Kalamazoo, MI — Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Kalamazoo Growlers (11-12) plate three straight runs in the bottom of the sixth and eighth innings to complete a 3-2 comeback victory over the visiting Kenosha Kingfish (8-15) from Homer Stryker Field Wednesday evening. The Growlers split the two-game series with Kenosha.
The Kingfish struck first in the second inning on a RBI single from Zachary Nogalski to give the visitors an early 1-0 advantage. Kenosha added an insurance run in the sixth as Mitchell Buban scored on a stolen base to stretch the margin to 2-0.
In the ensuing frame, Kalamazoo commenced its comeback trail with a clutch two-out, two-run single by Rudy Maxwell (Duke) to knot the score at 2-2. The Growlers soon grabbed their first and only lead of the contest in the eighth on a Gabe Rivera (Univ. of Miami) RBI single to give Kalamazoo a 3-2 edge.
Kalamazoo’s pitching staff was stellar once again, allowing no earned runs through the entirety of the ballgame in the combined effort of starter Michael Paredes (San Diego State), along with relievers DJ Moore (Huntington Univ.) and Eamon Horwedel (Ohio University). Paredes allowed just three hits with a season-high eight strikeouts. Moore earned his second win of the season, while Horwedel secured his third save.
The Kalamazoo Growlers remain at home tomorrow evening, opening up a two-game series versus the first-place Kokomo Jackrabbits. First pitch is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start.
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