Woolly Mammoths Edge Beavers, 5-4
UTICA, Mich. – Ethan Wiskur went 2-for-3 with a home run and right-handed pitcher Brady Batten threw 3.0 scoreless innings to earn his fourth save of the season to lead the Westside Woolly Mammoths (27-21) past the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers (23-22), 5-4, on Friday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Jimmy John’s Field.
Wiskur, a native of Clio, Mich., has a league-best 13 home runs and is just one shy of tying the all-time USPBL record of 25, set by the Beavers’ Nic Wilson (2016-17). Jake Barbee finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Beavers stranded 13 runners in the game as the Mammoths continued to pitch their way out of jams. RHP Matt Cronin (7-0) made the start, throwing 4.2 innings, scattering five hits, two earned runs and struck out five. RHP Reid Feeley (2-0) picked up the win in relief.
The Woolly Mammoths will take on the Utica Unicorns (27-21) in a regular-season championship game on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Gates will open at 6 p.m. for Military Appreciation Night and Country Music by up and coming singer and newly signed Sony Recording Artist Bernadette Kathryn and the Lonely Days Band.