BENARD PROVIDES 12TH INNING MAGIC AS BUMS TAKE SERIES VS EVANSVILLE
TRAVERSE CITY, MI- For the second consecutive game, the Traverse City Beach Bums(7-8) and Evansville Otters(8-7), locked up in a low-scoring contest but, tonight it was the Beach Bums who came out on top by a final score of 2-1 in 12 innings.
Evansville put a notch on
the scoreboard first, in the second inning, when Brandon Dulin singled in Jeff
Gardner for a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, Steve Lohr led off with an infield single
then moved to second when Donald Glover Jr. singled. With two outs, Arby Fields
hit a base hit to right field, scoring Lohr to tie the
Both teams had numerous
opportunities to gain the lead but no one could do it in the regulation nine
innings. Neither team threatened in the tenth, but in the 11th, the
Beach Bums had Glover Jr. At third with one out but a failed suicide squeeze
killed the rally. In the top of the 12th, Travis Harrison was on
third for Evansville but he was gunned down at the plate by Kenny Peoples-Walls.
Finally, in the bottom of the inning, with Max Dutto at second and one out,
Isaac Benard hit soft single to left to win the game.
John Michael Knighton was
fantastic in pitching the last three innings, allowing just one hit while
striking out three to improve to 3-1. Kyano Cummings survived the
11th but not the 12th, giving up the winning unearned run
and dropped his record to 0-2. With the win, the Beach Bums take the weekend
series from Evansville, two games to one.
The Beach Bums take Memorial Day
off before heading to Sprenger Stadium in Avon, OH, to start a three game series
against the Lake Erie Crushers. First pitch for all three games will be at
6:35pm and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame
show, at 6:15pm. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at
When the Beach Bums return to Traverse City on Friday, we will be celebrating National Donut Day at Wuerfel Park. Peach, Love, and Little Donuts will be providing their tasty tiny treats for purchase up on the concourse. 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.