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Published On: June 10th, 2014

Photo Credit: Kimberly Moss

Kalamazoo, Mich. – The Kalamazoo Growlers look to snap their current eight-game losing streak, as they they continue their four-game road trip into Wisconsin Rapids to take on the Rafters. Series preview is below:


Who: Kalamazoo Growlers (5-9) at Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (2-12)

When: Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:05 p.m.

Where: Witter Field

Radio: "Voices of the Growlers" via Ustream

TV: YouTube live stream

Gameday: Follow the pitch-by-pitch action on Pointstreak

Twitter: Follow @kzoogrowlers for updates

PROBABLE STARTERS (Growlers' starters in italics)

TUESDAY: Dillon Haviland (1-1, 1.17 ERA) vs. Nick Blackburn (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Haviland (Duke) has recorded two saves out of the bullpen and allowed just one earned run on four hits over 7 2/3 innings pitched this season. The junior left-hander has also fanned 10 batters in 2014. Tuesday will mark Haviland's first start of the season.

WEDNESDAY: Jacob Post (1-1, 8.00 ERA) vs. Jason Freeman (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Post (Ohio State) will be making his third start of the season on Wednesday in the series finale. The sophomore's first start was much better than his second, when he allowed seven earned runs over four innings. Post started the Growlers' home opener back on May 30 and in five innings of work, the right-hander allowed just one earned run and struck out four over five innings pitched.

Lineups will be on Facebook and Twitter prior to first pitch.


May 31, 2014: Kalamazoo 14, Wisconsin Rapids 7

Box Score

June 1, 2014: Kalamazoo 7, Wisconsin Rapids 2

Box Score


  • Ryan Bull (Notre Dame) has been on an absolute tear over his past three games. Bull has gone 6-for-10 over that span, including two doubles and a walk in three losing efforts. Bull carried the Growlers' offense in a 4-3 loss to the Kenosha Kingfish. The junior left fielder picked up three of the team's four hits while scoring one fo the team's three runs.
  • Jared Kujawa (Western Michigan) and Troy Montgomery (Ohio State) round out the outfield, who has been the bright spot for the Growlers both offensively and defensively. Kujawa has picked up a hit in nine of his past 10 games (four multi-hit games) and has also recorded an assist out in right field. Montgomery didn't pick up a hit in Kenosha, but has still maintained a batting average of .316 and has walked a team high 11 times over 13 games played.
  • Matt Fish (Pierce CC) made his Growler debut on Monday at Kenosha, pitching the final 2 1/3 innings agains the other expansion team in the Northwoods League. The Richland native allowed three hits and recorded three strikeouts in the 13-2 loss.


The Growlers will return to Kalamazoo on Thursday for a four-game homestand. The first two games will be played against the Rochester Honkers (8-6) followed by the Green Bay Bullfrogs (8-6). All four games will be played at Homer Stryker Field at 7:05 p.m., except for Sunday which will be played at 5:05 p.m. Click here for the Growlers' upcoming promotions and giveaways.

The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit