JOLIET, Ill. — Traverse City’s late rally went for naught Thursday night.
Grant DeBruin’s two-out RBI double in the bottom of the 12th lifted the Joliet Slammers to a 7-6 Frontier League win over the Beach Bums.
The Beach Bums were limited to just two hits through seven innings as they fell behind 5-0. The Beach Bums, however, scored three in the eighth and three in the ninth to take the lead. That lead looked like it would stand, but with two out in the bottom of the ninth Russell Moldenhauer homered to send the game to extra innings.
The Slammers won two of the three games in the series — both in extra innings.
Traverse City made it interesting Thursday, starting its rally in the eighth as Casey Roche, Jeff DeBlieux and Taylor Wrenn opened the frame with singles to load the bases. Rob Benedict followed with a single that drove in Roche. After Jovan Rosa hit into a double play to bring in the second run, Scott Woodward delivered an RBI single to make it 5-3.
In the ninth, Kevin Taylor singled, DeBlieux tripled and Wrenn hit a sacrifice fly to tie it. The rally was not over, though, Benedict singled, stole second and scampered home on Rosa’s single, giving Traverse City its first lead.
Moldenhauer then responded with his two-out blast off D.J. Johnson to tie it at 6.
In the 12th, Marquis Riley singled, moved to second on a grounder and scored on DeBruin’s double. Will Rankin, working his third inning of relief, took the loss.
The Beach Bums finished with 13 hits, three by Benedict and two apiece by Wrenn, Taylor and DeBlieux.
The Beach Bums had rallied for an 8-3 win in game two of a doubleheader late Wednesday night.
Tied at one heading to the fifth inning, Traverse City erupted for five runs with two outs. A bases loaded walk to Woodward made it 2-1. A wild pitch scored DeBlieux, then Yazy Arbelo laced a two-run single to right, pushing the lead to 5-1. Arbelo came around to score on a Jake Rhodes RBI double.
After Joliet scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Traverse City responded with two in the seventh on Rhodes’ two-run homer. Casey Delgado, who worked six innings, earned the win to improve to 4-1. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks.