THIRD STRAIGHT BUMS COMEBACK THWARTED IN EXTRA INNINGS
AVON, OH -- The Traverse City Beach Bums(9-9) came back from a three run deficit in the late going but fell to the Lake Erie Crushers(11-7), in 11 innings, by a final score of 6-5.
After a scoreless first three innings, Lake Erie broke through in the fourth on an RBI triple by Dane Hutcheon. The Crushers made it 3-0 in the fifth when Dalton Wheat hit a solo homer, and Cameron Newell hit an RBI single. With one out in the seventh, Steve Lohr and Donald Glover Jr. each reached base on back-to-back infield singles. Max Dutto followed with a double to drive in the first Bums run. Lake Erie responded in the bottoms of the inning, on an RBI groundout by Hutcheon to make it a 4-1 game.
In the eight inning, Arby Fields led off by smacking his first home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field fence, to pull Traverse City within one. Will Kengor walked later in the inning, then Luke Lowery swatted a two run shot to left, his first long ball of the year, to tie the game at four. In the 11th, with the tie-breaker rule in effect, Lohr doubled in Lowery for the Bums first lead of the game. In the bottom of the inning, Bryan De La Rosa scored two with a single down the left field line to end the game.
Max Biedrzycki got the final out of the 11th inning for the Crushers to earn the win and improve to 1-0. John Michael Knighton suffered the loss, going three innings, but giving two runs in the final frame. He falls to 3-2 in the season.
Tonight, the Beach Bums return home to start a three game series against their division rivals, the Joliet Slammers. The Slammers send Duke von Schamann to the hill while the Beach Bums counter with Seth Brenner. 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.
In honor of National Donut Day, Wuerfel Park with be partnering with Peace, Love, and Little Donuts, who will be providing their tasty treats for purchase up on the concourse at tonight's game. They have over 70 different creations so you can try a classic like Cherry Cheesecake, or something unexpected like Dirt, which is loaded with Oreos and a gummy worm. Gates open at 6pm for a first pitch of 7:05pm. Make sure to arrive early to sign up for our between inning contests. For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.