“Off the bat I thought it was good, then I saw Wiley closing on it a little bit,” said Langbehn. “They had shortened up once there was two outs to be in a position to throw somebody out at the plate. Fortunately for us, Zach hit it good and it just dropped right in front. There was a little question there for a split second and I was like, ‘oh, come on.’ We didn’t need to go any longer. You don’t want to cut into your pitching any more than you have to.”
“I knew when Zach kind of inside-outed it and threw his bat the other way, I knew it was down,” said Wrenn. “And as soon as Banger put his head down I knew we had won the game.”
Wrenn also scored the game-tying run, leading off the eighth with a double down the first base line and coming home on Carlo Testa’s RBI single three batters later.
It took the Beach Bums until the seventh inning to get anything going offensively. Florence starter Daniel Jensen scattered five hits over seven innings, walking only two and striking out six. He didn’t allow a Traverse City base runner to get beyond second until the seventh when Marcus Nidiffer doubled and advanced to third on the play. That hit scored Sean Gusrang to give Traverse City its first run. Nidiffer scored on Ryan Still’s sacrifice fly to right.
“Jensen was good,” said Wrenn. “We were chasing pitches out of the zone. We were a little impatient at the plate. I think the last couple of innings we really settled down and got better pitches to hit and worked deeper counts.”
Nick Capito (3-0) got the win for Traverse City, working three innings of relief. He helped his cause by picking off Pablo Bermudez at first in the ninth. That proved to be huge as Junior Arroyo tripled one batter later. The Beach Bums also made big defensive plays late in the game, with Gusrang running down a fly ball in foul territory in right field — a play where he toppled into the Florence bullpen — to start the ninth. In the 10th Scott Woodward made a putout in center, then fired to Still at second to catch Jacob Tanis leading too far off the bag to complete the double play.