Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc. – The Battle Creek Bombers (38-28, 18-12) fell in both games to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (49-18, 22-9) in extras 4-3 and 9-1 on Monday evening.
Battle Creek fell behind early, as starter Tyler Garam (Greensboro College) allowed a run with two outs. A bad pickoff attempted allowed the runner to move from first to third, which eventually led to an RBI single and 1-0 Rapids lead.
Down 1-0, the Bombers got a leadoff single from Nahwon Norkeh (Tennessee Wesleyan). Justin Felix (Arkansas State) brought him home on a double to tie the game. A familiar face would step to the plate, Storm Joop (University of Indianapolis). Joop started his Battle Creek return by cranking a three-run home run to left center to give the Bombers a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Garam got in some trouble. The Rafters loaded the bases with no outs. Luckily he got a gift from the defense. A line-him-out throw-him-out double play to Nikola Vasic (Southern Illinois) had the Rafters with runners on second and third with two outs. Though Wisconsin Rapids wouldn’t falter. A two out single scored the two runners making it 3-3.
Battle Creek had a shot to break the tie with bases loaded in the sixth with singles from Nick Walker (Austin Peay) and Norkeh followed by a walk by Felix. Vasic would ground one to second base to end the inning. The Rapids Rafters also left two on base with two outs, but failed the score.
Both teams would leave runners on base in the seventh. In extras, Battle Creek got a single from Walker and Felix walked, but with two outs Vasic grounded out again.
The Rafters, on the first pitch by Garam in the eighth, belted a solo walk-off home run to win the game for Wisconsin Rapids 4-3.
It was all Rapids Rafters from start to finish. In the first two innings, the league-leading Rafters scored five runs off five hits off starter Tyler Kirkwood (Delta College). In the third inning, Ashton Knutson (Ridgewater College) allowed two more runs off two hits for an early 7-0 Rafters lead. Battle Creek would follow in the fourth with a run of their own, Hawken scored on an RBI double by Alex Howard (Arkansas State).
Knutson would surrender one run in the fourth and get out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth. Wisconsin Rapids had a 8-1 lead after five innings. The Bombers would send Alec Berry (Elmhurst College) to relieve Knutson, and Berry allowed one run off a hit and a defensive error. Battle Creek entered the final inning down 9-1.
Despite two runners on base, Battle Creek would be retired to end the game.
Battle Creek will have an off day on August 8 for the Major League Dreams Showcase, where Bombers players Nick Walker, Mark Quinby (UC San Diego) and Nahwon Norkeh will play. Keep up to date on the Bombers Twitter page @bcbombers. BC will be back in action Wednesday night at 7:05 CT against the Rafters in the season finale at Witter Field. Neil Doyle and Jake Hromada will have the call on the Bombers Radio Network.
A family night out for less than the cost of a tank of gas? Yep. Game tickets, meals and caps, all for less than 30 bucks total. Fill ‘er up. It hasn’t been much fun to go to the pumps lately. Well we’ve got something that gives you great mileage when you consider family fun. You can take your family to a game, buy them dinner, get a free gift for each, and the whole evening costs less than a tank of gas.
Here’s the deal:
1. Four Reserved Grandstand seats to a Battle Creek Bombers game.
2. Four quality Bombers caps.
Wear ‘em, tip ‘em or talk through ‘em. These four embroidered caps help everyone remember this special night for years to come. If you bought these caps in a store, they would cost $15 each.
3. One large DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish, One Crazy Bread®, One 2-Liter Soda.
Food is all part of the game plan. Chow down before the game if you like. Or stop in on the way home after the game. Or use the free meal whenever you wish. Each family gets one large DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza, one Crazy Bread®, and one 2-liter pop.
You can call us or come to our ticket office to buy. Or you can always order on our website BattleCreekBombers.com. Deals for individuals and parties of two are also available.
Friends and Family Deal – $29.99
Reserved Bleacher Seats
1 Large DEEP!DEEP!TM Dish Pizza
1 Crazy Bread®
4 Bombers Hats
Double – $15.00
2 Reserved Bleacher Seats
A large Classic Pepperoni
2 Bombers Hats
Single – $7.50
1 Reserved Bleacher Seat
Half of a Large DEEP!DEEP!TM Dish Pizza
1 Bombers Hat
Stop in: 189 Bridge St., Battle Creek, MI 49017
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The Battle Creek Bombers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.battlecreekbombers.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bombers as your favorite team.