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Published On: July 12th, 2019


Kalamazoo, MI. — In a dramatic day from Homer Stryker Field, the Kalamazoo Growlers (24-19, 8-3) secured back-to-back 4-3 walk-off victories over the Kenosha Kingfish (16-29, 3-7) Thursday evening. The Growlers secure the doubleheader sweep over Kenosha.

Game 1 

The first contest was a continuation of the suspended game from July 2, picking things up in the bottom of the fourth with Kenosha leading 1-0. The Kingfish extended their lead to 2-0 in the sixth as Roberto Pena scored on a wild pitch. 

Kalamazoo got on the board in the seventh on a Zack Gelof (Virginia) sacrifice fly to cut the deficit in half at 2-1. The Kingfish added another run in the eighth to make it 3-1. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Jimmy Sullivan (Virginia) drilled his second triple of the game scoring two runs to tie the score at 3-3. 

The Growlers were down to their final out in the ninth, but Nick Neville (South Carolina) laced a double to right field to extend the frame. Neville then advanced to third on a wild pitch followed by the walk-off RBI single from Miko Rodriguez (Texas A&M) to give Kalamazoo the exciting victory.

Kalamazoo relief pitcher Eamon Horwedel (Ohio Univ.) earned the win, improving to 4-0. Kenosha reliever Matt Helwig took the loss, falling to 0-1.

Game 2

In a seven inning second game, Kalamazoo jumped ahead early in the first on a solo blast from Rodriguez to make it 1-0 in favor of the Growlers. Shea Kramer followed with a two-run shot of his own in the third inning to extend the lead to 3-0. 

Kenosha fought back in the sixth, knocking three runs on three hits to even the score at 3-3. The Kingfish recorded consecutive RBI hits on a double and single followed by a fielder’s choice to make it a brand-new ballgame.

With two outs in the seventh, the Growlers came through in the clutch again. Brooks Coetzee (Notre Dame) hit a sharp ground ball to shortstop, but the Kingfish shortstop commits a throwing error to score Neville from third base. The Growlers post walk-off wins for the first time in the 2019 campaign. 

Growlers relief pitcher Pete Joseph (Northwood Univ.) earned the win in his Kalamazoo debut. Kingfish reliever Tanner Fallon took the loss, falling to 3-5. 

Up Next

The Kalamazoo Growlers remain at Homer Stryker Field tomorrow evening, facing the Kenosha Kingfish again. First pitch is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start. 


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