WAUSAU, Wi. – Behind six innings from Jack Nelson on the mound the Kalamazoo Growlers beat the Wisconsin Woodchucks 5-3 snapping a two game losing streak.
The Growlers scored three runs in the seventh inning off of All-Star reliever Frank Frate thanks to three straight doubles to begin the inning.
Kalamazoo got the scoring started in the second inning on a Jordan Bowersox infield single up the middle. It was knocked down by shortstop Nick Loftin but when he bobbled the baseball Zach Daniels was able to cross the plate scoring from second on the play to give the Growlers a 1-0 lead.
After the Woodchucks tied it in the third inning the Growlers scored again in the fifth inning on another error from Loftin. Jonathan Foster hit a ground ball to Loftin but after he could not field it Foster beat the throw to first letting Sam Hall score.
Wisconsin would score their second run of the game in the sixth inning to tie the ball game. Kalamazoo would answer again with their three run seventh. Sam Hall began the inning with a double into the right center gap. Jason Sullivan drove home Hall with a double off the wall, then would score a batter later when Matt Mervis also sent the ball off the wall. Later that inning Mervis would score on an infield single from Zach Daniels.
The Woodchucks scored one run in the eighth inning off of Andrew Belcik but were retired in order in the ninth by Mason Shinabery.
Nelson started and got the win for the Growlers pitching six innings, striking out five and walking four giving up two earned runs.
Belcik threw two innings in relief allowing one run on a hit and a walk while striking out three.
Shinabery picked up his fifth save of the season with his scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout.
The Growlers return to action tomorrow looking for the series sweep of the Woodchucks with Adam Wheaton on the mound.
The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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, 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.growlersbaseball.com 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.