TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums’(22-29) completed a three-game sweep against the Windy City Thunderbolts(24-27), taking the Sunday evening series finale by the final score of 11-6. The Beach Bums have won four in a row and have won four of their last five series.  Emily Long photograph.

Windy City got the game off to a roaring start when Ransom Lalonde hit a two-run single to center to take an early lead. The Bums responded right away in the bottom of the first. Marco Derkes led off with a walk, followed by a Ryan Bottger single. Both runners moved up on a well-executed sacrifice bunt by Steven Patterson. Will Kengor got them on the board with a sacrifice fly, scoring Derkes. Elijah Trail then tied the game on an RBI single, bringing Bottger in. After Giancarlo Brugnoni singled, Christian Santisteban spun a slow roller up the third base line. The ‘Bolts catcher tried to make the play to first but it was late and Trail was able to score, giving the Bums a 3-2 after one. 

Traverse City added on to the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Bottger walked and later scored on a throwing error. In the top of the sixth, Windy City brought eight men to the plate and took a 5-4 lead. Keefer hit an RBI sacrifice fly to drive in Tim Zier then, later in the inning, Kyle Wood hit a two-run to center field.  

Not to be outdone, the Beach Bums fought back by bringing ten men to the plate in the bottom of the inning. Giancarlo Brugnoni led off by inducing a walk. Two batters later, Kendall Patrick was hit by a pitch moving Brugnoni to second. With two outs, Derkes was walked and bases were loaded. Bottger tied the game on an RBI single to bring in Brugnoni, then took the lead on a Patterson two-run single. Kengor then singled in a run followed by an RBI double by Trail, and the Bums had a 9-5 advantage.  

Traverse City wasn’t done there as, with one out, Trail hit a single to right, then moved to second on a Brugnoni single to center. Two batters later, Patrick ripped a triple to right, scoring both Trail and Brugnoni, to extend the lead to six. Windy City’s Tim Zier hit an RBI single in the top of the ninth, but that is as far as the comeback would go. 

Benjamin Libuda earned the win for the Beach Bums to improve to 3-3. Michael Shreves had a good start for Traverse City, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, a walk, and two strikeouts. Cameron Giannini suffered the loss for Windy City to drop to 1-1, going 2/3 of an inning and allowing three runs. 

Will Kengor will represent the Beach Bums in the All-Star Home Run Derby on Tuesday night.  Watch this website and Facebook for updates on the Y'All All-Star Game in Florence, KY.  Coming up on Friday night, the Beach Bums return from the All-Star break to start a three game series against the Evansville Otters. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 6:45pm, on 101.9- The Bay.  

Don’t Forget- Coming up on Friday, July 15th, it will be another FANtastic Fireworks show after the final out of the game. You’re not going to want to miss it. The gates will open at 5pm. 

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!

Upcoming Home Games

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