Four first-inning runs helped the Normal CornBelters (9-14) to an 8-5 win over the Lake Erie Crushers (13-11) at All Pro Freight Stadium on Thursday.
Mike Schwartz reached base three times. He scored two runs and had two RBIs. He doubled in the ninth inning.
Ryan Hutchison racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Lake Erie Crushers. He singled in the second and fourth innings.
Eric Erickson improved to 1-0 on the year by picking up the win for the Normal CornBelters. Erickson struck out none, walked none and gave up no hits.
Roberto Padilla couldn't get it done on the hill for the Lake Erie Crushers, taking a loss. He allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out two.