Former Lake Erie College right-hander Adam Beach made his professional debut on Friday night for the independent Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League.
Beach, the Vermilion, Ohio native, just graduated from Lake Erie in May of 2013 after four years with the Storm baseball team. Over his career in the green and white, Beach appeared in 45 games, accounting for 232 innings. He started 40 out of the 45 games in which he appeared.
Beach finished his collegiate career with the following stats:
- 232 innings pitched
- 18-13 record
- 1 save and 1 shutout
- 241 hits allowed
- 145 runs/116 earned runs allowed
- 117 walks allowed
- 211 strikeouts
- 4.50 earned run average
Beach was signed by the Lake Erie Crushers on Friday and he made his debut in the second game of a doubleheader against the Frontier Greys at All Pro Freight Stadium, about 20 minutes from his hometown.
Beach had some nerves as he battled through a rough first inning. He gave up a lead-off double and gave up a two-run home run to the third batter of the game, right fielder Justin Vasquez. Beach retired the next 13 batters before surrendering a one-out walk in the fifth.
Beach picked up his first win in his first start. He threw five innings with two runs allowed on two hits. He walked one and struck out four. He threw a total of 78 pitches with 44 for strikes.
The Crushers beat writer for Indians Baseball Insider, Matt Lofgren (@MLofgrenDKS) was in attendance and I asked him on Twitter what he thought of Beach. His response was, “(He had a) solid outing, got the win. Rocky start with a 2 run home run in first but that was it.”
I will continue to keep an eye on Beach and the Crushers and will keep updating everyone on his status in Avon!