TRAVERSE CITY, MI –  Blair Township celebrated their 150th birthday in style and the cherry atop the multitude of birthday cakes was the Traverse City Beach Bums(24-32) defeating the Normal Cornbelters(27-30) by a final score of 4-3. 

For the third straight night, Normal took an early 1-0 lead after the top of the first. Tonight, it was an Aaron Dudley RBI single that scored the run. Orlando Rivera led off the bottom of the inning with a double, the first hit of his pro career. Jeff DeBlieux and Will Kengor each followed with walks to load the bases. Then, on a 3-2 pitch, Alexi Rivera rocketed a grand slam over the right field wall, giving the Bums a 4-1 lead. 

In the 3rd, Normal cut into the Bums’ advantage when Miguel Torres hit a two-run double into the right field gap to pull the ‘Belters within one. From there, both teams would not threaten again, combining for three hits in the final six innings. 

Kramer Champlin picked up the win tonight, going six innings and allowing three runs, spreading out 11 hits, walking one ,and he fanned two. He improves to 6-3. Normal starter, Edgar de la Rosa drops to 1-3 after going seven innings, and giving up four runs on five hits. Enrique Oquendo pitched the final inning for Traverse City for his fifth save of the year, striking out two.                                                                                                                                                                     

The Beach Bums hit the road at midnight for an eleven hour plus drive to Missouri where they will start a three-game series against the River City Rascals Friday night. First pitch from CarShield Field in O’Fallon, MO, is scheduled for 7:35pm(EDT) and the voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms, goes on the air at 7:15pm with the Budweiser Pre-Game Show, on 101.9-The Bay. 

July is ending soon so make sure you swing out to Wuerfel Park on July 28th for another FANtastic Fireworks Friday. Be sure to stick around after the game for a spectacular fireworks display courtesy of ShockWave Pyrotechnics and sponsored by 4Front Credit Union. Gates open at 6pm for a 7:05 first pitch against the River City Rascals.

Individual tickets are now available, 24/7 at, or by calling the box office at (231) 943-0100, Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, on non-game days, and from 10am until the seventh inning on game days.


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