TRAVERSE CITY — Neither team took batting practice Sunday.
No matter. That came in the first inning. In spades.
Both teams batted around their lineups in a 48-minute first inning that saw the Frontier Greys take a 4-0 lead, only to have the Traverse City Beach Bums ring up a half dozen runs in the bottom half.
After erasing the first-inning deficit, the Beach Bums (10-11) never trailed again in a 12-9 victory at Wuerfel Park that sealed a three-game series sweep.
"That's the epitome of winning ugly," TC manager Dan Rohn said. "That's what that is right there."
Neither team's starting pitcher made it to the third inning.
"The first inning was chaos," said Beach Bums center fielder Scott Woodward, who hit clean-up as the team shook up its lineup.
The tinkering worked, as Woodward was 1 for 3 with his first home run of the season, walked twice and stole two bases.
"I enjoyed it," Woodward said of hitting fourth. "Last year I hit in a couple spots — the one, two, three, four spots. We've been struggling hitting well. I've been hitting the ball pretty well and seeing it pretty well. We just needed some protection. We did a good job today and were able to string some hits together and keep ahead of the Frontier Greys. They just kept battling back, every single inning. We just had to keep tacking on runs."
Traverse City ran on Frontier catcher Ray Ortega, stealing three bases in the first inning alone. Woodward added another in the second.
Woodward's average is up to .305 and he's hit safely in eight of his last nine games.
"It's because he's living with me," first baseman Arbelo joked. "That's why he's on fire. It's the couch at the new host family. He took away my hits for about a week."