WASHINGTON, Pa. — Rob Benedict drove in the winning run in the ninth inning Wednesday night to give the Traverse City Beach Bums a come-from-behind 3-2 Frontier League win over the Washington Wild Things.
Jeff DeBlieux led off the ninth with a single and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Miller. After an infield single put runners on the corners, Benedict followed with a slow chopper up the middle that the Wild Things tried to turn a double play on. Benedict, however, beat the throw, allowing DeBlieux to score the game-winning run.
Washington’s Scott Dunn, a former Beach Bum, did not yield a hit until a Kevin Taylor double in the fifth. In the sixth, the newly-signed Miller belted a leadoff solo homer to cut the deficit to 2-1. Two batters later, Benedict added another solo shot to knot the game. Dunn lasted 6.2 innings in the no-decision start.
Rusty Shellhorn went the first 5.1 innings for Traverse City, surrendering two runs on eight hits. The bullpen slammed the door from there as Chuck Ghysels, Will Rankin and D.J. Johnson allowed just one hit over the final 3.2 innings. Rankin earned his first win, Johnson his 10th save.
Al Yevoli (2-2) took the loss for the Wild Things. Washington’s Stewart Ijames hit two solo homers.
Traverse City finished with nine hits in the game, two apiece by Miller and Jeff DeBlieux.
The teams conclude their three-game series tonight with Alex Phillips getting the call for the Beach Bums, Shawn Blackwell for the Wild Things.