TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(12-14) gave up six home runs and had no answer to the Evansville Otters’(13-13) offense, falling by a final score of 21-6.  Jeff DeBlieux pictured here in a Kennedy Eichstadt photograph.

With high winds blowing out to center field, Evansville took advantage right away in the first. Dane Phillips hit an RBI single, John Schultz reached on an RBI fielder’s choice, and Jeff Gardner hit a three-run home run, giving the Otters an early 5-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Arby Fields led off with an infield single and Jeff DeBlieux followed with a double. They would both score on successive grounders by Steven Patterson and Will Kengor. 

Evansville pulled away from there, scoring in almost every inning. In the second, Alejandro Segovia hit a three-run home run to center. The Bums issued four walks in the third inning, one of which came with the bases loaded. With two sacrifice flies in the frame, Evansville took an 11-2 lead. In the fourth, Josh Allen hit an RBI single then Phillips hit a three-run bomb, continuing the onslaught.  

In the fifth, Chris Sweeney hit a solo homer but, in the bottom of the inning, the Bums tried to claw back into the game. DeBlieux led off with a single to center then Kengor doubled, moving DeBlieux to third. Alexis Rivera was up next hit his own double to left, driving in both runners to make it a 16-4 game. Sweeney, in the sixth, hit his second long ball of the game, this time a three-run shot, to further extend the lead for Evansville. 

The teams traded runs in both the seventh and the ninth. Brandon Soat hit the final homer of the game for Evansville, a solo smash, but in the bottom of the inning, Rivera picked up his third RBI of the game on a single that drove in Patterson. Gardner picked up an RBI with a sacrifice in the final inning and DeBlieux, who was a home run shy of the cycle, drove in the game’s final run with a single to bring home Fields. 

Shane Weedman picked up the win for the Otters to improve to 2-2, after being handed a 5-0 lead before stepping foot on the mound. John Havird, who was undefeated before tonight’s action, struggled from the beginning, allowing seven earned runs in two innings. He falls to 3-1 on the season. 

Tomorrow evening, the Beach Bums will try to salvage the finale of this weekend’s series against the Otters. Kramer Champlin starts for the Beach Bums while Felix Baez counters for Evansville. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call starting at 4:45pm with the Budweiser Pre-Game Show, on 101.9- The Bay. 

Not only is tomorrow Family FUNday Sunday, it’s Princess Night!  Come dressed as your favorite character and the first 250 young fans will receive a tiara at the gates. Also, we’ll have special visits from “real life” princesses, Belle and Snow White.  Gates open at 4pm for a 5:05pm first pitch. 

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.

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