BEACH BUMS WIN WITH DUTTO BOMB IN NINTH
NORMAL, IL – It was a back and forth matchup for the second game of the season but the Traverse City Beach Bums(1-1) prevailed over the Normal Cornbelters(1-1), 8-7, as Max Dutto banged a lead-off solo homer over the right field wall in the final inning.
Iriart, who had three RBI the night before, started the scoring with a sacrifice
fly, in the first. With one out in the bottom of the third, Donald Glover Jr.
walked, Kenny Peoples-Walls singled, and Will Kengor walked, loading the bases
for Luke Lowery. In what would become a theme of the evening, Lowery fouled off
some tough pitches, eventually drawing the walk to even the score. A two-out mini-rally in the fourth gave the
Bums a 2-1 lead on a Max Dutto double and an RBI single by
brought eight to the plate in the sixth as the bats exploded. Isaac Benard led
off the top of the inning with a single then Kendall Patrick reached on an
error. Dutto moved them up to second and third with a sacrifice bunt bringing
Glover to the plate. He hit a grounder to deep short, scoring Benard. After
Peoples-Walls was walked to put runners on the corners, Will Kengor dribbled a
ground ball up the third base line, scoring Patrick. Luke Lowery followed with
an RBI double, extending the Beach Bums’ lead to 5-1.
bottom of the inning, Normal started with five hits in a row, including an RBI
single by Derek Loveless and a grand slam by Tanner Lubach, giving the
Cornbelters a 6-5 lead. Stephen Lohr led off the seventh with his second walk of
the game then moved to third on a infield hit by Dutto. Following a Glover walk,
Peoples-Walls gave Traverse City a 7-6 lead with a two-run single to center. The
lead was short-lived as Nick Cain led off the bottom of the inning with a solo
home run. Both teams went scoreless in the eighth, leading to the Dutto
game-winner in the ninth.
Coursen-Carr earned the win in relief for the Beach Bums, allowing one hit and
fanning one in a scoreless eighth inning of work. The Indiana native nabs his
first professional victory. Anthony Herrera limited the damage after giving up
the game-winning homer but suffered the loss to drop to 0-1. Matt Williams
induced three straight infield pop-ups to earn his first save of the
Bums and Cornbelters will lock up for the rubber game this weekend’s opening
series tomorrow night with a 7:05pm ET first pitch. Jordan Desguin takes the ball
for the Beach Bums and Billy Roth starts for Normal. Tom Willms will get the
broadcast going with the Budweiser Pre-Game Show at 6:45pm ET, exclusively on
The Beach Bums Home Opener is Wednesday, May 23rd, and you’ll get double the bang for your buck with a doubleheader against the Florence Freedom. Magnet schedules will be given out to the first 500 fans, so arrive early and don’t miss out! The gates open at 4pm with first pitch for game one set to begin at 5:05pm. For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.