TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(4-5) and Lake Erie Crushers(4-5), after being rained out yesterday, each took a game of today’s doubleheader by identical scores of 5-2. 

The Crushers came out flying in the first inning of game 1, putting up three runs. After Cody Lenahan and Connor Oliver walked, Sean Hurley hit a three-run home run over the wall in left field. They added two more in the fourth when Connor Oliver and Josh McAdams each scored on separate errors.  

The Beach Bums finally got on the board in the fifth after Nick Murphy led off with a triple, then he scored when Jeff DeBlieux grounded out. In the sixth, Alexis Rivera singled with one away. Elijah Trail moved Rivera to third on a single of his own, then, Ryan Garvey drove home Rivera with an RBI base hit to left. The Beach Bums had the tying run at the plate but could not come back any further. 

Lake Erie’s Adam Quintana earned the win with a seven strikeout performance in six innings. He improved to 2-0. Being handed the loss was Tyler Painton and he falls to 0-2. Chandler Jagodzinski pitched a perfect seventh for his third save of the year. 

In game 2, it was the Beach Bums’ turn to get off to a quick start. Jeff DeBlieux led off the bottom of the first with a single up the middle then newcomer, Arby Fields, hit an RBI double into the left field corner to  give the Bums the lead, although he was thrown out trying to extend to a triple. Next up was Steven Patterson and he smashed a solo homer down the left field line for his second of the season to double the advantage. 

Kendall Patrick hit an RBI double to deep center field in the second to drive home Elijah Trail, who reached on an error. Three batters later, DeBlieux drove in Patrick with a single to right, and it was a 4-0 game. Lake Erie cut their deficit in half in the fourth thanks to a Josh McAdams two-run double but, in the bottom of the fifth, Alexis Rivera hit a mammoth solo shot over the wall in right for his second homer of the year, to close out the scoring. 

Bums’ starter, Nate Abel, had a solid showing of five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, two walks, and striking out seven, to improve his record to 1-1. Connor Reed gave up four runs, only two earned, in three and a third, and he gets the loss, dropping to 1-1. Jacob Lanning allowed just a walk and struck out three in two innings for his third save of the season. 

The Beach Bums are off until Wednesday, when they head to Florence, KY, to take on the Florence Freedom in another doubleheader, starting three game series. The Freedom will go with Jordan Kraus and Tony Vocca while John Havird and Augie Gallardo take the mound for the Bums. Tom Willms will have the call for both seven-inning contests starting with the Budweiser Pre-Game show at 5:15pm, and the first pitch is at 5:35pm online at 

The Beach Bums return home on Friday, May 26th, to face the Southern Illinois Miners, starting a six game homestand. 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 Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. 

Upcoming Home Games

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