Boomers Sweep Away Crushers

Sunday, August 27, 2017
by Kevin Jackman

SCHAUMBURG, IL —The East Division champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, used a late rally to claim win number 62 on the season, sweeping the Lake Erie Crushers, 6-5 the final. With the win, the Schaumburg Boomers established a new record for wins in a regular season.

Starting off well, the Boomers tallied up runs in each of the first two innings. Kyle Ruchim led off with a single and came around to score on a Rock Should RBI single. Then in the second, Jack Parenty drove in Tanner Pinkston with a run-scoring ground out. In the fifth, Lake Erie got on the board with a solo homer from Austin O’Brien to lead off the frame. Connor Sullivan followed with an RBI double before Jordan Dean smacked a two run homer. Crushers added another in the sixth on a sac fly from Sullivan. Boomers went to work in the sixth, scoring twice. Shoulders with a solo homer to lead off, then Zach Weigel scored on an RBI ground out after tripling earlier in the inning. Waiting until the eighth, the Boomers tied the game on a John Holland solo shot. Josh Gardiner gave the Boomers the lead with the game-winning RBI base hit, driving in Weigel.

On the mound, Michael Wood started on the mound, he went five innings, allowing four runs. Kyle Westwood picks up the win with a scoreless inning of work. Jake Joyce put two men on, but stranded them to emerge with his 15th save of the season.

The Boomers (62-28), who became the first team to clinch a playoff berth on Tuesday and own the best record in the league, finish off the home portion of the regular season by hosting the Traverse City Beach Bums Tuesday through Thursday. Each game of the series has a 6:30 start time. Playoff bundles are on sale now. Make the Boomers part of your plans this season by calling (847) 461-FOWL (3695). Hear all of the game action this season on AM 1410 WRMN.