JOLIET, IL- The Traverse City Beach Bums(16-20) picked up their third win in a row, tonight in come-from-behind fashion, defeating the Joliet Slammers(20-17) by a final score of 3-2, ending the Slammers' ten game win streak. 

After a scoreless first, Joliet got on the board on a bases-loaded walk issued to Ridge Hoopii-Haslam. Noah McGowan led off the third and promptly lined the first pitch he saw to center for the first hit of his professional career. Arby Fields followed with a walk and both runners moved up 90 feet to second and third on Isaac Benard’s groundout. Will Kengor tied the game with an RBI single to drive in McGowan.

The Slammers retook the lead in the fifth on an RBI infield single by Trey Fulton. With one out in the eighth, Fields reached on an infield hit then stole second. Kengor reached on a fielder’s choice putting runners on the corners with two outs. After a pitching change, Luke Lowery rocked a fly ball to deep left field. Fields and Kengor both scored and Lowery was on at second with a two-run double, giving the Beach Bums the lead for good. 

Both starting pitchers, John Havird and Shane Bryant, were solid but were left out of the decisions. Kenneth Knudsen earned the win for the Beach Bums to improve to 2-0 after he hurled the seventh inning, allowing a hit and a walk. Skylar Jannisse suffered the loss, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. He falls to 0-1.  John Michael Knighton pitched the ninth for his fifth save of the season. 

On Saturday, the Beach Bums and Joliet Slammers get together for the second game of this weekend’s three game series. Liam O’Sullivan goes for the Slammer and Justin Finan starts for the Beach Bums. First pitch for tomorrow’s series opener is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 6:45pm. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachBums.com 

The Beach Bums return home on Wednesday, June 27th with a doubleheader against the Lake Erie Crushers. It will be two seven-inning games. That’s two games for the price of one!! Gates open at 4pm for a 5:05 start. For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.