CLOSE BUT NOT ENOUGH

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Alpena Men's Barbershop Chorus started the night off strong with a great rendition of the National Anthem, pictured here in a Kennedy Eichstadt photograph.

The Beach Bums(24-41) made the night exciting coming back in the later part of the game, before falling just one run short of overcoming a 9-2 deficit, falling to the River City Rascals(36-31) by a final score of 9-8.

In the first inning, River City got on the board with an RBI double by Paul Kronenfeld. The Rascals extended their lead to 5-0 in the second. Mike Jurgella hit an RBI single, Johnny Morales hit a 2-run double, and Kronenfeld hit an RBI single. The Beach Bums got on the board in the bottom of the frame when Ross Kivett hit his first Frontier League home run, a solo shot, bringing the Bums within four. 

River City added a run in the fourth on a Josh Silver RBI sacrifice fly. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Steven Patterson smashed a double into the right-center field gap. Will Kengor followed with a single to center, making it a 6-2 deficit for the Beach Bums. River City’s Braxton Martinez hit a solo home run in the eighth, then Mike Jurgella and Josh Silver each hit RBI doubles, and the Rascals led by seven. 

In the bottom of the eighth, Jeff DeBlieux led off with a walk then moved to second on a Steven Patterson base hit. With one out, Kivett walked to load the bases. Alexis Rivera grounded to short but in an effort to complete a double play, Johnny Morales rushed the throw and it ended up in the dugout. That allowed DeBlieux, Patterson, and Kivett to score, and Rivera went to second. Two batters later, the bases were loaded again when John Montgomery and Zach Files reached on walks. 

 Orlando Rivera was then walked to drive in a run and DeBlieux hit an RBI infield single, pulling the Bums within two at 9-7. In the ninth, Kengor led off with a double, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on an Alexis Rivera groundout, but that’s as close as Traverse City would come. 

Zeb Sneed went five innings for the win for the Rascals, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk to improve to 3-0. Reinaldo Lopez struggled in the first two innings but survived into the eighth, allowing eight runs on ten hits and two walks. He falls to 2-8 on the season.                                                                                                                                                                  

The Beach Bums return to action on Tuesday night as they host the Washington Wild Things in game one of a 3 game set. Kramer Champlin starts for the Bums while Trevor Foss goes for Washington. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and the voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms, goes on the air at 6:45pm with the Budweiser pre-game show, on 101.9- The Bay.

On Tuesday, our wonderful seniors are invited to enjoy special Silver Slugger chairback ticket prices – only $5.00 for fans 60 and over. ALL fans can take advantage of the Thrifty Tuesday meal deal! Buy a hot dog or brat, chips, and a Northwoods Soda, for only $5.00. Gates open at 6pm and first pitch is at 7:05. 

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
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May 24th 7:05 PM
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May 25th 7:05 PM
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May 26th 7:05 PM
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