TRAVERSE CITY — That was easy.
Chase Burch led a lusty 14-hit attack with three hits and five RBIs, and Reid Kelly pitched seven solid innings, as the Traverse City Beach Bums romped to an 11-3 Frontier League win over Washington on a warm Thursday evening at Wuerfel Park.
Traverse City scored seven runs in the first two innings to break it open.
"We're playing with a lot of confidence right now," Burch said.
Traverse City, which leads the East Division, won its fifth consecutive game on this homestand and improved to a league-best 26-12.
The Beach Bums pounded out 14 hits. Burch and Kyle Colligan had three hits apiece.
Brian Heere and Ryan Still, the first two batters in the lineup, reached base a combined nine times, scoring six runs.
"Heere and Still have been unbelievable at getting on," Burch said. "It seems every inning they're up, they're on. That makes our job that much easier — find a good pitch, hit it hard and they're going to score."
That happened in the first inning when Heere and Still singled and Jose Vargas drilled a home run to right. In the second, Still and Burch each doubled in two runs.
That proved to be a testy inning as Washington starter Jhonny Montoya, who allowed 10 of the 14 batters he faced to reach base, hit Vargas and Jeff Flagg with pitches, the second earning an ejection.
Kelly had no such difficulty. Although not as sharp as in some of his past outings, he still limited the Wild Things to two runs on five hits to raise his record to 5-1.
"I talked with him after the second inning," manager Gregg Langbehn said. "I thought he was overthrowing a little bit. He wasn't using his defense enough — not that he was striking guys out. I thought he was pitching away from contact, trying to get strike outs. I just said, 'Let the defense work for you. You've got a seven-run lead.' I thought he settled in after that."
The Beach Bums added a run in the sixth and then three more in the seventh on Burch's bases-loaded double.
Burch said he's just trying to keep up with teammates Vargas and Flagg, who are among the league leaders in RBIs.
"I'm trying to catch up to those two," Burch said. "They're tough."
"We've got guys in the middle of the lineup who are doing their jobs," added Langbehn. "We've got guys who are getting on for them. Everybody is contributing — one through nine"
Traverse City will go for the sweep tonight with Bennett Whitmore getting the start.
"We're playing well," Langbehn said. "We've been consistent all year. That's the biggest thing. We're pitching well. We're playing good defense. We're taking advantage of extra opportunities offensively."
Burch has big night in 11-3 victory over Wild Things
TRAVERSE CITY — That was easy.
Beach Bums beat Rockford Aviators, 4-3
It doesn't matter that the Beach Bums' bats didn't exactly break out of their little early-season slump.Continued ...
Frontier League Standings: 05/25/2013
Frontier League baseball at a glance:Continued ...
FINAL: Beach Bums 4, Rockford 3
A four-run seventh inning powered the Traverse City Beach Bums to a 4-3 win over Rockford at Wuerfel Park Friday night.Continued ...
Evansville sweeps Beach Bums
Ever have Otter Pops as a kid? Well, it was just about cold enough to make them Thursday at Wuerfel Park.Continued ...
Homecoming of sorts for ex-Bum Morrow
It was a good homecoming of sorts for Bryce Morrow. Wednesday’s rain-out allowed him to hang around with former college roommate Jake Sabol, who was the winning pitcher in Traverse City’s 10-0 win Tuesday.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 23, 2013
FINAL: Evansville 4, Beach Bums 1
Evansville completed a doubleheader sweep of the Traverse City Beach Bums by winning the nightcap 4-1 at Wuerfel Park tonight.Continued ...
FINAL: Evansville 6, Beach Bums 5
The Beach Bums' comeback bid fell just short in game one of a doubleheader today against Evansville, as the Otters won 6-5 in seven innings.Continued ...
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Fog cuts short Bums' win over Evansville
Not many people saw Taylor Wrenn’s two-run, two-out triple in the eighth that effectively ended Traverse City’s 10-0 Frontier League home opener win Tuesday over Evansville.Continued ...
Now it's Bums' Woodward's turn to deliver the hurt
Scott Woodward’s 2011 season was derailed by injuries and 2012 didn’t happen due to them. So far, 2013 looks like he’ll be hurting a lot of Frontier League teams.Continued ...
Beach Bums continue to take their looks at plate
The Beach Bums picked up right where they left off last regular season, drawing tons of walks. Traverse City added nine to its season total of 26. River City came in Tuesday’s games with 30 to lead the league.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 21, 2013
FINAL: Beach Bums 10, Evansville 0
The game didn't go the full nine innings, but the Traverse City Beach Bums still won their home opener 10-0 against the Evansville Otters Tuesday night.Continued ...
- Monday, May 20, 2013
Dunn shines, Bums win 1st game
Scott Dunn got it done Sunday. The veteran Traverse City righthander pitched seven shutout innings as the Beach Bums broke into the win column with a 6-2 victory over the Joliet Slammers.Continued ...
- Sunday, May 19, 2013
Beach Bums fall in Joliet, 6-3
Catcher Grant DeBruin went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs Saturday night as the Joliet Slammers made it two straight over the Traverse City Beach Bums, 6-3.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 18, 2013
Beach Bums lose, 5-2
Goose Kallunki drove in three runs Friday night as Joliet beat the Traverse City Beach Bums 5-2 in a Frontier League season opener.Continued ...
- Friday, May 17, 2013
FINAL: Joliet 5, Traverse City 2
The Traverse City Beach Bums lost their 2013 Frontier League season opener 5-2 to the Joliet Slammers on Friday night.Continued ...
UPDATE: Beach Bums, Slammers tied 1-1 in 4th
The Traverse City Beach Bums are tied with Joliet 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning of their 2013 Frontier League baseball season opener.Continued ...
Beach Bums open tonight against Joliet
Jacob Clem will get the start in tonight’s Traverse City Beach Bums opener at Joliet.Continued ...
- Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wuerfel Park power numbers on the rise
One season probably doesn't completely kill the opinion of Wuerfel Park. But after last season's surge in power numbers, the Beach Bums are doing their best to change the notion that their home park isn't friendly to hitters.Continued ...
Gusrang's move to outfield pays big dividends right away
Sean Gusrang was an infielder by trade. Until last season, that is.Continued ...
Bums' bullpen figures to be strong
If things go as expected, Beach Bums’ opponents may be hard-pressed to find success in the late stages of games.Continued ...
Vargas no laughing matter to Frontier League pitchers
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Nidiffer adds more than a bat to Bums' roster
Marcus Nidiffer is a coach on the field. He's also a pitcher's best friend. That's part of his job description as the catcher for the Traverse City Beach Bums.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Langbehn not yet ready to set Bums lineup
Starting rotation? Still working on it. Opening day pitcher? To be determined. Starting lineup? Pending.Continued ...
- Monday, May 6, 2013
Former Rippers find home with Beach Bums
Chris Kaminski witnessed a baseball franchise collapse last season. Which makes him all that more glad he's now with one that's been stable.Continued ...
- Friday, May 3, 2013
Skipper vows Bums will make it on merit
When Traverse City Beach Bums manager Gregg Langbehn met with his players this week he did not talk about goals.Continued ...
- Beach Bums beat Rockford Aviators, 4-3