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Beach Bums Take Early Lead to Beat Boomers

August 25, 2018 - Frontier League (FL) - Traverse City Beach Bums News Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL - The Traverse City Beach Bums'(41-47) had a seven run lead heading into the last three innings and were able to hang on against the Schaumburg Boomers(43-46), winning by a final score of 9-7, and taking the first two games of this weekend's three game series.

Will Kengor picked up the first run of the game as he blasted a two-out solo homer over the right field wall, his 11th of the season, in the first inning. In the second, Alec Olund led off with a walk then Ryan Kemp singled to center field. Josh Hauser followed with his own single, scoring Olund and moving Kemp to second. Orlando Rivera hit his own RBI single, scoring Kemp and advancing Hauser to third. Isaac Benard then drove in Hauser on a sacrifice fly for a 4-0 Bums lead.

With an out in the third, Olund doubled to right field and moved to third on a wild pitch. After Hauser walked, Orlando Rivera hit his third triple of the season, driving in two more runs for a six run advantage. Schaumburg picked up a couple of runs in the fifth on a two-run single by Zack Weigel but Traverse City extended the lead in the sixth. Orlando Rivera and Kengor walked then Luke Lowery cleared the bases with his ninth homer of the season, giving the Beach Bums a 9-2 lead.

Schaumburg was able to get three runs back in the seventh inning when Nick Oddo doubled in two runs then Weigel scored on a throwing error. In the ninth, Weigel hit a two-run homer over the right field wall, pulling Schaumburg within two. They would then put the tying runs on base and bring the potential winning run to the plate, but Dylan Jones' fly ball to Orlando Rivera sealed the game and the series for the Beach Bums.

Ken Knudsen picked up his second consecutive win on the mound to improve his record to 7-2. He went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks, and struck out four. Hendry Rodriguez suffered the loss in a short outing of two and two-thirds innings. He allowed six runs on five hits and five walks, dropping his record to 0-1. John Michael came into the game in the ninth to get the final out. Although he gave up a hit, he sealed his 15th save of the season.

On Sunday afternoon, the Beach Bums close out the road portion of the 2018 schedule as they play the series finale against the Boomers. Payton Lobdell starts for Schaumburg while Reinaldo Lopez gets the call for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 2pm and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 1:40. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at

The Beach Bums return home on Wednesday, August 29th against the Joliet Slammers. Wednesdays in 2018 are Double Header Nights, offering fans a chance to watch TWO games for the price of ONE! Gates open at 4:00pm -- First pitch set for 5:05pm. Arrive early to sign up for between inning contests and beat the lines! For information and tickets, go to or call the office at (231) 943-0100.

WUERFEL PARK -- Thursday, August 30th is the last Silver Slugger/Thrifty Thursday of the 2018 season. It will also be a doubleheader as the Beach Bums make up a game lost to weather in June. Come on out and join the fun! Gates open at 4:00pm -- First pitch set for 5:05pm. Arrive early to sign up for between inning contests and beat the lines! For information and tickets, go to or call the office at (231) 943-0100. The front office is open daily on non-gamedays, Monday through Friday at 8:30 am; the box office is open 1:00 PM to 6 PM. Fans may also book online through this website 24/7 however senior discount tickets must be purchased in person.

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