AVON, OH- The Traverse City Beach Bums(34-41) used two five-run innings to defeat the Lake Erie Crushers(40-36) in Friday’s series opener by a final score of 12-6.
With one out in the first, the Beach Bums were able to take an early lead. Isaac Benard smashed a liner off the pitcher for an infield hit and moved to third on a Will Kengor double. Steve Lohr dribbled a grounder towards third, scoring Benard.
In the second, Traverse City sent eight men to the plate, scoring five runs. Alec Olund started the offense with a one out double. Two batters later, Benard doubled in Olund to double the lead. After Will Kengor walked and Steve Lohr was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Alexis Rivera cranked a grand slam over the right field wall, his fifth homer of the season, for a 6-0 Bums lead.
Lake Erie responded with a big inning of their own in the bottom of the frame, sending nine men to the plate. Dalton Wheat hit an RBI single, Mason Brown drove in two with a single, and so did Dane Hutcheon, making it a 6-5 game.
The Beach Bums put together another big inning in the fourth, bringing 10 men the plate. Kengor hit a one out single, Lohr walked, then two batters later, Luke Lowery hit an RBI double to left. Connor Oliver followed with a three run homer against his former team, clearing the bases. Noah McGowan, Olund, and Ryan Kemp each hit singles, the last scoring another run for an 11-5 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Lake Erie got a run back on a Hutcheon RBI single. Kengor then led off the fifth with his third hit of the game then Luke Lowery drove him home with a bloop single into right field. From there, the bullpen only allowed a couple of hits the rest of the way, as the staff combined for twelve strikeouts.
Andrew Click came out of the bullpen for his first professional win for the Beach Bums. He went two and a third innings, only gave up one hit and walked one, evening his record to 1-1. Justin Sinibaldi suffered the loss to drop to 1-3 on the season. He went five innings, allowing 12 runs on 15 hits and four walks.
On Saturday night, the Beach Bums and Lake Erie Crushers play the middle game of this weekend’s three game set. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 5:45. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachBums.com.
On Wednesday, we at the Beach Bums are excited to partner with Fudge by Design to bring you this one of a kind experience, a fudge tasting party at the ballpark, as the Bums take on the Washington Wild Things in a double header. Enjoy not only two baseball games, but the sampling of any number of crazy fudge flavors. Amongst the 65 flavor offerings are fan favorites such as: Birthday Cake, Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt, and Chocolate Turtle. If you’re feeling a bit more daring you might try Maple Bacon, Root Beer Float, or even Chocolate Jalepeno! This is a night you and your taste buds will not soon forget! For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.