.
Alex Romero threw six shutout innings, allowing four hits and four walks. He struck out four.
Lake Erie 6, Washington 5: Despite a four-RBI night by third baseman Cody Erickson, the Washington Wild Things fell to the Lake Erie Crushers, 6-5.
Emmanuel Marrero hit a solo home run and Aaron Hill drove in two runs for the Crushers, who scored three runs in the fifth to take control of the game.
Washington had 15 hits but left left 13 on base. Eric Morell took the loss for Washington in his fourth start for the team, and Evy Ruibal picked up the win in relief. Dalton Geekie earned his first save despite allowing the tying run to reach in the top of the ninth. Cameron Baranek, Hector Roa, Brett Marr and Drew Bene also had multi-hit games.
Erickson's second two-run single came in the 8th and made it a one-run game.
The Wild Things managed to open the scoring with three two-out hits in the third inning, culminating with JJ Fernandez's RBI single to plate Erickson and make it 1-0. But the Crushers would immediately respond, and scored two in their half of the frame to pull out to a 2-1 lead.