Kenosha, Wisc.- It all came down to one pitch in the top of the 9th inning for the Kalamazoo Growlers in Kenosha ,WI on Sunday afternoon, as the Growlers had runners on second and third with Troy Montgomery (Ohio State) down to his last strike. Montgomery promptly lined a single to right field, scoring Grant VanPutten (Calvin College) and Jesse Puscheck (Canasius College) with the tying runs. The Growlers enjoyed a 3-1 lead earlier in the game before Kenosha scored four runs n the 3rd inning and took their first lead before the dramatic hit by Montgomery.
However Kenosha still had three more outs with at bats in the bottom of the 9th. They would not dissapoint the Simmons Field crowd of 2277, as a bases loaded walk off reliever Josh Buchalski (Michigan State ) gave Kenosha the walk off victory and a sweep of the series. Buchalski took his first loss of the year. Ryan Lidge powered his way to a four hit, three RBI night for the Growlers, and lead an offense who outhit the Kingfish 15 to 7 on the night. The Growlers slip to 12-21 on the year. Kalamazoo finishes up the first half of the 2014 season with a day-night doubleheader and host Battle Creek in the first game, a noon start at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo, MI. The nightcapgame commences at 7:05pm at C.O. Brown Stadiumin Battle Creek, MI. Great Growler tickets are still available all season long at kzgrowlersbaseball.com.
The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit http://www.growlersbaseball.com