TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Although the Traverse City Beach Bums(31-48) took a lead, the Windy City Thunderbolts(44-37) pulled away late for a 7-2 decision. 

After a scoreless first three innings, the Beach Bums got the scoring started in the fourth. Luke Lowery led off with a double into the left field corner. Alexis Rivera moved him to third on a grounder then Nick Murphy drove him home with an RBI double that Snuck inside the third base line. Windy City took the lead in the fifth on a two-run single by Coco Johnson. 

In the seventh, Johnson led off the inning with a triple then scored on the errant throw to third. Larry Balkwill drove in the ‘Bolts’ fourth run on an RBI single. In the eighth, Keenyn Walker hit an RBI double and Kyle Wood hit an RBI single to make to a 6-1 game. Arby Fields led off the bottom of the frame then moved to second while Steven Patterson reached first on an error. After Fields stole third, Luke Lowery drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Will Krug hit an RBI single for Windy City to close the scoring. 

Jake Fisher picked up the win for Windy City with a solid eight inning effort to improve to 8-7. He gave up one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out nine. Reinaldo Lopez went six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and four walks. He falls to 3-10 on the season. 

Tomorrow night, the Beach Bums and Windy City Thunderbolts get together again for game two of this three game series. Dominic Reed starts for the Beach Bums while Clay Chapman takes the hill for Windy City. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and the voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms, will go on the air with the Budweiser pre-game show at 6:45 on 101.9FM-The Bay. 

Come on out to the park for another Superhero Saturday!! Each fan spotted in their Superhero uniform will receive a FREE meal voucher, good for a hot dog or brat, chips, and a fountain drink. Also, it’s Back to School Night, brought to you by Western Michigan University. 

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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