Corndogs Fall to Burritos 6-3 in First Loss of Season
BATTLE CREEK, MI – The Kalamazoo Corndogs take loss number one on the 2017 campaign after falling to the Battle Creek Burritos 6-3 at historic C.O. Brown Stadium. The Burritos put up a 3-spot in the bottom half of the second-inning to get the ball rolling for the home team. The inning started with a base-hit to center for first baseman Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech), followed by a two out RBI-double for designated hitter Winston Welch (Arkansas State). The two-out rally continued for the Burritos as second baseman Cale Hennemann (Memphis) brought in run number two of the inning, followed by an RBI-single to left for shortstop Nikola Vasic (Southern Illinois).
The Kalamazoo Corndogs got on the board in the top half of the 7th-inning as second baseman Jason Sullivan (Central Michigan) knocked in starting shortstop Kyle Ziegler (Northwood) with a one out RBI-single into left field. The run was followed by a sacrifice fly and an RBI for catcher Nick Hutchins (Southern Illinois).
The Burritos didn’t let up, however, as right fielder Nick Walker (Austin Peay) drove in shortstop Nikola Vasic (Southern Illinois) in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI-double. Following Walker’s double, left fielder Cody Hawken (Portland) scored an inside-the-park home run to extend Battle Creek’s lead to 6-2.
The Corndogs managed to get one run back in the top of the 8th-inning when centerfielder Jeff Riedel (Ball State) drove in his fifth RBI of the season on a 2-out RBI single into left that scored Kalamazoo third baseman Andrew Huff (Middle Tennessee State). That’s all the Corndogs could get though as the team took its first loss of the season by a final score of 6-3 in Battle Creek.
The 2-1 Corndogs will return home to Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo, Michigan, tomorrow for game two of this brief two game set with Battle Creek. Both teams will return to normal form in the second game of the series. First pitch is set for 7:05 EDT.
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