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Miners win opening series against Crushers

  • Chance Shepard comes back to the dugout after hitting the Miners' first homer of the season Friday night.

    Chance Shepard comes back to the dugout after hitting the Miners' first homer of the season Friday night.
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  • Joe Dudek

    Joe Dudek
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  • Nolan Earley

    Nolan Earley
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  • Robby Rowland

    Robby Rowland
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  • Chance Shepard

    Chance Shepard
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  • Nolan Earley

    Nolan Earley
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  • Cameron Newell robs Joe Dudek of a home run.

    Cameron Newell robs Joe Dudek of a home run.
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  • Patrick Duester

    Patrick Duester
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By Justin Walker
updated: 5/14/2018 2:46 AM

MARION -- The Southern Illinois Miners took two of three games from the Lake Erie Crushers in their season-opening weekend series at Rent One Park.

In Friday's opener, the Miners pounded 17 hits, including a home run from Chance Shepard, and rolled to a 12-4 victory.

Shepard finished a double away from the cycle and went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Nolan Earley and Luis Jean also had three hits and Earley scored three runs.

London Lindley, Anthony Critelli and Corey Dempster all added two hits. Robby Rowland pitched six innings and scattered seven hits with five strikeouts.

Then on Saturday, Earley hit a pair of solo homers and Shepard went deep again as the Miners held on for a 3-2 victory to clinch the series. It was Earley's first multi-homer game of his career.

Kurt Heyer struck out seven and gave up just three hits in six frames before the bullpen arms of Tre Hobbs, Austin Dubsky and John Werner closed it out.

The series concluded Sunday with the Crushers holding on for a 5-3 victory to avoid the sweep.

Lake Erie jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Miners plated three in the fifth. John Holland hit a two-run double in the rally.

Miners reliever Chris Washington struck out six batters in three innings of relief to keep Lake Erie from adding on, but the Miners couldn't get any closer.

The Miners return to action Tuesday when they begin a series at Schaumburg, which is the Frontier League's defending champion.