The Washington Wild Things, presented by Washington Financial, opened up their extended road trip with a bang, as they flooded the Traverse City Beach Bums with 11 hits en route to a 15-8 victory Tuesday at Wuerfel Park. Tim Flight earned the win for Washington, going five innings, allowing three runs on four hits, surrendering just three walks and collecting three strikeouts.
The Wild Things began the game with an RBI single by left fielder CJ Beatty to quickly take a 1-0 lead. Beatty had a career night at the plate, going 2-3 and knocking in five of Washington’s 15 runs. A sacrifice fly by right fielder Stewart Ijames later in the first gave the Wild Things a 2-0 lead.
The Beach Bums answered in the bottom half of the first when third baseman and former Wild Things corner infielder Jovan Rosa knocked a two-run double to tie the game at 2-2.Two batters later, George Barber, squirted a sacrifice-fly to put the Beach Bums ahead 3-2.
However, Traverse City would never regain their lead. Down to their final out in the third inning, Wild Things designated hitter Will Beckwith smoked a two-run single to score Ijames and Carter Bell to put the Things’ back in front 4-3, and from then on commanded the score until the final out.
Garrett Rau hit an RBI single in the top of the fourth to extend Washington’s lead 5-3.
For the second time in this early season, the Things’ produced another seven-run inning,. This time in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s contest. A leadoff single by Beckwith and a walk to Washington’s newest first baseman John Brandmaier set the stage for catcher Jim Vahalik as he hit a two-run double to left to put the Wild Things ahead 7-3. With bases full of Things’, Beatty, who has been one of the most effective hitters in the Frontier League, sliced a bases-clearing RBI double to extend the visitor’s lead 10-3. Ijames continued on his teammate’s hit parade as he blasted a two-run shot for Washington’s sixth and seventh run of the inning.
The Beach Bums closed the gap to as little as six runs later in the seventh, but a sacrifice fly by Beatty and a two-run double by center fielder Daniel Poma in the eighth inning retained the extensive Washington lead and carried them to their 11th victory of the season as they won 15-8.
The Wild Things return to action in Traverse City Wednesday as they look to win their second straight against the hosting Beach Bums, a feat that they have not accomplished since 2009. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.