PATRICK GOES BOOM AGAINST SCHAUMBURG
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Kendall Patrick hit his first homer
of the year, propelling the Traverse City Beach Bums (8-13) to a 5-4 win over the
Schaumburg Boomers (8-14). Alex King Photograph
Alex King Photograph
The Beach Bums brought nine men to the plate in the first inning, scoring four runs, to get off to a fast start. Ryan Bottger and Steven Patterson each singled, then Jose Vargas hit an RBI double to drive in Bottger. Will Kengor then followed with a 2 run single to right to bring in Patterson and Vargas. Kendall Patrick rounded out the big inning with an RBI single to center to plate Kengor.
After a scoreless
second, Schaumburg started to chip away at the lead. Starting off the comeback
in the third inning was Jordan Dean with a 2-run double that drove home Justin
Byrd and Josh Gardiner, cutting the Bums’ advantage in half. Ino Patron slammed
a triple into the right field gap with one out in the fourth, then, James Keller
drove him in with an RBI single to right, pulling Schaumburg within one. In the
sixth, Mikal Hill, Patron, and Keller each singled with one out to load the
bases. With a full count, Gardiner walked to tie the game at
Leading off the
eighth inning, Kendall Patrick stepped to the plate and rocked a 3-1 pitch deep
down the left field line. The only question was, fair or foul? After it cleared
the wall, the home plate umpire signaled fair ball and home run, to give the
Bums a 5-4 lead heading into the ninth.
Brockett came into the game for his first save attempt of the season and hurled
a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts. Benjamin Libuda went two innings of
relief to earn his first win of the season, not allowing a baserunner while
striking out one. Rob Blanc got the start and was solid through five innings. He
allowed three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out six. Ken Knudsen,
who gave up the Patrick homer, suffers the loss for his first decision of the
The Beach Bums and
Schaumburg Boomers battle again tomorrow for game two of this three game series.
Gunnar Kines will take the hill for Schaumburg and countering for the Beach Bums
is Kramer Champlin. 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
Tomorrow is Winning Wednesday at Wuerfel Park, where we guarantee a Beach Bums win. If they don’t fans may exchange their chairback seat ticket for another chairback ticket at a future Beach Bums home game.