During the regular season, the River City Rascals led the Frontier League in hitting and have shown that hitting prowess time and again in the postseason. On Tuesday night, the Rascals had no answers at the plate for Traverse City starter Kramer Champlin.
Champlin, baffled River City hitters, as Traverse City cruised to a 6-0 victory in game one of the Frontier League Championship Series at Wuerfel Park in Traverse City, MI.
Turning in seven innings of work, Champlin was a headache for the Rascals as he struck out seven and allowed just six hits on the night.
Tim Koons was the starter and loser for River City. Koons gave up five runs on nine hits and lasted just five innings on the hill.
A sacrifice fly from Jose Vargas put the Beach Bums up 1-0 in the first inning. In the second, Yadi Arbuelo cracked a lead-off home run and Jeff DeBlieux added a sac fly making it 3-0.
Arbuelo ripped an RBI-single in the third to make it 4-0. Brandon Jacobs pounded a homer to left center field in the fifth pushing the lead to 5-0.
In the bottom of the seventh, Traverse City (60-38) got its final run as Vargas scored on a wild pitch for a 6-0 score.
Designated hitter Zach Kometani led River City with a 2 for 4 performance, while third baseman and League MVP Taylor Ard was 0 for 3 with a walk.
Arbuelo and Jacobs each had two hits with Arbuelo driving in two runs.
Traverse City outhit the Rascals 9-7.
River City (59-48) looks to even the series in game two Wednesday night at Wuerfel Park at 7:05 p.m.