FLORENCE, KY – In a game that was supposed to be part of a doubleheader, the Traverse City Beach Bums(5-5) upended the Florence Freedom(8-2), by a 2-0 score in seven innings.

On a rainy and stormy day, the pitchers took center stage in today’s series opener. The only scoring came in the sixth inning on a two out rally. Steven Patterson shot a deep fly ball to the center field fence for a triple. Will Kengor stepped up a rocked a two-run blast over the wall in right, his second homer of the season, driving in Patterson to provide all of the offense the Bums would need.  

John Havird was exceptional in his second start of the season, hurling six innings, and only allowing one hit and four walks, while striking out five. He improves to 2-0. The Freedom’s Jordan Kraus is a hard-luck loser tonight as he pitched a complete game, and he struck out 11. He drops to 2-1. The seventh was interrupted by an eleven minute rain delay but that didn’t stop Jacob Lanning from throwing a perfect final inning for his third save. 

The rains were constant from the first pitch to the last, with the intensity growing in the seventh inning and beyond. The decision was made to postpone the second game of the doubleheader and play two seven-inning contests, tomorrow, starting at 5:05pm. In game 1, it will be Augie Gallardo for the Bums and Tony Vocca for the Freedom. Game 2 features newcomer Reinaldo Lopez and Cody Gray. Tom Willms will have the call starting at 4:45pm for the Budweiser Pre-Game Show, on 101.9- The Bay. 

The Beach Bums return home on Friday, May 26th, to face the Southern Illinois Miners, starting a six game homestand. The gates open at 6pm for a 7:05pm first pitch at beautiful Wuerfel Park.  

Individual tickets are now available, 24/7 at, or by calling the box office at (231) 943-0100, Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

Upcoming Home Games

May 23rd 5:05 PM
Florence Freedom
May 24th 7:05 PM
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