From staff reports
TRAVERSE CITY — Jose Vargas smacked two home runs and Kyle Teague won his first professional start as the Traverse City Beach Bums held off Lake Erie 3-2 in a Frontier League contest Saturday night at Wuerfel Park.
Vargas hit a solo shots in the first and sixth innings to pace the Traverse City attack. He now has six roundtrippers on the season.
Teague went six innings to garner the win. Matt Miller and Nick Capito finished it off. Capito, who has been almost untouchable this month, pitched out of a jam in the eighth inning after giving up two hits and a run.
Teague, meanwhile, settled down after a shaky start. He allowed seven batters to reach base — three hits, four walks — in the first three innings. He survived by surrendering just one run, that on a sacrifice fly by Max Casper in the second. After that, the former Grand Valley ace gave up just a lead-off walk in the sixth.
The Beach Bums never trailed after scoring twice in the first with two outs. It started with a Vargas home run. Chase Burch followed with a double and he scored on Carlo Testa's single.
Traverse City mustered just five hits off Dave Middendorf, three coming in the first inning. Middendorf pitched eight innings in taking the loss.
The Crushers made it interesting in the eighth. With one out, Russ Moldenhauer singled and scored on Dan Bowerman's triple. Emmanuel Quiles then lifted a shallow fly to right. Testa caught the fly and fired home to catcher Chris Cowell. Bowerman beat the throw, but Cowell fired the ball down to Vargas at third and Bowerman was called out for leaving the base too early.
Capito, who had allowed just one run in 18 previous innings in June, pitched out of trouble again in the ninth. Lake Erie's leadoff batter, Ricardo Lizcano, reached on an error. Pinch runner Kevin Berard then advanced to second on a balk with two outs. But Capito got Gauntlett Eldemire to ground out to Ryan Still at second to end the game. Capito earned his fifth save.
Traverse City, which has now won the first two games in the three-game series, improved to 24-14 in the tightly-contested East Division of the Frontier League. The teams meet again this evening with Scott Dunn (7-0, 2.27) getting the call for Traverse City, Matt Smith (2-1, 4.41) for Lake Erie.