Kenosha Clinches as Kalamazoo Falls 7-3
KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kingfish struck first off of a two-run home run by Bryce Carter in the top of second inning. Kenosha would extend their lead in the top of the fourth inning by another two runs. After two lead off walks, Devin Ortiz singled to center field to score both the runs.
The Growlers cut the Kingfish’s lead in half in the bottom of the fourth. Niko Kavadas, from Notre Dame, walked to get on base then Jonathan Foster, from Florida State University, smacked his seventh home run of the season over the left field fence and tied Zach Daniels for the most home runs on the team. The Growlers got within striking distance in the sixth inning scoring one more run to make the score 4 – 3. Matt Mervis, from Duke University, would score on the fielder’s choice to Foster but that is where the Growlers stopped.
Kenosha would score one more run in each of the next three innings extend and secure their lead. Marty Bechina and Carson McCusker pulled off a successful double steal to score their run in the top of the seventh inning.
Connor Doyle singled in Devin Ortiz in the top of the eighth to make the score 6 – 3. In the top of the ninth Jack Yalowitz walked to start the inning for the Kingfish, then Evan McDonald doubled to center field to easily score Yalowitz. The Growlers couldn’t strike back and fell to Kenosha 7 – 3 and securing them a playoff spot.
The Growlers and Kingfish will be back in action tomorrow night with first pitch at 7:05 PM. Come for the game and stay for the fireworks, it’s Advia Foundation Night and the Growlers will be auctioning off the Kalamazoo skyline jerseys at the end of the game.
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.