GREEN BAY, Wi. – The Kalamazoo Growlers won their seventh straight game with a come from behind 9-6 win over the Green Bay Bullfrogs.
Baron Radcliff hit a line drive three-run home run to centerfield to tie the game in the ninth inning and eventually force extra innings. It was Radcliff’s first home run of the year.
The game had a slow start with both teams going scoreless through two innings. The Growlers were able to get on the board first in the third inning without getting a hit on a Niko Kavadas sacrifice fly.
In the fifth and sixth innings the Growlers defense struggled to give up two unearned runs along with three runs the Bullfrogs earned.
The Growlers cut into the lead in the seventh when Ivan Johnson singled, went to second on a wild pitch, then stole third base and scored on a throwing error.
In the eighth inning Kalamazoo was able to cut the lead to 5-3 on a Jared Miller bases loaded walk.
Green Bay was able to extend their lead back to three in the bottom of the eighth when Riley Mihalik scored on a Alejandro Gonzalez single.
Then in the top of the ninth Radcliff delivered his three run home run to extend the ball game.
After a scoreless tenth frame, Kavadas led off the eleventh with a double. After moving to third on a Sam Faith ground out, Donovan Clark pinch ran for Kavadas. After Radcliff was intentionally walked Jonathan Foster hit a groundball that deflected off Bullfrog pitcher Travis Kuhn and Clark was able to race home to score the go ahead run. A few batters later Miller hit an RBI single to right field to give the Growlers a 9-6 lead.
Mason Shinabery came on to pitch in the ninth for the Growlers and went three innings for the win. It was Shinabery’s fourth win of the year, tying teammate and the days starting pitcher Jack Nelson for the league lead.
The Growlers will conclude their road trip with another matchup with the Bullfrogs tomorrow at 8:05 E.T.
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.