Battle Creek, Mich. – For just the third time this year, the Battle Creek Bombers (13-6) dropped a contest at C.O. Brown Stadium 6-1 to the Madison Mallards (8-10) on Saturday night.
An early error on the Bombers got the Madison offense going right away, the error and a double gave the Mallards a 1-0 lead. Battle Creek was retired in order to start.
In the second inning, Madison continued to hit off Battle Creek starter James Rodgers (Davenport University). Madison loaded the bases and hit a single to left to take a 2-0 lead and keep the bases loaded. Another single for the Mallards saw Madison take a 3-0 lead over Battle Creek.
Jusin Felix (Arkansas State) got his Bombers debut started with a hit to left field, though he was left on base to keep Battle Creek scoreless. In the third, Cale Hennemann (University of Memphis) rocketed a single to right, but again, the Battle Creek offense failed to bring him around.
The Mallards would do the most damage in the fourth, scoring three runs off just two hits. Rodgers was replaced with T.J. Shook (Oakland University) who walked a batter to load the bases and walked the next batter to allow a run to score. Madison took a 6-0 lead.
The Bombers would get another hit from Felix, who doubled to left center. Then, lightning was seen in the area which started an hour rain delay at C.O. Brown Stadium.
J.D. Mundy (Virginia Tech) would put the Bombers on the board with a double to score Alex Howard (Arkansas State) for his thirteenth RBI of the summer. Despite the one run for the Bombers, Madison would blank Battle Creek in the ninth.
Both Madison and Battle Creek will face each other again tomorrow, June 18 at 2:05. Fans who can’t make it can tune into Neil Doyle and Jake Hromada on the Bombers Radio Network starting at 1:55.
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