TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(10-23) and Washington Wild Things(18-15) locked horns in a pitchers’ duel and Washington pulled out the win by the final score of 3-2. 

Jamal Austin led off the game for Washington with a single to centerfield. He stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Bryan Haar was able to bring him in to score on an RBI single to left to make it 1-0 after one inning.  

In the bottom of the second, Will Kengor took the first pitch he saw and slammed it over the right field wall for his fifth homer of the season, to tie the game. Washington responded in the third when Austin Wobrock doubled to start the inning and three batters later, scored on another Haar RBI single.

In the next inning, Andrew Heck singled and stole second to get things going. After a Grant Fink walk, Kyle Pollock grounded a ball back to the pitcher, who threw to second, but the shortstop who was covering dropped the ball, allowing Heck to score what turned out to be an important insurance run. 

After a scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Christian Santisteban, in his first professional game, led off the seventh with a double to the right field gap, for his first hit. Gaby Juarbe moved him to third on a groundout, then Jeff DeBlieux drove him home with an RBI groundout, cutting the lead in half. The Beach Bums got the lead off man on in the ninth but failed to bring him in to tie the game. 

Washington starter, Luke Wilkins, earned the win, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks, striking out three. He improves to 1-1. Kramer Champlin gets the hard luck loss to fall to 1-4. He went a solid six innings, allowing 2 earned runs, while spreading out seven hits, walking one, and fanning one.

Team update: The Beach Bums released three players on Monday, Jesse Montalto, Brian Portelli and Brandon Thomasson.  Joining the roster earlier today were OF Marcos Derkes, 1B/OF Christian Santisteban, LHP Sasha Kuebel and RHP Austin Bembnowski.

Tomorrow night, the Beach Bums and Washington Wild Things continue this three game series with game two. Michael Shreves takes the hill for the Beach Bums and Trevor Foss gets the call for Washington. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 6:45pm, on 101.9-FM The Bay. Come on out and cheer on your hometown team on Winning Wednesday -- When we win, YOU win……a free ticket to an upcoming home game..  You just need to be here to cheer the Beach Bums on to VICTORY. Gates open a 5pm, so get yours tickets at TCBeachBums.com or come to the Wuerfel Park box office. 

The Beach Bums Box Office & Gift Ship are now open with non-gameday hours of 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturday. Wuerfel Park is closed on non-gameday Sundays. Stadium hours are extended on gamedays. 

For more information, please to call the offices at 1-231-943-0100 or come on out to the park and say hello!


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