Lake Erie Quiets Traverse City 3-1

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Scott Vachon pitched a career-high seven innings, but Traverse City’s offense was quieted once again by the Lake Erie pitching staff as the Crushers beat the Beach Bums 3-1 on Sunday night at Wuerfel Park. Beach Bums left fielder Jeff DeBlieux had an exceptional catch in the top of the 4th to rob Adam Ford of a hit. David April photograph

Vachon (2-2) gave up a first inning run on a ground rule double by Andrew Davis, but worked out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam with a flyout. That started a string of seven straight retired for Vachon. Traverse City tied the game on a sacrifice fly from Jeff DeBlieux that scored Scott Woodward in the last of the third.

The tie was short-lived though as Vincent Mejia jacked a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning, giving the Crushers the lead back at 2-1. An inning later, Craig Hertler reached on an error and ended up scoring on a Davis sacrifice fly to up the advantage to 3-1.

Vachon settled down to retire the next seven batters and lasted seven innings in his first quality start as a Beach Bum. He allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

Zac Treece started for the Crushers and held the Beach Bums at bay through a majority of his outing. After the run scored in the third, he allowed just two base runners in the rest of his outing that lasted eight innings. Treece (6-3) picked up the win by allowing a run on four hits with four K’s. Jordan McCoy picked up his first save of the year by firing a scoreless ninth inning.

The Beach Bums will take a pair of days off before returning to action with a doubleheader at Wuerfel Park on Wednesday against the Evansville Otters. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. As part of New York, New York night, one lucky fan will win two roundtrip tickets to New York City courtesy of Passageways Travel and TVC Airport. Fans can listen to the broadcast starting at 5:45 p.m. on Classic Rock the Bear 98.1/107.1 and