By: Ari Ross, Broadcaster
The Battle Creek Bombers topped the Kenosha Kingfish, 6-2 at C.O. Brown Stadium Thursday night to move back to .500 on the year.
Scoreless through four, the Bombers finally got to Christian Bokich, the Kingfish starter, in the bottom of the fifth.
With one out, Storm Joop, in his Bombers' debut, singled and moved to second on an errant throw by Marty Bechina. A hit by pitch drawn by Cody Young put runners at first and second before the Bombers loaded the bases on Cody Sporrer's fielder's choice as Joop slid safely into third base as the throw from shortstop Blake Reese pulled third baseman Marty Bechina off the bag.
Daniel Patzlaff followed Sporrer's fielder's choice with a single to right, scoring Joop and Young to give the Bombers a 2-0 lead before Dorow's two out single extended their lead to 3-0.
In the top of the sixth, the Kingfish would begin to figure out Bombers' starter Malcolm Grady the third time through the order. After a leadoff walk, back-to-back singles from Pete Schuler and Gunnar McNiell cut the Bombers' lead to 3-1, and after Dylan Rosa popped out, Cal Jadacki's single made it 3-2.
But Colton Bradley relieved Grady and only needed on pitch to get out of the inning, getting Mason Fishback to ground into a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning with the Bombers leading 3-2.
Grady pitched 5.1 innings for the Bombers in his sixth start of the year, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out a season-high five batters.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bombers would get the runs back though, as with runners at second and third, Sporrer lined a single up the middle to score Joop and Young and extend the Bombers' lead to 5-2.
The Bombers would add another in the seventh as Nick Poirier led off the inning with a single, advancing to second on Dorow's single and third on the errant throw to first. With runners at second and third, a wild pitch would allow Poirier to score from third to extend the lead to 6-2.
And that would be all the Bombers needed as Bradley and Max Ritchie shut the Kingfish down the rest of the game. Grady picked up the win for the Bombers, his third of the year, while Bokich took the loss.
With the win the Bombers move back to .500 on the season, 27-27 overall and 9-9 in the second half. Kenosha falls to 20-35 and 4-11 in the second half.
The Bombers will go for the sweep of the Kingfish Friday night at 7:05 at C.O. Brown Stadium as Cody Puckett will get the start for Battle Creek.