Growlers Shutout Bullfrogs to Earn Fourth Straight Win
KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers completed their second game in the series against the Green Bay Bullfrogs 3-0, thanks to pitchers Jeff Burch and Tommy Sommer. The Growlers improved their record to 8-4 on the season while the Bullfrogs dropped to 4-8.
Paw Paw native Burch pitched three back-to-back strikeouts in the fourth inning, but it was a scoreless game until Kalamazoo ended the drought in the bottom of the fifth inning; when freshman Zach Daniels hit a home run, his second of the season.
Sullivan started the sixth inning with a walk, then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Baron Radcliff then stepped up to bat, made a hit, and when the Bullfrogs missed the catch, Jason Sullivan ran home. The Growlers went up 2-0.
Sommer entered the game in the seventh inning, and he struck out a Bullfrog. Austin Krzeminiski led the Growlers when he hit a home run past leftfield.
In the eighth inning, Sommer pitched another strikeout, his second of the game. Burch, in addition to his three strikeouts in the fourth inning, pitched one strike out each in the first and second innings.
This was the second shutout game for the Growlers this season, with the first against the Kenosha Kingfish earlier this week. Their next game will be away tomorrow against the Rockford Rivets and the team will return Tuesday to face the Wisconsin Woodchucks.
The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering 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, 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.growlersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.