Casey Frawley hits a walk off homerun to clinch the Captains their first ever Midwest League Eastern Division Championship in front of a great crowd on Father’s Day. Check it out below:
Bo Greenwell was a huge fan favorite in Lake County and in his final game representing the Captains, he went 3-4 in the Midwest League All-Star Game. Everyone will miss Bo and we wish him the best in his promotion to Kinston.
Chun Chen, who was recently promoted to Kinston, he batted .312 with 6 HR and 39 RBI. Not only was Chen one of the Captains five All-Stars at Fort Wayne two weeks ago, but he is the first Lake County Captain selected to the XM All Star Futures Game and will be representing the World Team in Anaheim, CA. Everyone will miss Chun and we wish him the best in his promotion to Kinston.
Jeremie Tice, who was also recently promoted to Kinston, was a great kid who spent parts of the 2009 and 2010 season with the Captains. Prior to the promotion, he batted .282 with 9 HR and 51 RBI. We wish Jeremie the best and hope that he excels at Kinston and beyond.
But this is a team game and the Captains (50-30) are excelling in all aspects.
Lake County’s pitching staff has been superb and finds themselves third in the MWL with a 3.54 ERA, second in Saves with 26, second in SO with 624 and carries the second lowest WHIP at 1.22 per inning pitched not to mention they’ve walked the fewest batters in the league with a low of 186.
I’m finding it very hard to believe how quickly the season has gone so far.
The good news is that with the playoffs, we have at least 35 games left this season, including 13 Fireworks Spectaculars and most of our giveaways!
Have to stress that the crowds have been very dramatic and supportive of our Captains this season more so than any other I’ve been apart of. The energy is there. Fans are up on their feat and cheering for every base hit and great play out on the field.
In-Game Promotions have been phenomenal. The LARMCO Windows and Siding Dizzy Bat Race, Visit Pittsburgh Target Toss and Putt 4 Fun Closest to the Mascot Challenge have all become integral assets to between-inning entertainment.
Coupled with Skipper’s Fun Run, Classic Auto T-Shirt Toss and throw in promotions such as Swing For the Fences, Mojo Throwin’ Heat and our Human Wheelbarrow Race, it’s been a heck of a time every minute at the ballpark. Check out the a video of the PNC Fish Race below:
Theme nights have been fun and we continue to gain National recognition.
Nautical Day on Sunday, May 23rd brought Katie Spotz and her world famous boat to the ball park. Fans were able to meet and greet with the living legend and check out the boat that sailed across the Atlantic Ocean that broke numerous world records. Students from Spirit of America (National Youth Boating and Water Safety Program) inflated their Life Jackets at the count of three to spell “Wear It” in the stands during the ballgame! We also had many watercrafts and boats set up in and around the stadium for fans to tour.
Josh Cribbs and the Browns Backers came to Classic Park on Sunday, June 6th to sign autographs and represent professional football in Cleveland! It was a site to see Cribbs out on the mound hurling a ceremonial first pitch around 75 MPH.
We’ve celebrated Irish, Italian, Asian and Hungarian Heritage Night’s so far with German, Jewish and Slovenian to go. Fans have enjoyed dancing, singing, cuisine and in-game promotions that have to do with our native cultures in Northeast Ohio. Check out this hilarious video of the Corned Beef Eating Contest:
Our Second Annual Cleveland Sports History Night on Saturday, July 24th should be a huge hit for Captains faithful.
It’s safe to say that the Captains have made a huge dent in the Midwest League in their first season. What a better way to welcome yourselves to a new league than winning the Division Championship in your first try!
This is all for now! Come on out to the ballpark! Here‘s a video of some of our upcoming promotions!