TRAVERSE CITY — When Yazy Arbelo gets a hold of a pitch, he leaves little doubt about the outcome.
In his first at bat, Arbelo took a Preston Olson pitch and belted it about 430 feet — well over the left-center field fence in the deepest part of Wuerfel Park — to get the Beach Bums on the board in the first inning.
It was part of a 2 for 3 performance at the plate for Traverse City’s first baseman, who drove in all of its runs in a 3-1 victory over Evansville on Thursday.
“I saw (Olson) kind of working everything away so I set my zone away and he threw me a good pitch,” said Arbelo. “He threw me that pitch right before that and I just fouled it off and I told myself, ‘go a little quicker, a little sooner,’ and I was able to make the adjustment in that at bat and really got into that one. It’s something I’ve been working on at practice, I’ve been going to left field all practice, trying to stay away from right.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Beach Bums.
“We needed it terribly,” said Beach Bums manager Dan Rohn. “Just for our confidence alone. We’re just so beat up it’s ridiculous. We’ve lost six players (to injury) and then (Taylor) Wrenn retired today. It’s like we’re on the skeleton crew. The guys battled their butts off. They haven’t quit playing. They’re playing hard. It’s just we’re making crucial mistakes at the wrong times.”
For the second straight game the Beach Bums didn’t make the mistakes on defense that have cost them so often this season. In fact, it was Evansville that committed two errors in the field.