TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(30-41) put up a three spot in the top of the first and held on to defeat the Normal Cornbelters(38-33), 5-3. The win ends a three game skid for the Bums and a nine game win streak for Normal.
With one out in the opening inning, Ryan Bottger hit a single to left then moved to second when Jose Vargas walked. Will Kengor stepped to the plate and laced an RBI single to right, to score Bottger. Two batters later, Elijah Trail knocked home Vargas and Kengor, giving the Beach Bums an early 3-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Cornbelters got on the board with four straight singles, the last two by Santiago Chirino and Aaron Dudley, each driving in runs, cutting the Bums’ lead to one. In the bottom of the inning, and with one away, Will Kengor doubled to right field. Steven Patterson then drove him in with an RBI double, his second of three doubles on the game, and the Beach Bums doubled their advantage.
Traverse City added to the offense in the sixth. After Kendall Patrick singled to left and Casey Rodrigue bunted him to second, Marcos Derkes drove him home with a grounds-rule double that hopped the right field wall. Normal got a run back in the top of the seventh with an RBI double by Aaron Dudley, but that was as close as they would come.
Kramer Champlin went wire-to-wire for his third complete game of the season. He allowed three runs, spreading out eleven hits, walking just one, while striking out five. He improves to 4-5 on the season. Mike Elwood gets the loss for Normal, going five innings and allowing four runs on seven hits and three walk, and fanning seven, falling to 1-2.
Tuesday night, the Beach Bums begin a three game series against the Windy City Thunderbolts at Wuerfel Park. It will be a battle of southpaws as Jake Fisher takes the hill for Windy City and Dylan Stoops starts for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 6:45pm, on 101.9- The Bay.
Don’t Forget- Coming up on Tuesday, August 9th, we wish a Happy Birthday to Suntan & Sunburn!! Join us as we celebrate your favorite bears’ birthday at the ballpark. Local mascots will be out to help us celebrate. It’s a party that will be fun for all!
The Beach Bums Box Office & Gift Shop are now open with non-gameday hours of 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturday. Wuerfel Park is closed on non-gameday Sundays. Stadium hours are extended on gamedays.
For more information, please to call the offices at 1-231-943-0100 or come on out to the park and say hello!