Growlers battle back and head to extras to no avail
Kalamazoo, MI — The Kalamazoo Growlers scored four unanswered in regulation to force extra innings but fell 5-4 after 11 innings. The Green Bay Booyah and Growlers combined for eight errors.
Kalamazoo struggled early, registering four errors in the first two innings which led to four runs for Green Bay. Matt McDonald (Lamar University) reached on a throwing error by Jacob Hoover (Hillsdale) in the first at bat of the ballgame, and later scored on another error by starting pitcher Braydon Nelson (St. Bonaventure).
The Booyah tacked on another three runs in the second, extending their lead to 4-0. The Growlers scored their first run in the bottom of the second, on an RBI single by Hunter Thorn (Purdue NW). Kalamazoo then crept back slowly, scoring one run in the fifth on an RBI single from Shea Kramer (Utah), an RBI double from Fox Leum (North Iowa Area CC) in the seventh, and Thorn scored on a wild pitch by Chandler Ingram (Montevallo) in the eighth.
In relief, Alex McCutcheon (Huntington) and Michael Dunkelberger (Indiana University) pitched three scoreless innings and a combined four strikeouts to send the game to extra innings.
In the top of the 11th, Max Bain (Northwood) gave up a single which put now two runners aboard for the Booyah. Bain then struck out Ty Herrenbruck (Pittsburg St.), which put two outs on the board for Kalamazoo. The righty then gave up two straight walks which loaded the bases and scored the game-winning run for Green Bay, respectively.
The Growlers did not get a hit in the bottom half of the inning, but Brooks Coetzee (Notre Dame) was hit by a pitch with two outs and put a runner on first and second. Noah Marcoux (Davenport University) grounded out to first base to end the game.
The final game of the series continues tomorrow at 7:05 on the Northwoods League Baseball Network and Mixlr.
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