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Growlers fall 6-5 in back and forth game in Green Bay

Green Bay WI- The Growlers drop another game in heartbreaking fashion as the Green Bay Bullfrogs take game one 6-5.

The Bullfrogs would get to Growlers starter Ryan Johnson (Lamar) early in the bottom of the first scoring two runs one on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded as the Bullfrogs started their days at the plate with three straight singles. 

The Growlers would get one back in the top of the second on a throwing error by Bullfrogs starter Jared Tobey (Wayne State) on a bunt by Kyle Ziegler (Northwood) that allowed Javier Martinez (Northwood) to score from second after he doubled earlier in the inning, 2-1 Bullfrogs.

Fast forward to the top of the fifth with the Growlers trailing 3-2. Jeff Reidel (Ball State) led off the inning with a double to left field and Matt Koehler (Western Carolina) singled up the middle to score Riedel and tie the game at three.

The score would remain tied this time at 4 until the ninth inning as both teams traded runs in the sixth. Ryan Mergener (Wayne State) came up big with an RBI single to score Matt Koehler from second who led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Jason Sullivan (Central Michigan) to give the Growlers a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

The Bullfrogs would rise to the occasion with Drew Huff (MTSU) looking to close it out as Troy Johnston (Gonzaga) led off the inning with a solo shot to right center to tie the game at 5. Fast forward one batter and with one out Willie Bourbon (Northwestern) wins the game with a solo shot to right field.

The Growlers look to snap a 5 game skid tomorrow in the last game of this 4 game road trip. First pitch is set for 7:05 CT time at Joannes Stadium.


The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  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.​