Chinooks Stay Hot, Sweep the Bombers
By: Pat Mullen
Mequon, Wisc.- There would be no fog to delay the game tonight between the Lakeshore Chinooks and the Battle Creek Bombers, but the results stayed the same.
The Chinooks won the second in a row against the Bombsquad, coming out on top 6-3 on a breezy, cool night.
Andrew Mitchell (LSU) had his first start of the season as the rotation was in a bind, but unfortunately for both Mitchell and the Bombers an error early was costly.
Mitchell retired the first two batters of the game and had a softly hit ground ball botched at third base to keep the Chinooks alive. From there, they strung together a few nice at bats to plate two runs.
"It was a costly error with two outs, turning into a big inning after that," Coach Robinson stated in the locker room. "And then we had to pull him (Mitchell) because he went two over the pitch count regulation."
Robinson was referring to the NWL rules, disallowing a pitcher to re-enter a game if he throws 35+ pitches in the previous inning. Mitchell threw 37.
From there, Joe Mockbee (Michigan State) and Jordan Grosjean (Central Michigan) did solid relief work, entering and giving up two runs each from the second inning on.
Offensively, the Bombers were led by Brandon Van Horn (Dallas Baptist). Van Horn, an everyday shortstop, was also thrown into a new spot defensively by the coaching staff (first base).
"I can't say I was comfortable out there but Coach Rob asked if I would play first," Van Horn said. "And I will go play wherever it takes to get in the lineup and give the team a chance to win."
Van Horn looked good at the plate as well, getting on base all four times.
"I think it is about going out up there ready to compete every night and tonight a couple balls fell that haven't been falling."
The Bombers were in the game the whole way, but just could not find that moment to get over the hump and take a lead.
In the end, The Chinook closer came in to get the save and the Bombers dropped their third of the four game road trip in southeast Wisconsin.
Battle Creek heads back to C.O. Brown for a seven game home stand (including a home and home with Kalamazoo) where they look to get back on track.
First pitch tomorrow night is 7:05 ET verse the Kenosha Kingfish.
Brandon Van Horn: 2-2, 2 BB, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Matt Dacey: 1-1, RBI
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