A four-run first inning gave the Kalamazoo Growlers a big enough cushion Monday night as they defeated the La Crosse Loggers 8-2 at Copeland Park.
John Brodner doubled to the wall in right to start the scoring for the Growlers (14-18, 27-40). They would get two more unearned runs in the frame to take a commanding 4-0 lead before the Loggers even had a chance to swing the bat.
When they did, Nash Knight provided some early offense with a solo homer to right field that barely cleared the wall. It was a tough night to score runs otherwise though, as the Loggers' only other run would come in the seventh inning on a Kevin Zak groundout.
With the loss, the Loggers are now 10-22 in the second half of the Northwoods League and 31-36 overall.
Both teams have an off day Tuesday as select players participate in the Northwoods League Big League Dreams Showcase in Madison. The Loggers are sending Ryne Birk, Luke Persico, Breckin Williams, and Mark Ecker to Warner Park.
On Wednesday the Loggers and Growlers meet again at Copeland Park for the second game of what will become a four-game series by week's end. The teams pack up and travel to Kalamazoo for games on Thursday and Friday.
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