PITCHING SHINES AS BEACH BUMS END SKID
TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- In the first game of a six-game homestand, the Traverse City Beach Bums(10-14) came home in style with a 3-2 win over the Windy City Thunderbolts(9-14).
After a scoreless first inning, Windy City took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second with an RBI single by Ransom LaLonde. The Beach Bums tied the game in the third thanks to four straight walks issued to Kenny Peoples-Walls, Max Dutto, Arby Fields, and Isaac Benard. Larry Balkwill led off the fourth for the Bolts with a solo homer to regain the lead at 2-1. It was his third of the season.
In the bottom of the fifth, with one away, Benard smashed a double into left field then moved to second on a groundout. Luke Lowery followed by ripping his own double into right, scoring Benard and tying the game at two. Steve Lohr continued with an RBI single up the middle, giving Traverse City the lead. Windy City threatened to score in the eighth and ninth but they were shut down to preserve the win, ending a season-long six game losing streak by the Beach Bums.
Jordan Desguin earned the win for Traverse City with a five inning effort, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, while fanning seven. He improves to 3-0. Jake Roehn suffered the loss in giving up two runs on three hits and two walks for his first decision of the season. John Michael Knighton earned a six out save for his third of the season, picking up three strike outs in the process.
The Beach Bums and Thunderbolts once again get together tonight for the second game of this weekend's three game series. Zac Westcott starts for Windy City and Adam Cornwell gets the ball for the Beach Bums. First pitch will be at 7:05pm and tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 6:45pm. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachBums.com.
All active or retired military and first responders, thank you! Saturdays at Wuerfel Park are just for you. We have set aside these games to personally show our support and thanks to the real heroes who serve this country. All military and first responders receive chairback tickets for just five dollars. Plus, we will celebrate you all game long. For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.