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KZoo drops heartbreaker in series finale at Traverse City

Traverse City, MI — In a tightly contested defensive battle, the Kalamazoo Growlers (9-10) fell just short to the host Traverse City Pit Spitters (10-10) by a final score of 2-1 from Pit Spitters Park Saturday evening. The Growlers drop their fourth consecutive contest entering the final two-game series of the long road trip.

Kalamazoo grabbed their first lead of the series in the second inning on a solo shot from Dakota Kotowski (Missouri State) to give the Growlers an early 1-0 advantage. The Pit Spitters answered in the fourth on a RBI double to knot the score at 1-1.

In the bottom frame of the sixth, Traverse City loaded the bases with one out to try and scratch across the go-ahead. Kalamazoo starting pitcher Adam Wheaton (Trine University) tallied a swinging strikeout on a 3-2 count to make it two outs in the inning. After that, Pit Spitters catcher Adam Proctor was hit on the very next pitch to score the run from third base and give the hosts a 2-1 edge.

The Growlers offense only compiled two hits in the final three innings of regulation as the Pit Spitters secured the two-game series sweep. Wheaton took the loss on the mound, despite allowing only one run through 5 ⅔ innings of work with five strikeouts. Traverse City starter Austin Shea earned the win, improving to 1-0. Pit Spitters reliever Pat Hohlfeld tallied his first save of the season.

The Kalamazoo Growlers travel five hours south tomorrow to Kokomo, Indiana as they face the Kokomo Jackrabbits for the first time in franchise history. First pitch for game one of the two-game set is slated for a 1:05 p.m. start.

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