Patterson Rallies Beach Bums Past Freedom

TRAVERSE CITY – Steven Patterson’s eighth-inning solo home run lifted the Traverse City Beach Bums to a 4-3 win over the Florence Freedom at Wuerfel Park on Tuesday.

Trailing 3-0 through 5 1/2 innings of Tuesday’s series opener, the Beach Bums (25-35) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, including a two-run home run by Jose Vargas, to tie the contest.

Luke Barker picked up the victory in relief, striking out three while not allowing a hit in two innings of work.

Starter Kramer Champlin was lifted after the sixth inning after giving up three runs (one earned) on eight hits while fanning four.

Vargas led Traverse City at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, while Christian Santisteban was 2-for-3.

The two teams will meet again Wednesday.

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.