West Michigan Riptide Dirtbags fall in Stan Musial regional semifinal game

By Ron Rop
Local Sports Journal

The West Michigan Riptide Dirtbags saw their tournament run come to an end Saturday night in the AABC Stan Musial North Central Regionals.

On a rainy night in Battle Creek, the Dirtbags dropped an 8-4 decision to Detroit Jet Set in the semifinals.

“It was a good game and we had our chances,” Dirtbag coach Bob Cavanaugh wrote in a text message.

The Dirtbags, a college-age team, had moved into the semifinals after defeating Flint 7-2 in a quarterfinal matchup earlier on Saturday.

That means Detroit will take on Oswego in Sunday’s noon championship game at C.O. Brown Stadium. Oswego defeated the Battle Creek Merchants 5-1 in a rain interrupted semifinal game.

The tournament champion will move on to the Stan Musial World Series later this month in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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