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Published On: June 7th, 2019



June 6, 2019

Contact: Jackson Kaplan, Kalamazoo Growlers

Growlers fall short at Battle Creek

Kalamazoo, MI — The Kalamazoo Growlers (6-4) saw their five-game win streak come to an end in a frustrating 4-3 defeat to the host Battle Creek Bombers (3-7) from C.O. Brown Stadium Thursday evening. The Bombers snap their five-game losing streak as well.

The Growlers sprint to an early 2-0 lead in the opening frame on a two-run single by Brooks Coetzee (Notre Dame). Battle Creek answered immediately in the ensuing frame with three runs on three walks to take a 3-2 advantage. The Bombers added an insurance tally in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly to stretch the lead to 4-2. All four runs scored for the Bombers came without a hit.

Kalamazoo got within one run on a lead-off bomb from Fox Leum (North Iowa Area CC) to cut the deficit to 4-3. The Growlers had the tying run at third base with two outs in the ninth inning, but a deep fly out by Leum ended the game as the Bombers escaped with a one-run victory.

The Growlers out-hit the opposition 9-7 led by Shea Kramer (Utah) who went 3-for-5 at the plate, while Clay Owens (USC) was 2-for-5 at the plate in just second game this season.

Kalamazoo starting pitcher Dion Henderson (TCU) took the loss, falling to 0-1. Bombers reliever Pablo Arevalo earned the win, improving to 1-0. Burrell Jones earned his first save of the summer for Battle Creek.

The Kalamazoo Growlers look to bounce back tomorrow night as they hit the road for a two-game series against the Rockford Rivets. First pitch is slated for a 7:35 p.m. ET start from Rivets Stadium in Loves Park, Ill.


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