The Beach Bums nearly rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the last of the ninth inning, but stranded the tying run at second base, falling to the Washington Wild Things 5-4 on Thursday night at Wuerfel Park.
With two outs and nobody on in the ninth inning, five straight Beach Bums reached to bring the winning run the plate. Three of the hits from Traverse City were infield singles that were dropped by the pitcher Al Yevoli at first base on close plays. The first run of the inning scored on a throwing error by first baseman William Beckwith, and was followed by Scott Woodward beating out a slow chopper to bring home another run, making it 5-2.
Washington summoned closer Jonathan Kountis to face Jovan Rosa, who represented the tying run, and Rosa hammered a two-run double to dead center pulling the Bums within one. Kountis came back to strike out Yazy Arbelo, finishing the game.