TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(7-6) put up six runs in the second and didn’t look back in a 16-0 drubbing of the Southern Illinois Miners(4-9), on Friday night.  Elijah Trail scores his second home run of the night in a Kennedy Eichstadt photograph.

After a scoreless first, Will Kengor and Alexis Rivera led off the second with singles to center. Kendall Patrick then drove in the first run with an RBI double. Elijah Trail, Giancarlo Brugnoni, Nick Murphy, and Jeff DeBlieux each hit RBI singles, one after the other, to continue the offensive onslaught. Steven Patterson then hit his own RBI single to extend the lead to six.  

In the third, with one away, Patrick walked and Trail hit a two-run bomb over the right field wall. The runs continued in the fourth inning, with another two put on the board. DeBlieux led off with a walk then moved to third on a Ryan Garvey single to center. DeBlieux scored on a wild pitch, moving Garvey to third. Kengor came up and drove in Garvey with an RBI single, bringing the lead to double digits.

The eighth inning was another huge frame for Traverse City, started with a Garvey one-out single. Steven Patterson then followed with a two-run blast, his fifth homer of the season. With two outs, Alexis Rivera and Kendall Patrick singled, then, Trail hit his second home run of the game, third of the season, a three-run shot, to complete the rout. 

Kramer Champlin got all of the run support he needed tonight, picking up the win to improve to 2-1. He went six innings, allowing three hits and a walk, while striking out four. Payton Lobdell gave up eight runs on nine hits, in three innings. He falls to 1-2.  

The Beach Bums and Miners are back at it tomorrow for game two of this weekend’s three-game set. Ethan Gibbons will take the hill for Southern Illinois and Nate Abel starts for the Beach Bums. First pitch at Wuerfel Park is at 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call starting at 6:45pm with the Budweiser Pre-Game Show, on 101.9- The Bay. 

Saturday is our annual “Some Gave All” Memorial Day Tribute game. The Beach Bums encourage all fans to join us as we recognize those who gave their all fighting for our freedom. A pre-game ceremony will take place to honor active military and veterans. Mini-flags and American pins will be handed out at the gates for attending fans. The gates open at 6pm for a 7:05pm first pitch at beautiful Wuerfel Park.  

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 non-gameday Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, the box office hours are extended on all game days.

Upcoming Home Games

May 23rd 5:05 PM
Florence Freedom
May 24th 7:05 PM
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May 25th 7:05 PM
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May 26th 7:05 PM
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