BEACH BUMS FALL TO NORMAL ON OPENING DAY
IL – Although, the Traverse City
Beach Bums(0-1) out hit the Normal Cornbelters(1-0), it was the Cornbelters who
picked up the win by a final score of 11-6.
offenses got their seasons started quickly with each team tallying first inning
runs. With two outs in the top of the frame, two-time All-Star Will Kengor
blasted a solo home run through the driving winds, giving the Bums an early
lead. Normal responded with an RBI double by Chris Iriart. Then, in the second,
Justin Fletcher bopped a triple to right, and then scored on an error to give
the Cornbelters the lead. Iriart added another RBI double in the third, along
with RBI singles by Andrew Godbold and Derrick Loveless, extending the Bums’
deficit to 5-1.
Rivera led off the top of the fourth with a double for his second hit of the
game, and then scored three batters later when Stephen Lohr singled him home.
The Beach Bums continued to chip away at the Normal lead in the fifth when
Donald Glover Jr. reached second on an error and scored on Kengor’s RBI double
to right, pulling the within two. The Cornbelters once again pulled away in the
bottom of the inning, putting up four runs. Iriart hit his third RBI double then
scored on Loveless’ two-run homer, with Tanner Lubach later scoring on an error
to make it a 9-3 game.
added another run in the seventh with a solo home run that cleared the right
field wall. Then, Fletcher was hit by a pitch and scored on a wild pitch, giving
the Beach Bums an eight run mountain to climb. In the top of the eighth, Kendall
Patrick led off with a single to center then moved to second on Lohr’s single.
Jason Heinrich reached on a fielder’s choice, with Patrick moving to third,
setting up Glover Jr. To drive Kendall home with a double. Kenny Peoples-Walls
followed with a double of his own, driving in two runs, but that’s where the
Sebald went six innings to earn the opening day win for the Cornbelters. He
allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings while striking out two. Reinaldo
Lopez got the call for the Beach Bums but suffered the loss after giving up
seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.
The Beach Bums and Cornbelters will play game two of this three game opening weekend series tomorrow night with an 8:05pm first pitch. Leftie John Havird takes the hill for the Beach Bums and Matt Portland starts for Normal. Tom Willms will get the night started with the Budweiser pre-game show at 7:45pm, exclusively on TCBeachBums.com (link says LISTEN TO THE GAMES LIVE).
The Beach Bums' home opener is Wednesday, May 23rd. Fans will be able to get double the bang for their 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.
Photograph: Hometown fans support their team in a Beach Bums file photo.