With only seven games to go, the Great Lakes playoff race is tight
Wausau, Wis., — The Kalamazoo Growlers hold the second place spot in the overall standings, which would qualify the Growlers for a playoff spot.
Due to the Traverse City Pit Spitters winning the first half title, Traverse City secured the first playoff spot in the Great Lakes East. With the Pit Spitters also securing the second half title, the next team in the overall standings earns the second Great Lakes East playoff spot.
The Growlers are currently up one game over the Rockford Rivets, and four games above the Kenosha Kingfish.
Kalamazoo’s current magic number to clinch a playoff spot is five games, with only five total games left in the Northwoods League’s 72 game season. The magic number can also fluctuate, depending on the results of the games Rockford plays.
The Growlers have seven games left, including four with the Kokomo Jackrabbits (25-39 overall, 10-21 second half), due to a rainout of the doubleheader on July 6.
The remaining schedule is as follows:
Today, 8/7 @Wisconsin: 6:35 p.m. CT
Thursday, 8/8 vs. Kokomo: 5:05 p.m. ET (resuming from 7/6 in the bottom of the third, KMO leading 6-5)
Thursday, 8/8 vs. Kokomo: 7:05 p.m. ET, or 30 minutes following the completion of game one (7 inning game)
Friday 8/9 vs. Kokomo: 5:05 p.m. ET (7 inning game)
Friday, 8/9 vs. Kokomo: 7:05 p.m. ET, or 30 minutes following the completion of game one (7 inning game)
Saturday 8/10 vs. Traverse City: 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday 8/11 vs. Traverse City: 3:05 p.m. ET
The next few games for the Growlers are crucial, as the team just broke a six game losing streak, in which Kalamazoo could only muster 20 runs.
The Growlers were able to get back in the win column two days ago with a 6-2 win over the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Khale Showers (Northwood) boosted Kalamazoo over Wisconsin with a three-run home run in the seventh to bring home Hunter Thorn (Purdue Northwest) and Brooks Coetzee (Notre Dame).
Tickets for the home games are limited and you won’t want to miss any of the Kalamazoo Growlers playoff push! Get your tickets by going to the Growlers single game ticketing page!
You can also pre-order your Kalamazoo Growlers postseason tickets through the following link on the Growlers website.
Can’t make it to Homer Stryker Field for the games? Follow along live on the Northwoods League Baseball Network or the Kalamazoo Growlers Radio Network via Mixlr.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Currently in its’ 26th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 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 (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.