An exceptional effort by David Harden lifted the Southern Illinois Miners (28-19) to a 2-1 win over the Lake Erie Crushers (25-22) on Saturday at All Pro Freight Stadium.
The Southern Illinois Miners relied on Harden to eat up innings en route to the win. Harden allowed one earned run, four hits and one walk while striking out four over nine innings of work.
The Southern Illinois Miners would not relinquish the lead as the Lake Erie Crushers were unable to weather a two-run fifth inning deficit.
The Lake Erie Crushers scored one run in the sixth on an RBI triple by Robby Kuzdale. Still, the Lake Erie Crushers couldn't catch the Southern Illinois Miners.
Darian Sandford reached base three times. He singled in the eighth inning.
Josh Rickards took the loss for the Lake Erie Crushers. He lasted just three innings, walked three, struck out two, and allowed one run.