BEACH BUMS SWEPT IN DOUBLE HEADER
TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- The Traverse City Beach Bums(30-31) dropped both ends of a double header tonight against the Lake Erie Crushers(35-27) by scores of 8-0 and 4-3.
In game one, Lake Erie got on the board first when Dane Hutcheon scored on a double play for a 1-0 lead. From there, they didn't look back as the Crushers sent nine men to the plate in the second. Dalton Wheat scored on a fielder's choice, Dane Hutcheon drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, Sean Hurley hit a two-run double, and Cody Lenahan hit an RBI double, for a six run lead. Two more runs were added in the third when Mason Brown scored on an error and Hutcheon hit an RBI double.
Mason Klotz gets the complete game shutout victory, allowing just two hits and a walk in seven innings of work. He improves to 3-3. Luke DeVenney suffers the loss as he gives up eight runs on seven hits and four walks in six innings, falling to 0-1.
In game two, it was the Beach Bums who struck first. Orlando Rivera and Isaac Benard walked to start off the game, then Will Kengor drove them both home with a double to left-center field for a 2-0 advantage. In the fourth, Lake Erie snatched the lead back on a three run homer by Joel McKeithan. Cody Lenahan added a solo shot to double the lead to 4-2.
Connor Oliver led off the sixth with a single into right field then moved to third when Noah McGowan hit an infield single and the pitcher threw the ball in to centerfield. Two batters later, pinch-hitter Ryan Kemp dropped a single into right field, scoring Oliver to pull the Beach Bums within one but that is as close as they would come.
Sean Renzi earned the win for Lake Erie, going five and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out 12. He improves to 7-4. John Havird is dealt the loss after five innings of work to drop to 3-6. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six. Logan Lombana earned his fourth save with a perfect seventh inning.
Tonight, the Beach Bums and Lake Erie Crushers conclude this week's three-game series. Alex Romero gets the start for Lake Erie and Reinaldo Lopez goes for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 6:45. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachBums.com.
The Traverse City Beach Bums have teamed up with Rock CF and The Bonnell Foundation to dedicate tonight's game to spreading awareness of Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is an incurable, life threatening disorder that affects more than 30,000 Americans, more than 70,000 world-wide, and is very prevalent in children. So join us tonight for fun, baseball, and most of all, to help us spread awareness! The first 250 fans to arrive at Wuerfel Park will receive a Rock CF and Bonnell Foundation koozie. Gates open at 6:00pm -- First pitch is set for 7:05pm. For more information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.