Battle Creek Pummels Kenosha in Bounce Back Win
Battle Creek, Mich – Coming off two losses in Kenosha on Wednesday and Thursday, Battle Creek’s offense awakened on Friday night handling the Kenosha Kingfish 7-3 at C.O. Brown Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of nearly 3,000. The Bombers are 5-1 at home this summer.
Battle Creek (8-3) got on the board first in the second inning, Alec Trela (University of Memphis) singled in his first at-bat as a Bomber. Storm Joop doubled to right to bring Trela around for the first run of the game.
Kenosha (7-4) had no answer for Battle Creek starter Tommy Parsons (Adrian College), Parsons retired the Kenosha lineup in order through the first three innings.
The Bombers, who have produced most of their runs this season with two outs, did so again in the bottom of the fifth. Logan Kaletha (Indiana University) started it off with a two-out walk, then Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech) reached on an error by the shortstop which advanced Kaletha to third and Stoffel to second. Nick Walker (Austin Peay) blasted a gap shot to right center to add on to Battle Creek’s lead, 3-0. Trela continued his hot start to the evening, yanking a single to left to score Walker.
With a 4-0 lead in the sixth, Kenosha finally started to hit off Parsons. Three singles led to Kenosha loading the bases with one out. Parsons managed to get out of the jam, working his magic by striking out one batter, and getting the third out with a fly out top centerfield. Parsons would end the night with his second win of the summer, pitching seven innings, allowing four hits, no runs and striking out four.
The Bombers exploded for three more runs in the bottom of the seventh, starting the rally off with back-to-back singles with Jordan McDonaugh (Evansville) and Gavin Homer (McHenry County). Kaletha would bunt them over, setting up a one out, two on in scoring position for Stoffel. Stoffel rocketed a single to right two runs, making it a 6-0 Battle Creek lead. Trela’s third hit of the game brought Stoffel home, and gave the home team Bombers a 7-0 lead.
Takoda Metoxen (University of Memphis) came in for his first relief stint of the summer in the eighth. Metoxen struggled with his command, hitting one batter and walking two to load the bases. Kenosha stayed patient at the plate, forcing another full count walk with bases juiced to score their first run of the game. Metoxen would get out of the inning with two strikeouts and a groundout.
Leading 7-1 in the ninth, Battle Creek would send T.J . Shook (Oakland University) to close the door, but Kenosha wouldn’t go away. With two outs and a runner on base, and error on J.D. Mundy (Virginia Tech) at first allowed the runner to score. Shook would allow a single to have two on with two outs. A wild pitch by Shook would score Kenosha’s third run of the game, but Shook would strike out the final batter for the win.
The Bombers are back in action tomorrow night (June 10) for their fourth consecutive game against the Kenosha Kingfish. It is Bark in the Park night, so bring your dogs out to C.O. Brown Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05, and the Bombers will throw Taylor Horn (Wayne State University). If you can’t make it out to the ballpark, Voices of the Bombers Neil Doyle and Jake Hromada will have the call on Northwoods League TV and the Bombers Radio Network ten minutes prior to first pitch.
Fans can guarantee tickets to the team’s top weekend dates of the season by locking in the Bombers 5-game pack. Five-game packs are $59 and include the best seats at the team’s five best games with all-you-can-eat food and beverages and guaranteed giveaways. Fans can buy online by going to http://northwoodsleague.com/battle-creek-bombers/tickets/5-game-packs/. Fans can also call the team’s front office at (269) 962-0735 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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