After the four-game set at Tiffin, the Storm is now past the halfway point in the season. After the upcoming double-header at Ohio Dominican, the same can be said for the conference schedule. Lake Erie currently sits in a three-way tie for second place. There are a few areas that standout through the halfway point in the season.
The adage defense wins championships remains true. To be more accurate, pitching AND defense win championships. The proof is in the pudding with the Storm. While the pitching and defense are much improved from 2011 to 2102, there is a direct correlation between the success of the two areas and wins on the field. This is the most obvious statement I may have ever written, but the numbers do not lie. Here are some significant numbers from the first half.
News & Notes:
- Two's Company: The Storm is 13-8 when they commit two or less errors in a game. They are 8-1 when they allow two or less runs a game.
- The Walking Dead: 10 of the Storm's 13 wins have come when the pitching staff has allowed three or fewer walks. They are 10-5 with three or less walks.
- The Freebie War: When adding walks, hit batsmen, wild pitches, passed balls, balks, stolen bases allowed, and errors, the Storm has racked up a 7-1 record when allowing fewer freebies than their opponent. A surprising note, the Storm is 3-1 when allowing one or less free bases (10-2 total record when -1 or better in the Freebie War).
- Extra! Extra!: After the three extra-inning games against Tiffin, Lake Erie has now played five extra-inning games this season which surpasses their total from 2011. They were 2-2 in 2011 (3 of which were on the road). The Storm has shown their resiliency by notching a 3-2 record in extra frames in 2012. All five games have been on the road.
The Storm travels to Ohio Dominican on Wednesday for a double-header. The Panthers took all four from Lake Erie in 2011. They will return home for a four-game series with Findlay next weekend (4/14-4/15), followed by a non-conference home game with Mercyhurst (4/18).