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Robinson Wins it for the Growlers

KALAMAZOO, MI – Dan Robinson from Central Michigan, continutes to carry the hot bat for the Growlers as he drives in Connor Kopach for the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a walk off base hit. Kalamazoo ended up winning the ball game against the Kenosha Kingfish by a score of 5-4.

Scoring in this game started in the top half of the second inning when Nick Kanavas was able to cross home plate on a fielder's choice. The lead did not stay in Kenosha's favor for long, however. Kasey Cooper drove in the first Growlers run on a base hit into centerfield that scored new Growler Sam Griggs. Cooper was then able to score on a dropped third strike that was thrown away by the Kingfish catcher to give the Growlers their first lead of the game. 

This 2-1 advantage for Kalamazoo was held until the top of the 7th when Kanavas sprinted home on an RBI groundout off of the bat of Marshall Gilbert. The Growlers answered quickly again in the bottom half of the inning. Daniel Leckie came through with a base hit that Kopach and Dalton Combs were able to cruise around the bases and score on and made it a 4-2 Growlers advantage. 

Pete Schuler, the Kingfish designated hitter, sent a Hayden Brauser pitch the other way over the left field wall to tie the ball game back up at 4-4.

Dan Robinson, who began the game 0-3, was due for a hit to continue his hitting streak when he stepped in the box in the bottom of the ninth. Robinson worked Kenosha pitcher Rigo Beltron to a 2-1 count and he then torched a ball into centerfield that Kopach scored from second base on to win the ball game. 

Kalamazoo pitcher, Tate Brawley, tossed another gem on the mound. Brawley lasted seven innings and only gave up one run on two hits while striking out three Kingfish hitters. 

These two teams will be back in action tomorrow morning at 11:05 a.m. EDT at Homer Stryker Field for STEM Education Day presented by Stryker.


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