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Growlers Win Behind Pellien’s Shutout

KALAMAZOO, MI – Devin Pellien (Nova Southeastern) was stellar in his fourth start of the season for the Kalamazoo Growlers. He was able to pitch eight innings of shutout baseball on the mound while only allowing two hits and striking out eight batters. The Growlers ended up winning today's ballgame against the Rochester Honkers by a score of 6-0. 

Kalamazoo found a bit of a power stroke at the plate this afternoon and the scoring began for them in the bottom half of the second inning. Jordan Verdon (San Diego State) drove in the first run of the game on a triple that plated Camden Duzenack (Dallas Baptist). Verdon scored later in the inning after his fellow Aztec, David Hensley, was able to rip a first pitch fastball to the outfield wall for a double. TJ Marik (Austin Peay) also scored on the play to make it a 3-0 advantage after two innings of play. 

Trey Ganns (Northern Kentucky) added a run of his own for the Growlers on a moon shot that landed over the left field wall. His homerun made it a 3-0 Growlers lead in the fourth inning. 

The Growlers were able to add two more insurance runs in the sixth inning. Duzenack launched a 2-1 pitch from Clayton McGinness into the Miller Lite Party Zone at Homer Stryker Field. Ganns also scored on the play and this was more than enough run support for Pellien tonight. 

Kalamazoo was led at the plate by Hensley and Duzenack. The two combined to go 4 for 6 with four RBIs and two runs scored. 

Pellien's eight inning shutout today makes him 3-0 on the season and lowers his ERA down to 1.55. He also now has 29 strikeouts in only 29 innings of work this summer.

The Growlers will begin a week long road trip starting Monday. The roadtrip will consist of trips to Kenosha and Rockford before returning home to play Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, July 2.

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The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). 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 and set the Growlers as your favorite team.