Battle Creek, Mich.—The Battle Creek Bombers and Wisconsin Rapids Rafters played a double header today following a rainout yesterday. The Bombers and Rafters would split the double header with the Rafters taking Game 1 by a score of 8-2 and the Bombers winning in walk-off fashion, 5-4, in Game 2.
The Bombers jumped out early to a 2-0 lead over the Rafter in the bottom of the first in Game 1, but that would be the entirety of their offense in that game. The Rafters put up 4 runs in two separate innings and ran away with Game 1 for their seventh victory of the year.
In game two, the Bombers got things going to help split the series with the Rafters.
A lot of that fell on the shoulders of Kyle Slack (Toledo), who had yet another solid pitching performance against Wisconsin Rapids. Slack, who is 2-1 on the season, looked for his third win against the Rafters.
He pitched well enough for Battle Creek to get the win, going five innings and giving up one earned run.
Unfortunately for Kyle, the Rafters plated three runs in the sixth inning to tie the game up at four.
The Bombers offense was sparked by Joey Havrilak (Akron) who had a two run homerun in the fourth inning. He then sacrifice bunted Bryan Daniello (UConn) down to second in the tenth inning, but a wild throw down to first advanced the runners to second and third.
From there, the Rafters intentionally walked Laz Rivera (Miami) and gave opportunity to the Bombers with no outs in extras.
David Richards IV (Savannah State) stepped up to the plate for Battle Creek and got it done, taking ball four on a full count to bring in Daniello for a walk-off walk.
The Bombers now head to Wisconsin for a four game road trip as they face off verse the Kenosha Kingfish, followed up by the Lakeshore Chinooks. First pitch tomorrow in Kenosha is 2:05 ET.
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