Bullfrogs face Growlers in first of four-game Michigan stretch
Kalamazoo, Mich. — The Green Bay Bullfrogs (4-6) commence their four-game road trip to the state Michigan this weekend, starting with a Friday night match-up against the host Kalamazoo Growlers (6-4) from Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo. The Growlers are in a three-way tie for second place in the Northwoods League South division standings, while the Bullfrogs are tied for fifth.
First pitch is slated for a 6:05 p.m. CT start. Fans can tune in to the live radio broadcast on WOCO (107.1 FM, 1260 AM) or online at WOCO.Caster.FM. Follow us on Twitter (@GBBullfrogs) for live updates throughout the game.
Blaise Maris (Sophomore, Florida Tech) and Jake Munoz (Sophomore, Univ. of San Francisco) lead the Bullfrog offensive attack with averages of .355 and .300, respectively. Maris leads the team with 11 hits, tallying one double and five RBIs in his scorching start to the summer. Munoz has nine hits with one home run and three runs driven in.
Cooper Morrison (Sophomore, UC Davis) ranks second on the Bullfrog batting charts with 10 hits and also places first with 10 runs scored on the young season. The future UC Davis Aggie also has compiled two doubles and a triple with three RBIs. Leo Perez (Freshman, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) hits .292 (7-for-24), while Collin Luty (Junior, Northern Kentucky) holds a .273 clip (6-for-22). Rudy Aguilar (Sophomore, St. Johns) and Riley Mihalik (Junior, Rider Univ.) both lead the Frogs with six RBIs each.
On the mound, right-hander Tyler Rosas (Junior, Dixie State) leads all relievers with an even 2.00 ERA through nine innings of work with 10 strikeouts. Rosas has tallied six straight scoreless frames in last two appearances.
The Bullfrogs enter tonight’s contest following an impressive 6-1 comeback home victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks from Joannes Stadium Thursday evening. After Lakeshore took the 1-0 lead in the sixth inning, Green Bay answered with a crucial offensive push. Down to their final strike with two outs in the seventh, the Bullfrogs rallied with six runs on six consecutive hits to grab the 6-1 advantage.
The Kalamazoo Growlers come off a two-game series sweep over the Kenosha Kingfish on the road Wednesday and Thursday night, winning by final scores of 7-0 and 7-5. The two-run win yesterday took 11 innings for the Growlers to pull out the victory. Kalamazoo hits .235 as a team with outfielder Baron Radcliff leading the charge with a .368 average (7-for-19) with one double and a RBI. Infielder Parker Murdie holds a .333 clip (11-for-31) with three runs driven in.
Green Bay righty Colby Morris (Junior, Middlebury College) is the projected starter for tonight’s contest, making his third overall appearance and second start of the summer on the bump. Morris holds a 0-1 record with a perfect 0.00 ERA with two strikeouts in six innings of work.
The Green Bay Bullfrogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.greenbaybullfrogs.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bullfrogs as your favorite team.