Late run lifts Crushers to victory over Grizzlies

Special to the News-DemocratJuly 21, 2013 

Lake Erie infielder Andrew Davis drove in a run on a single in the ninth inning and the Crushers held on for a 2-1 series finale victory against the Gateway Grizzlies on Sunday evening at GCS Ballpark in Sauget.

With the score tied 1-1 in the ninth inning, Davis knocked in Craig Hertler with a line-drive single to right field off Grizzlies reliever Zac Treece.

The run was charged to Gateway (33-21) starting pitcher Ja'Vaun West (7-3), who gave up a double to Hertler on the first and only pitch he threw in the ninth inning.

One night after Grizzlies starter Tim Brown tossed the third no-hitter in franchise history, West scattered four hits over eight-plus innings, but ended up as the hard-luck loser after giving up two runs.

The right-hander only threw 89 pitches, with 61 of them strikes. He walked two and struck out two.

Lake Erie (28-26) scored the first run of the game in the third inning on a Granger run-scoring single.

The Grizzlies were shutout by Crushers starting pitcher Alex Kaminsky until the sixth inning.

Jose Flores singled for the second time in the game and Chris McClendon drove him in on a double to left-center.

Gateway recorded only four hits in the game, with Flores supplying half of them.

The Grizzlies begin a six-game road trip Monday night at Windy City. Right-hander Matt Sergey (0-1) will get the series-opening start for the Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 7:05 from Crestwood.

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