Beach Bums Drop Series Opener with CornBelters

TRAVERSE CITY – The Traverse City Beach Bums kicked off their three-game series with the Normal CornBelters Friday with a 5-1 loss at Wuerfel Park.

Normal got to Traverse City starter Austin Bembnowski early, tagging the right-hander for four earned runs on three hits over the first two innings.

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Steven Patterson drove in Will Kengor for Traverse City’s only run on an RBI ground out to second.

Jose Vargas and Gaby Juarbe combined for four of Traverse City’s eight hits.

The two teams continue their series Saturday.

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