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Field of Dreams takes center stage at Booyah game

By Murray Gleffe


ASHWAUBENON—The famous line ‘If you build it, they will come’ rang true Sunday afternoon at first year Capital Credit Union Park.

Actor Dwier Brown, who played John Kinsella in Field of Dreams, made a special guest appearance in Green Bay to throw out the first pitch.

One day after throttling Traverse City, the Pit Spitters defeated the Green Bay Booyah by a final of 2-0.

“We hit the ball really well today,” said Tom Carty. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t drive anybody home when we needed to.”

Green Bay Booyah starting pitcher No. 26 Chris Jefferson. Photo by Murray Gleffe

Chris Jefferson took the loss for the Booyah going seven strong innings and giving up one run.

Kyle Jones received the win for Traverse City pitching six innings without giving up a run.

“Chris was seeing his pitches well today,” added Carty. “They (Traverse City) didn’t get much to work with for much of the game.”

With one out in the top of the second, Jake Wilson drove a single to center and then Christian Faust doubled to right field.

As Wilson was rounding the bases to come home, the throw from Nick Kreutzer to Blaise Maris was perfection as Wilson was thrown out to keep the game scoreless.

With two outs, Daniel Head hit a double off the centerfield scoreboard, scoring Faust, to end the Pit Spitters drought and put them up 1-0.

The Booyah had a golden opportunity to notch their first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth.

With two outs, and Kreutzer on first after a single, Matt Korman ripped a double to left field that went towards the side bleachers. With two runners on, though, the Booyah couldn’t convert striking out to end the inning.

In the top of the eighth Traverse City added another run to go up 2-0.

The Booyah had one final opportunity in the final half inning of the game.

Mike Ruggiero led off with a walk.

With two outs and the game on the line, Brady West laced a double to opposite field to put runners on second and third.

Green Bay, however, couldn’t come up with the big hit when they needed to as the Pit Spitters walked away with the road victory.

“We’re amongst a large group of teams around .500 or just below,” Carty said about the playoffs. “We want to play this last week strong. We only can control what we do on the field.”

Box Score:

Traverse City: 010 000 010– 2 10 0

Green Bay: 000 000 000—0 11 0

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