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Growlers Advance to Great Lakes Championship

Kalamazoo, MI – The Growlers are moving on! Monday night in Traverse City, the Growlers completed the two game sweep of the defending Northwoods League champs. Kalamazoo took down the Pit Spitters by a final score of 9 to 5.  The offense came alive last night. Two out rallies propelled the Growlers past Traverse City. The Growlers top five hitters in the lineup delivered. Both Ryan Dykstra and Alex Calarco drove in two runs last night. Antony Stephan continued to swing  a hot bat where he collected two more hits and an RBI. But it was Banks Tolley who who drove in four runs with both a double and a triple in the game. On the mound, Tanner Knapp went five innings giving up four runs. The Growlers bullpen shut the door from there. Tyler Johnson got the team out of a bases loaded jam in the 7th by surrendering only one run. Johnson pitched the final three innings where he secured the sweep on the Pit Spitters. Now the Growlers wait to see if they will travel to Wausau or Wisconsin Rapids for a winner-take-all Great Lakes East Championship game Wednesday night.



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 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.