TRAVERSE CITY — Drew Rossi knows all there is to know about waiting for a chance to play.
For two seasons Rossi has been out of baseball after unsuccessfully trying to land a spot on somebody’s roster.
So on Friday, when the Traverse City Beach Bums lost shortstop Taylor Wrenn to an injured shoulder in the second inning, Rossi was more than ready to contribute.
Filling in for Wrenn, Rossi went 2 for 4, including a bases-clearing triple that was Traverse City’s single biggest hit of the game in a 7-4 victory over Windy City in the home opener at Wuerfel Park.
“Absolutely awesome to be back out there,” said Rossi. “I’ve been out of the game for two years, just trying to land a spot with a different team, coming in and trying to help these guys win. Especially being the first night at home, this is good.”
Rossi’s three-bagger was part of a four-run fourth inning that broke a scoreless tie and sent the Beach Bums (4-3) on their way to the victory.
“He did a nice job. Mini-me (Rossi) went out and got us two hits and three RBIs so that’s a big night for him,” said Beach Bums manager Dan Rohn.
Rossi entered the contest when Wrenn tried to snag a second-inning single in the hole between short and third and possibly dislocated his shoulder. After being helped off the field Wrenn didn’t return and his status is up in the air.
“The biggest part is the mental preparation,” Rossi said of sitting in the dugout unsure of when the time to play will come. “You’ve just got to turn that go switch on real quick and hurry up and get in there.”
The Beach Bums scored their other three runs in the sixth in building a 7-0 lead. Windy City tried to mount a rally in the ninth and got four runs, three of which came on a home run by Evan Button. All four of the ThunderBolts’ runs came off reliever Nate O’Bryan.