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Growlers Win on Walk-Off Strikeout

KALAMAZOO, MI – It was a wild contest tonight in Kalamazoo as the Growlers were able to come back in the 14th inning and defeat the Kenosha Kingfish be a score of 10-9. This was a very fitting finish to a game that featured five extra innings, eight total pitchers, and an even score during seven different innings. 

Camden Duzenack (Dallas Baptist) was able to get the Growlers out to a great start. His two-RBI base hit in the bottom of the second inning that brought Connor Kopach (Southern Illinois) and Nick Hutchins (Southern Illinois) home got Kalamazoo out to an early 2-0 lead. 

Kenosha scratched away at the Growlers lead in the following two frames. Dylan Rosa connected on a 1-2 breaking ball that was left over the heart of the plate and sent it over the left field wall to get the Kingfish on the board. An RBI double by Pete Schuler tied the game at two in the top half of the third inning. 

Kalamazoo regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to Sam Griggs' (Southern Indiana) first home run of the summer. 

The fifth inning brought more excitement as Marty Bechina sent a deep fly ball into centerfield that brought Matt Kroon home for Kenosha's third run of the game. The Growlers responded quickly once again as Matt Lloyd (Iowa Western) connected on his first of two home runs this evening. Connor Smith (Western Michigan) followed up the home run with an RBI single that plated Hutchins and gave Kalamazoo a 5-3 lead. 

Lloyd sent his second ball out of the park in the bottom of the seventh to stretch the lead to 6-3. Duzenack picked up his third RBI of the game on a fielder's choice later in the inning to bring Huchins home once again. 

The Kingfish picked up a combined five runs in the final two innings of regulation in their attempt to comeback and defeat the Growlers. Michael Crowley (Huntington) saved the night for the home team with his solo home run in the eighth inning that salvaged extra innings. 

Kalamazoo quickly cancelled out the run that Kenosha got in the top of the 14th thanks to Smith's second RBI of the game that allowed Hutchins to score for the fourth time. Griggs stepped up to the plate and swing and missed on an breaking ball in the dirt that Kenosha's catcher could not handle and he ended up throwing the ball away which allowed David Hensley (San Diego State) to score the winning run. 

The Growlers will be back in action tomorrow night at Homer Stryker Field against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EDT. 


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 or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Growlers as your favorite team.