Beach Bums Post First Win Of 2011

LOVES PARK, IL-- The Traverse City Beach Bums won their first game of the 2011 season as they defeated the Rockford RiverHawks in front of 1,512 fans at Road Ranger Stadium by a score of 7-4. JT Hall hit the first homerun of the season and scored the first run of the afternoon. John L. Russell file photo.

Traverse City scored three times in the second inning, highlighted by a JT Hall solo homerun, and a pair of bases loaded walks to Matt Brown and Chase Burch gave the Beach Bums the early 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, RiverHawks designated hitter Cameron Satterwhite launched a solo homerun to make it a 3-1 Beach Bums lead. The Beach Bums scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on an RBI-single from Brown and an RBI-double from Brandon Pearl.

In the seventh and eighth innings, the RiverHawks fought back to bring the Beach Bums lead to 6-4, but would come no closer as Beach Bums right-hander Scott Mueller got pinch-hitter Matt Greener to bounce into a bases-loaded, inning-ending double play to end the threat.

In the ninth, the Beach Bums added an insurance run on a Zach Pace RBI-single to make it 7-4, ending the scoring. The Beach Bums improve to 1-2 with the win, while the RiverHawks fall to 2-1 on the season.

Rob Gariano (1-0) pitched 6.1 solid innings on the mound for the Beach Bums to pick up the win for Traverse City while Mueller earned his first save. RiverHawks starter Brian Parker (0-1) took the loss for Rockford. Zack Pace and Evan Sharpley led the Beach Bums with three hits apiece in the ballgame.

The Beach Bums head to Washington, PA and will enjoy a Monday off before beginning a three game series against the Washington Wild Things Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. Eric Thomas will get the start for the Beach Bums. The Budweiser Pregame Show on Sunny Country 101.9 FM will start at 6:15 p.m.

The Beach Bums' home opener is Friday May 27th when the Beach Bums will square off against the Rockford RiverHawks in their first trip to Wuerfel Park in 2011. It’s FANtastic Fireworks WIN THE FRIDGE Friday and the first 500 fans through the gates will receive a free magnet schedule. One lucky fan will win a high efficiency refrigerator courtesy of Cherryland Electric and the Traverse City Beach Bums at the end of the game. Fan must be present to win. For more information, call 943-0100 or visit

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