BEACH BUMS TAKE SERIES IN NORMAL WITH COMEBACK WIN
IL –Traverse City Beach Bums(2-1) went into the eighth trailing by
two but pulled ahead with three in the inning and held on to beat the Normal
Cornbelters(1-2), by a final score of 5-4. With tonight’s win, the Beach Bums
have won their opening series for the first time since the 2015 championship
Unlike the previous two games of
the series, it took a few innings for runs to be put on the board. It started in
the fourth when, with one out, Luke Lowery walked and stole second. Two batters
later, Kenny Peoples-Walls hit a two-run blast, giving the Beach Bums the lead.
Normal didn’t wait too long to respond as they took the lead in the fifth. It
was a bases-loaded walk issued to Chris Iriart, an RBI groud-out by Andrew
Godbold, and an RBI single by Tanner Lubach that gave the Cornbelters a 3-2
Derek Loveless added an RBI
single in the seventh for an insurance run but Traverse City wasn’t done.
Orlando Rivera led off the eighth by getting a hard-earned walk. Will Kengor
followed and rocketed a deep fly ball off of the top of the right field wall for
a double to score Orlando. Lowery tied the game up right after with a single up
the middle to plate Kengor, then Lowery took second on the errant throw home.
After Alexis Rivera moved Lowery to third with a grounder, Peoples-Walls drove
him home with a single to center, giving the Beach Bums the lead for
The Frontier League’s first pick
in this year’s draft, John Michael Knighton, came in to pitch in the seventh and
hurled two solid innings of relief for the win. He allowed two hits and a walk
while fanning one. Jose Savinon gave up all three runs in the eighth, on three
hits and a walk, in a losing effort. For the second straight night, Matt
Williams pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
After the off-day tomorrow, the
Beach Bums will trek to suburban St. Louis to take on the River City Rascals in
a three game series. Scott Grist starts for River City while RHP Adam Cornwell
will go for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35pm(EDT) and Tom
Willms will start the broadcast at 7:15 with the Budweiser pregame show. You can
hear the game at TCBeachBums.com.
Opening night 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.