TRAVERSE CITY, MI – In two contrasting ballgames, the Traverse City Beach Bums (5-8) took both games of a doubleheader against the Lake Crushers (8-4), by scores of 5-1 and 3-2. 

The Beach Bums came out quick in game one as Ryan Bottger led off with a walk. Will Kengor followed with a single to right. After Jose Vargas reached on a fielder’s choice, Brandon Thomasson hit a hard line drive to the third baseman Juan Avila. Avila tried to throw out Vargas at first for a double play but the throw was high and that allowed Bottger to score the game’s first run. 

After a scoreless second, Jeff DeBlieux led off the third with a double to right. Bottger followed with his own double down the left field line, scoring DeBlieux and doubling the Bums’ advantage. Kengor stepped up next and drove a single into right, bringing home Bottger. After a Vargas walk, Brandon Thomasson reached on a fielder’s choice, moving Kengor to third. While Steven Patterson was at the plate, Todd Kibby hurled a wild pitch that got away from Jose Barraza, scoring Kengor. On the plate, Barraza tossed the ball home to Kibby, who was covering but it rolled away to the backstop. In the confusion, no one for the Crushers chased the ball down and Thomasson scored all the way from first, making it 5-0. 

Lake Erie picked up their lone run in the fifth with a Max Casper RBI single. That plated Brendan Cosentino who doubled to start the inning. For the Crushers, that would be as close as they would get. 

The Beach Bums got a great start from Dylan Stoops as he got the complete game. He spread out eight hits over seven innings, walking just one while striking out six. He earned the win to improve to 2-0. Todd Kibby also went the full complement of innings, going six innings, allowing five runs, three earned, walked three and struck out five. He falls to 1-1. 

In game 2, The Beach Bums once again struck first, this time in the second inning. With two away in the second, Tyler Patterson hit a high fly ball to left that kept on carrying until it was over the wall for his first home run of the season. 

It was another two out opportunity that got the Bums their next run. In the 4th, Jeff DeBlieux walked and Ryan Bottger singled. Will Kengor, who was 6 for 8 between the two games, then hit an RBI single to center, scoring DeBlieux and making it 2-0. 

Lake Erie made sure this game would be as lopsided as the first when they fought back to tie the game in the sixth.  Carlos Avila, with one away, walked, and Jose Barraza follow with a single. Two batters later, Juan Avila hit a double to deep centerfield, scoring both Carlos Avila and Barraza, and the game was even at two. 

After a scoreless seventh and eighth, the international tie-breaker came into effect. In the top of the  ninth, the Crusher got it to first and third with nobody out, but then Andrew Brockett struck out Daniel Aldrich and got Cosentino to ground into a double play to end the threat. In the bottom of the inning, Kengor was placed on second and Jose Vargas, who has had had so many clutch hits, added another one to his collection with a single up the middle to win the game for the Bums. 

Brockett danced through the trouble in the ninth to get his first win of the season while Fernando Gallegos couldn’t duplicate Brockett’s feat, suffering the loss, dropping to 2-1.  

The Beach Bums will be back in action tomorrow evening for the finale of this three game series against the Lake Erie Crushers. Kyle McKay will get his first start of the season for Traverse City and for Lake Erie, it will be Colin Feldtman. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call on 101.9FM - The Bay, starting at 4:45pm with the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show. 

Gates open at 3pm so get your tickets at TCBeachBums.com or directly through the Beach Bums box office 231.943.0100, ext. 126.  The box office opens at 10 am on Sunday.

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