Bullfrogs blanked by Growlers in series finale
Kalamazoo, Mich. — After a heartbreaking defeat last night, the visiting Green Bay Bullfrogs (4-8) were shut-out for the second time this summer in a 3-0 defeat to the Kalamazoo Growlers (8-4) from Homer Stryker Field. The Bullfrogs left five runners in scoring position all with less than one out.
The Bullfrogs venture 30 minutes east tomorrow afternoon for the opener of a two-game series versus the Battle Creek Bombers. First pitch is slated for a 12:05 p.m. CT start from C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek, Mich. Fans can tune in to the live radio broadcast on WOCO Radio (107.1 FM, 1260 AM) or online at WOCO.Caster.FM.
Tate Soderstrom (Freshman, Univ. of Arizona) led the Green Bay offensive efforts with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, tallying a double and single. Rudy Aguilar (Sophomore, St. Johns), Collin Luty (Junior, Northern Kentucky) and Ethan Ibarra (Junior, St. Cloud State) each compiled the other three hits (all singles) for the Bullfrogs.
Exactly like last night, both teams were held scoreless for the first four and a half innings before a Kalamazoo lead-off solo home run put the Growlers ahead 1-0. Kalamazoo added to its advantage in the sixth on an pop-up infield single with two outs to make it a 2-0 contest. One inning later, Kalamazoo posted its final run of the night on another solo bomb in the seventh to stretch the deficit out to three runs.
Growlers starting pitcher Jeff Burch got the win, improving to 1-0. Tommy Sommer earned his first save of the season. Bullfrogs starter Leo Perez (Freshman, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) took the loss, falling to 1-1. Perez was dealing on the mound for Green Bay, allowing one earned run on just three hits with a season-high seven strikeouts in his second consecutive quality start.
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.