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Bombers drop Opening Day in extras, 5-3

The Battle Creek Bombers opened their 2017 season at home, but fell in 13 innings 5-3 to the Lakeshore Chinooks.  

Lakeshore plated 2 runs in the top of the 13th off Bombers reliever Christian Griffin, a sac fly from Justin Bardwell then a wild pitch brought in Daniel Desimone.  

The Bombers held a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth, but the Chinooks scored on a Caleb Dean RBI-single to tie the game.  First baseman Zach Biermann helped head the Chinooks offense going 3-6 with an RBI.

Trent Johnson got the start for the Bombers, delivering a strong first outing lasting 6.0 innings, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 12 in a no decision effort.  Taylor Horn was also solid out of the bullpen, going 2.0 innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit.  

All of the Battle Creek three runs came in the sixth inning with the offense only producing 8 hits in the 13 innings.  Designated hitter Cody Hawken produced his only hit of the day in the sixth with a 2-rbi double.  Storm Joop would round out the Bombers scoring with a sac fly that brought in Hawken.  Tom Stoffel led the team in hitting going 2-6 and scoring a run.  

The Chinooks went with right-hander Shane Smith to start the season, as he lasted 6.0 innings allowing all three of the Bombers runs.  Four other relieves entered the game, with Nick Campe picking up his first win of the season in 2.0 innings of relief.  

Battle Creek will look to split the series tomorrow evening against Lakeshore, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.  

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