The Traverse City Beach Bums recorded a season-high 14 hits on Tuesday night, but the River City Rascals countered with 16 of their own to defeat the Beach Bums 12-11 to open a three-game series at Wuerfel Park.
Josh Ludy got the scoring started for the Rascals with a solo homer in the top of the first, but the Beach Bums answered back with a two-run blast from Yazy Arbelo in the bottom half of the frame to take a 2-1 lead.
TC extended the lead to 4-1 in the second on a Greg Harisis RBI double and Jeff DeBlieux sacrifice fly. River City came right back in the top of the third with a pair of runs to trim the deficit to 4-3 against Traverse City starter Rusty Shellhorn. The Beach Bums southpaw got more run support in the bottom of the third as TC scored three runs on a Rob Benedict RBI single, Kevin Taylor sacrifice fly and a wild pitch to open up a 7-3 advantage.
However, the Rascals offense blew up over the next two innings, plating nine runs. With three runs already home in the fourth, Taylor Ard tied the game at 7 with a solo shot off reliever Ryan Brasser. An inning later, River City took the lead when Brasser (0-2) uncorked a wild pitch enabling Evan Crawford to score. Eric Williams, Ludy, and Zach Komatani accounted for RBi's in the fifth before Ludy scored on a wild pitch from Cameron Giannini to make it 12-7.