The Southern Illinois Miners rebounded from a shaky start to score four straight runs and hung on against a late Traverse City rally to beat the Beach Bums 4-3 on Wednesday night at Wuerfel Park.
Traverse City scored two runs in the last of the first inning in perhaps the weirdest of fashions. Southern Illinois catcher Phil Butler was called for catcher's interference, not once, but twice in the first three batters of the game around a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Jose Vargas drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right and Jovan Rosa followed with an RBI single to push the Beach Bums ahead 2-0.
However, Traverse City's offense was shut down for the next six innings by rookie righthander Anthony Montefusco. Making just his third start in a Miners uniform, Montefusco (1-0) allowed only two hits after the first inning, going seven innings while allowing the two unearned runs with five strikeouts.