TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(13-14) used a six run eighth inning to power their way to an 11-3 win over the Evansville Otters(13-14), grabbing the final game of this weekend’s series.   Will Kengor pictured in a Kennedy Eichstadt photograph.

With one out in the first inning, Jeff DeBlieux and Steven Patterson walked then Will Kengor drove in DeBlieux with double into left to give the Beach Bums a 1-0 lead. Evansville took the lead in the top of the third after Josh Allen tripled and Dane Phillips hit a two run homer to right-center field. Traverse City responded in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. 

Arby Fields led off the inning with a walk then DeBlieux beat out a bunt single, moving Fields to second. Steven Patterson stepped up for an RBI double into right, tying the game at two. Kengor followed with a single up the middle, scoring both DeBlieux and Patterson, for a 4-2 lead. In the fifth, Alexis Rivera got in on the action with a one out double to center. He later scored, after a Kendall Patrick walk, on a double by Brook Clark. 

Evansville drew within two, in the seventh, on Phillips’ third RBI of the game, this time a run-scoring single. In the pivotal eighth inning, the Beach Bums sent 11 men to plate, to pull away from the Otters. Elijah Trail led off the frame with a double then moved to third on a Lucas Hunter sacrifice bunt. Fields walked and stole second, and DeBlieux then grounded to first but the throw home got away, scoring both base-runners and moving him to second. After Patterson walked, Kengor and Rivera followed with RBI singles, Clark grounded in a run, and Trail hit an RBI infield single, closing the scoring.  The Beach Bums turned 13 hits into 11 runs, with Kengor leading the way going 4-for-5, with 4 RBI and 1 run scored.

Kramer Champlin picked up his fourth win in a row with a seven inning performance. He allowed two earned runs on nine hits and a walk while fanning seven. He improves to 4-1. Felix Baez gave up five runs in five innings, falling to 2-3 with tonight’s loss.  

The Beach Bums are off until Wednesday night, when they travel to Marion, IL to take on the Southern Illinois Miners in a doubleheader to start a six game road trip. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 7:05pm EDT with the second game beginning about 30 minutes after the completion of game one. Tom Willms will have the call starting at 6:45pm with the Budweiser pre-game show, on 101.9-FM The Bay. 

Come out to Wuerfel Park on Saturday, June 17th, for our 5K Run/Walk/Taste. Adult participants ($25/person) receive a 5K t-shirt and a 6 ounce draft of Shorts for each K completed. We also have the Moomers 1K Run for kids joining their parents. 1K participants ($15/person) will receive a t-shirt and a Moomers ice cream upon completion of their run. The fun gets started at 11am and for more information and registration, call 231-943-0100.

Individual tickets are now available, 24/7 at www.tcbeachbums.com, 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.

Upcoming Home Games

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