TWO BIG INNINGS BLAST BUMS TO BLOWOUT WIN
AVON, OH -- The Traverse City Beach Bums(9-8) scored three runs in the third and six runs in the sixth to win their third game in a row. Tonight, they defeated the Lake Erie Crushers(10-7), 9-2.
After a scoreless first inning, Lake Erie got on the board first with an RBI triple by Aaron Hill. The Beach Bums responded in the top of the inning, starting with an infield single by Arby Fields. Two batters later, Will Kengor showed off some opposite field power with a two run bomb to left-center, his second homer of the season, giving the Beach Bums a 2-1 lead. Luke Lowery followed with a single, stole second, then scored on a Steve Lohr single, doubling their advantage.
Lake Erie pulled within one in the fifth inning when Dane Hutcheon drove in a run on a fielders choice. Once again, the response was immediate from the Beach Bums. Lohr walked to lead off the following half inning and Max Dutto followed with an infield hit, but the runner moved to second and third on a throwing error. Kenny Peoples-Walls came to the plate and drove in Lohr with a single to make it a 4-2 game. Orlando Rivera and Fields each walked, the latter coming with the bases loaded, extending the lead to three. Up came Isaac Benard, and he rocketed a grand slam over the left field wall, his second homer of the season.
John Havird picked up his first win of the season, with a stellar eight inning performance. He gave up one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out eight, to improve to 1-1. Alex Romero is dealt the loss, dropping to 2-2. He went into the sixth, allowing seven runs on 10 hits and four walks.
Tonight, the Beach Bums and Crushers finish up this weeks' three game set with Traverse City looking for the sweep. On the mound for Lake Erie will be Sean Renzi, while the Beach Bums go with Jordan Desguin. First pitch 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 TCBeachBums.com.
When the Beach Bums return to Traverse City on Friday, we will be celebrating National Donut Day at Wuerfel Park. Peace, 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.