The Battle Creek Bombers were swept Sunday afternoon by the Kokomo Jackrabbits, dropping the second game of the series 6-3. The game was tied in the bottom of the eighth inning when Evan Albrecht, in his first at-bat after entering the game as a defensive replacement, hit a 2-RBI double to give Kokomo the lead. The Jackrabbits added one more run off of reliever Jordan Rhodes and would hold on to win by three.
Lyle Hibbitts delivered a relatively short start for Battle Creek, throwing three innings and allowing two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three. Aaron Husson responded with a strong outing for Kokomo in his second start of the year. The UMBC right-hander delivered five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out four batters.
After falling behind in the game 2-0, Battle Creek rallied back with a run apiece in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game. An RBI single from Jack Merrifield in the fourth brought Battle Creek within one, and a throwing error from catcher Austin Elder in the fifth allowed Erik Owen to score to knot the score at two.
Kokomo responded in the bottom of the fifth, though, scoring one more run to retake the lead. Designated hitter Ethan Gallagher walked with the bases loaded off of reliever Pablo Arevalo, and the Jackrabbits pulled ahead 3-2. Battle Creek had an opportunity to respond in the bottom of the sixth, but Kokomo reliever Joey Haass escaped a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam to protect a one-run advantage. Battle Creek would get one run back in the seventh, though, off of a RBI single from Josh Sears to knot the game at three. Beaux Bonvillain ran into trouble in the eighth though, and Albrecht delivered to put away the Bombers.
Monday, Battle Creek has a scheduled day off for the first time in the 2019 Northwoods League schedule, but return to C.O. Brown Stadium on Tuesday for a doubleheader against the Rockford Rivets.
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