THRILLING FINISH CAPS EXTRA INNING WIN FOR BEACH BUMS

TRAVERSE CITY, MI- The Traverse City Beach Bums(5-7), trailed early to the Florence Freedom(8-4), but clawed back to win in 11 innings, by a final score of 4-3.  

The Freedom took an early 3-0 lead after the first inning on a Jose Brizuela sacrifice fly and a Nick Crouse two-run single. In the second, Luke Lowery led off with a double then two batters later, Steve Lohr drove him home with a double of his own. The Beach Bums pulled within one in the fourth when Kenny Peoples-Walls reached on a fielder’s choice then score on a Kengor RBI double. Traverse City tied the game in the eighth on a Kengor RBI single, scoring Max Dutto, who doubled to lead off the inning. 

Three times in the game, the Beach Bums had a chance to add runs, but had runners cut down at the plate in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings. In the bottom of the 11th, with the internation tie-breaker rule in effect, Kengor was place on second. After Lowery walked, Donald Glover Jr slapped a liner to first. It careened off of the first baseman’s glove into shallow right field, allowing Kengor to score, sending Beach Bums Nation into a frenzy.  

The bullpen starred for the Beach Bums hurling nine and 1/3 scoreless innings. Sam Burton, Will Coursen-Carr, Matt Williams, and John Michael Knighton, combined to allow just three hits while striking out nine. Knighton earned the win, going the last three innings, to improve to 2-1. Jameson McGrane suffered the loss for Florence. 

With tonight’s win, the Beach Bums salvage the finale of this week’s three game set. They’ll start another home series, tomorrow night, against the Evansville Otters. Starting for Evansville is Tyler Vail and the Beach Bums will send Jordan Desguin to the hill. First pitch is at 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call at TCBeachBums.com, starting with the Budweiser pregame show at 6:45pm. 

On Saturday night, it’s our annual Some Gave All Memorial Day commemoration. We will honor all of the heroes who did not return. The night will feature a pregame ceremony honoring veterans and we’ll be giving out American flag pins to wear throughout the night. Saturdays in 2018  are also Salute to Soldiers and First Responder nights. All active or retired military and first responders receive chairback ticket for just five bucks. For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.