Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Beach Bums split with Washington, move into 1st-place tie with Lake Erie
From staff reports
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Beach Bums moved back into a tie for first place in the Frontier League East Division on Wednesday.
The Bums split a doubleheader with Washington, but still forged a tie with Lake Erie atop the standings.
Coming in a half game behind the Crushers, the Beach Bums (51-38) topped the Washington Wild Things 4-1 in the opening game of a doubleheader at Wuerfel Park to move into a tie.
Then Traverse City lost the nightcap 11-0 while Lake Erie dropped its contest to Windy City 7-3 to keep the two teams tied.
Scott Dunn improved to 15-1 with a seven-hit effort over five innings of the opener. He struck out one and walked one to lower his ERA to 2.64. Nick Capito came on for two innings of one-hit ball, fanning two to close out the seven-inning contest.
Ryan Still had two hits — including a double, his third straight game with an extra-base hit — and a walk to lead the offense. Andrew Heck started in right field and recorded his first two RBIs as a Beach Bums with a double. Chase Burch also doubled.
Washington blew open the nightcap with an eight-run fifth inning.
Johnny Omahen surrendered six runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings, striking out six. Burny Mitchem then gave up three more runs on three hits and a walk in one innings and Vladimir Camacho allowed two runs on a solo home run to Stewart Ijames and two walks and struck out five in two frames.
Traverse City’s offense mustered only four hits — one each by Jose Vargas, Burch, Heck and Chris Cowell.
Tyler Elrod struck out 10 in seven innings to improve to 2-0 in just his fourth start.
The Beach Bums have one more home game left with Washington, then a three-game set at Wuerfel Park with Joliet before hitting the road to close out the regular season at Lake Erie.