Battle Creek, St. Cloud to Meet in the Summer Collegiate World Series
The Battle Creek Bombers defeated the number one seed Wisconsin Rapids Rafters from dominating pitching performances as they advance to the World Series. The Rox tied the game in the ninth after losing the lead earlier and then scored the go ahead runs in the 12th to eliminate Mankato and move onto the World Series. Full Summer Collegiate World Series schedule is listed below.
St. Cloud 5, Mankato 2 (12 Innings)
The St. Cloud Rox came back and tied the game in the ninth and took the lead in the 12th and defeated the Mankato MoonDogs to move onto the World Series. The Rox got on the board right away with an unearned run in the top of the first. Mankato then took the lead in the bottom of the sixth from a wild pitch and an RBI single by Jake Shepski (Notre Dame). With two outs in the top of the ninth, Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas-Pine Bluff) forced extras with an RBI single. After two scoreless innings, Drew Avans (SE Louisiana) hit a double and drove in two after an error by the right fielder. Trevor Putzig (Tennessee Tech) knocked in one more from an RBI single which proved to be enough to eliminate the MoonDogs and move on.
Battle Creek 6, Wisconsin Rapids 1
The Battle Creek Bombers held the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters to just one run on four hits while eliminating them and advancing to the World Series. The Bombers scored right away with a leadoff home run by Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech). Storm Joop (Indianapolis) then led off the fourth with a home run and Stoffel drove in one from a single. Stoffel went deep again in the eighth while driving in two more. Rapids got one from Nick Anderson (Texas A&M-CC) as he drove in a run from a single, but Battle Creek got another in the top of the ninth and got two scoreless innings from Stoffel to win the game.
Schedule for the Summer Collegiate World Series:
Game one- August 16: Battle Creek @ St. Cloud (7:05 CST)
Game two- August 17: St. Cloud @ Battle Creek (7:05 EST)
Game three (If Necessary)- August 18: St. Cloud @ Battle Creek (7:05 EST)