(Traverse City, MI)- After an off-day on Monday, the Slammers had one of the year’s roughest outings on Tuesday in Traverse City in an 18-1 blowout.
The Slammers struck first in the top of the first when Brad Netzel doubled and advanced to third on an error. With one away, Abel Nieves lofted a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.
From there, the Beach Bums went on to score 18 uncontested runs off Joliet pitching. Chase Burch tied things up in the bottom of the first on a single, and they pulled ahead in the second when Ryan Still singled to bring around Marcus Nidiffer. Nidiffer paid it forward in the third when he launched a grand slam to take a 6-1 lead. Ryan Still notched an RBI in the fourth, and three more came around in the sixth for a 10-1 tally.
Traverse City continued their offensive assault in the eighth inning, bringing eight runs home for the game’s 18-1 final.
Every Beach Bum tacked on a hit in the contest, and all but one had at least one RBI.
Jim Schult struggled in the start, surrendering seven runs through five innings. Rey Cotilla gave up three runs in the seventh, and Mike Barsotti took the brunt of Traverse City’s force in the eighth and allowed eight.
Joliet keeps rolling in Traverse City on Wednesday. Fans can listen to the game on AM 1340 WJOL with Aaron Morse calling the action.