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Growlers’ Comeback Falls Short in Loss

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Growlers' bats continued to struggle tonight following the four game road trip as they fell to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters by a score of 6-3. 

The Rafters got on the board quickly in this one due to a two-run home run in the top of the first inning by Joey Morgan that Demetrius Sims also scored on. Sims also crossed the plate in the third inning for the third run of the game on a Dustin Woodcock ground out. 

This one got out of hand for Kalamazoo in the top of the sixth inning when Ben Fisher sent a 3-1 fastball over the left field wall and extended Wisconsin Rapids' lead to 6-0. Woodcock and Patrick Cromwell also scored on the home run. 

Kalamazoo's bats finally started to come to life in the eighth inning. Camden Duzenack followed up Tre Gantt's leadoff double with a doulbe of his own to bring in the Growlers' first run of the game. David Hensley drew a bases loaded walk later in the frame to bring in Duzenack to cut the deficit to 6-2. 

The Growlers threatened again with runners in the ninth inning, which started with Gantt getting on with one out on an error by Luke Petterson. Connor Kopach came through for Kalamazoo with a double to follow up the error and drive Gantt in. The hitting for the Growlers halted once they loaded the bases and the come back bid came up just short. 

Seven newcomers were in the Kalamazoo lineup tonight, as they added over ten new players prior to tonight's contest. 

These two teams will be back in action tomorrow afternoon for Pups and Pops Day at Homer Stryker Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. EDT on Father's Day. Jacob Piechota (WMU) will be making his Growlers debut on the mound. 

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