Growlers fall to the Booyah in series finale
Ashwaubenon, WI. — The visiting Kalamazoo Growlers (22-19, 6-3) were unable to overcome another offensive clinic as the host Green Bay Booyah (20-24, 5-3) complete the two-game series sweep with an 18-8 victory at Capital Capital Credit Union Park Wednesday night.
Kalamazoo’s offense was off and running in the second with back-to-back homers on a two-run blast by Clay Owens (USC) and a solo shot from Jake Topolski (Duke) to give the Growlers an early 3-0 advantage. In the third, Zack Gelof (Virginia) drilled a two-run homer to extend the lead to 5-0.
Green Bay answered in the bottom of the third as Jacob Buchberger scored from third base on a double play to make it 5-1 in favor of Kalamazoo. In the fourth frame, a RBI double and single from Booyah cut the deficit down to 5-3 followed by the game-tying two-run single from Cooper Morrison to knot the score at 5-5.
The Growlers quickly took back the lead in the fifth as Rudy Maxwell (Duke) smoked a RBI triple to put Kalamazoo ahead 6-5. Green Bay’s bats then took off in the bottom frame as a two-run shot by Joe Mason gave the Booyah their first lead of the contest at 7-6. Green Bay added two more runs to stretch the margin to 9-6.
The Booyah were not done at the plate, opening up the offensive floodgates with nine runs on five hits in the sixth inning to take a commanding 18-6 advantage. Kalamazoo scratched across the last two runs in the ninth, but it was not enough as the Growlers drop the 10-run decision.
Growlers relief pitcher David Toth (Hillsdale College) took the loss, falling to 1-2. Booyah reliever Chandler Ingram earned the win, improving to 2-1.
The Kalamazoo Growlers return home to Homer Stryker Field for a doubleheader against the Kenosha Kingfish. The first game will be a continuation of the suspended contest from July 2, picking up in the bottom of the fourth inning with Kenosha leading 1-0. First pitch is slated for 5:05 p.m. The second game will start at approximately 7:05 p.m. and will be seven innings.
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