The Growlers and the LaCrosse Loggers played to an old fashioned pitcher's battle on Saturday night in LaCrosse, Wisc. The Loggers scratched out two runs in the first inning on two walks and a pair of singles off Zoo starter Nick Wernke (West Virginia) and that was all they would need after scoring an insurance run in the late innings and defeating the Growlers 3-0.
Wernke settled down and at one point retired 11 of 12 batters and pitched 5 1/3 innings but took the loss and fell to 0-3 on the year.
The Growlers threatened early after Nick Yarnall (University of Pittsburgh) bombed a one out triple in the 2nd inning, but was stranded. Yarnall had two of the five total hits for the Growlers who fell to 10-16 overall in 2014.The Growlers also worked the bases loaded in the 5th inning but could notget the big hit, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position on the night. The four game road trip continues for Kalamazoo as they venture to Mequn, Wisc. to play the Lakeshore Chinooks in a two game series starting on Sunday. The next home for the Growlers is Tuesday, June24th vs the Kenosha Kingfish with first pitch at 7:05pm.
The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for league 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 theworld 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 http://www.growlersbaseball.com.