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Beavers Score in Sudden Death to Beat Hoppers, 4-3

August 16th, 2023

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UTICA, Mich.Malek Bolin hit two home runs, bringing his season total to seven and Ray Hilbrich also hit a Beaver bomb to lead the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers (17-20) to a 4-3 sudden death victory over the Eastside Diamond Hoppers (20-17) on Wednesday night at Jimmy John’s Field.

Rudy Ramirez went 3-for-4 for the Beavers. Starting pitcher Andrew Verbrugge tossed 5.0 innings, scattering five hits and striking out three.

For the Hoppers, Noah Marcoux smashed a home run in his first at bat, scoring both runs. Marcoux finished the night 2-for-4. Joe Burke had two hits. Bryant Shellenbarger singled in the eighth inning scoring Burke and tying the game.

The sudden death format is as follows: a coin toss will take place at home plate between the managers of both teams. The home team will call their selection as the umpire tosses the coin. The winner of the coin toss will select whether they will take the field defensively or bat in the inning. The team at bat will remain the same batting order as the previous inning with the hitter making the last out placed at first base. If the team scores a run, they win. If they are held scoreless, the victory goes to the team on defense.