By Luke Tanaka, Radio Broadcaster
Mequon, Wis. – One night was not enough to finish the marathon affair between the Battle Creek Bombers and Lakeshore Chinooks Friday night at Kapco Park.
The game was suspended in the 17th inning due to a City of Mequon ordinance mandating that no inning begin after 10:45 p.m.
One out away from a loss in the ninth, the Bombers rallied for four consecutive singles, tying the score and sending the game into extra innings.
The Chinooks put a runner on third in three different extra innings, but could not cash in with the winning hit. Lin Li (Taiwan) saved the game in the 12th, ranging far to his left and spinning a throw to Tyler Walsh (Belmont) to start a 4-6-3 double play.
Infielder Christian Helsel pitched the final two innings, stranding a runner at third in the 17th.
The two teams will pick up the game in the 18th inning tomorrow (Saturday) at 5:05 p.m. with the score tied 4-4. The regularly scheduled game will follow with a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.
Full details will be provided in a recap after the game's conclusion.
The Battle Creek Bombers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). For more information, visit www.battlecreekbombers.com.