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Growlers drop the series finale to Green Bay

Kalamazoo, MI — The visiting Green Bay Booyah (3-1) posted a crooked number in the opening frame to grab the early lead and never looked back, cruising to an 11-4 win over the host Kalamazoo Growlers (1-3) from Homer Stryker Field Friday evening.

The Booyah got off to another quick start in the first inning to take an early 4-0 advantage. The inning began with a pair of RBI singles followed by a couple of run-scoring walks to put the visitors up early. Kalamazoo answered in the bottom frame as Joel Brewer (South Carolina) scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 4-1.

The Growlers soon cut the lead in half on a RBI double from Shea Kramer (Utah) to trim the margin in half at 4-2. Neither scored for the next two innings before the Booyah opened the offensive floodgates with a four-run sixth to stretch the lead to 8-2. A two-run shot by Mike Ferri got the inning started followed by a Matt McDonald solo shot on the very next batter to make it 7-2. A RBI double by Nick Kreutzer capped the frame.

Green Bay added more offensive damage with three runs in the seventh inning on a RBI single and two-run homer to extend the advantage to 11-2. The Kalamazoo bats continued to fight in the home half of the eighth inning with a two-run double provided by Kramer to make it an 11-4 game. It would not be enough as the Booyah held on for the victory to sweep the two-game series.

Growlers reliever Andrew Verbrugge (Hillsdale College) took the loss, falling to 0-1. Green Bay starting pitcher Will Saxton got the win in his first start of the summer, improving to 1-0.

The Kalamazoo Growlers hit the road for the first time in the 2019 campaign, traveling west to Simmons Field in Kenosha, WI to face the Kenosha Kingfish. First pitch is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start.

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