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Hoppers Win Close Game Over Unicorns, 3-2

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UTICA, Mich. – Right-handed pitcher Pete Grasso threw 5.0 scoreless innings, scattering three hits and struck out three, while Gunnar Buhner went 2-for-3, with a sacrifice fly and RBI to lead the Eastside Diamond Hoppers (12-12) to a narrow 3-2 victory over the Utica Unicorns (12-13) in front of a lively crowd on Thursday night at Jimmy John’s Field.

Tonight was the first-ever game played with the USPBL 2.5 rule in full effect. The Diamond Hoppers and Unicorns played all nine innings in exactly 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Making his USPBL debut, Diamond Hoppers’ Brian Parreira finished 2-for-4 and drove in one run. RHP Keaton Aldridge earned the save, striking out three in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Leading the Unicorns at the plate was Daniel Williams and Austin LaDoux each went 2-for-3 for Utica.

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UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, July 13th
Utica Unicorns (12-13) vs. Westside Woolly Mammoths (13-10), 7:05 p.m. first pitch (Gates open at 6 p.m.)
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PROMOTIONS: Fireworks Friday / Blackjack the Border Collie
Before the spectacular fireworks show, catch Blackjack the Border Collie.

Fireworks Friday
Join us for a great night of professional baseball and a spectacular fireworks show immediately following the ballgame.

Blackjack the Border Collie
Watch Blackjack the Border Collie sail through the air and catch some frisbees.

Founders Fridays
$1 off Founders in the Short Hops Craft Beer Garden.  Not applicable to the discount on Founders if the Beer Batter of the Game gets a hit. 

Saturday, July 14th
Westside Woolly Mammoths (13-10) vs. Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers (10-12), 7:05 p.m. first pitch (Gates open at 6 p.m.)
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PROMOTIONS: WCSX Classic Rock Saturday – Tom Petty Tribute Band / Family Campout
Enjoy some live classic rock music, mingle with WCSX radio personalities and stay on Jimmy John’s Field.

WCSX Classic Rock
Detroit’s Classic Rock station will feature some of its radio personalities at the game, including Erin V who will sing the National Anthem before the game. Live music by Teddy Petty and the Refugees.

Family Campout
A special ticket offer that will allow you and your family to experience one of the most unique and awesome nights of your life. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or coming to the campout night for the first time, take a moment to enjoy the evening on Jimmy John’s Field.

Sunday, July 15th
Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers (10-12) vs. Eastside Diamond Hoppers (12-12), 1:05 p.m. first pitch, (Gates Open at Noon)
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PROMOTIONS: Sunday Fun Day with the Ice Princesses and FREE Dippin’ Dots
Join us for an Icy Sunday presented by Fairytale Entertainment, with free Dippin’ Dots.

Enjoy an icy Sunday Fun Day at Jimmy John’s Field with Snow Queen and Frozen Princess Ann presented by Fairytale Entertainment. Get the chance to meet and take photos with characters from the movie as they make their way around the ballpark.

Free Dippin’ Dots
The first 500 fans in the gates will receive free Dippin’ Dots.

**Snow Queen and Frozen Princess Ann will be at the main gates at 12 p.m. for meet and greets. They will be visiting fans around the ballpark from 1 – 3 p.m.

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