TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Windy City Thunderbolts(45-38) scored four in the third inning and didn’t look back on their way to a 5-2 win over the Traverse City Beach Bums(32-49). They win this weekend’s series, two game to one. 

After two scoreless innings, Coco Johnson got the Thunderbolts on the board with an RBI single. With the bases loaded, Larry Balkwill cleared them with a three-run double. In the fifth, Balkwill drove in another run with a double to make it 5-0. With one out in the sixth, Steven Patterson, Luke Lowery, and Alexis Rivera hit singles, with Rivera’s driving in the Bums’ first run of the game. Orlando Rivera beat out on infield hit in the eighth, then Patterson moved him to third on a single. Two batters later, Alexis Rivera hit another RBI single, to pull Traverse City within three. 

Zac Westcott had a solid start for Windy City to improve his record to 7-4. He allowed a run on six hits and two walks through seven innings. Brian Bayliss made it through six and allowed all five runs on six hits and four walks. He falls to 2-5. Brian Loconsole hurled a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his 27th save of the year. 

The Beach Bums hit the road for their longest trip of the season, 11 games in 10 days, starting on Tuesday night at Sprenger Stadium in Avon, OH. It will be the completion of the suspended game from August 10th against the Lake Erie Crushers, followed by a full seven-inning game. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05pm and the voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms, will go on the air with the Budweiser pre-game show at 4:45 on 101.9FM-The Bay. 

Calling all Michiganders!! Do you enjoy hunting, fishing, or simply being outside? On Friday, September 1st, we are celebrating the great outdoors of Northern Michigan. Wear your camo out to the ballpark for half-off tickets and enjoy a great game of baseball, plus try your luck at some fantastic giveaways. It’s your chance to win a “Kayak, Bike and Brew” tour for two, courtesy of TC Kayak, Bike and Brew. Also, it’s our final Fantastic Fireworks Friday of the 2017 season!! 

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, on non-game days, and from 10am until the seventh inning on game days.

Upcoming Home Games

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