After losing their first game of the 2011 season Friday night, the Bombers traveled to Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and battled back from a 5-2 deficit to win in thrilling style: an 8-6 10th-inning victory over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in an exhausting 3:20 game at Witter Field.
Battle Creek jumped ahead early when Jordan Dean led-off the game with a single, and was brought around to score on a Jimmy Martinez RBI double, who would score in the same inning after stealing third base and coming home on a wild pitch.
The Rafters, who entered the game 0-3, were scoreless until the third inning, when second baseman Jordan Tackett slugged a homerun into right field. There was more of the same in the fourth when Evan Stermer and Tyler Camps piled on with back-to-back homers, scoring four runs in the inning. But the Bombers surged back in the seventh and eighth, scoring pairs of runs in each, with RBI credits going to Ryne Otis (3), and Dan Dispensa in his first game of 2011.
Neither team scored in the ninth, and the Bombers scored the game-winning runs when Rhett Goodmiller singled into right and Otis crossed when Goodmiller intentionally got himself in a rundown.
The series will conclude tomorrow with a 1:05 contest, and afterwards the Bombers will drive east for a trio of games with the Green Bay Bullfrogs. Fans can listen to live broadcasts online at www.battlecreekbombers.com, with Greg Talbott calling the action.