Adam Wheaton Shines, Growlers Win in Grand Rapids
Kalamazoo, MI – For just the second time in history, a Northwoods League game was played at a professional stadium. The Growlers played their US-131 rival the Traverse City Pit Spitters at LMCU Ballpark in Grand Rapids, Michigan. LMCU Ballpark is home of the Detroit Tigers High-A affiliate the West Michigan White Caps.
Mr. Growler Adam Wheaton got the start for the Growlers. Wheaton was dominant, pitching 7.2 innings with 7 strikeouts, no walks and allowing four runs. Wheaton earned the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night Award for his outing. The hot Growlers offense backed him up with seven runs of their own. Eddy Villegas drove in two runs, as did Luke Storm who now sits second in the Great Lakes Eats division in RBI. The win gave the Growlers their eighth win in nine games, and moved them into first place in the division. The Growlers return home tonight, June 23rd against Fond du Lac.
The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.