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Published On: June 6th, 2019

Five Straight for the Growlers as they take first in I-94 Rivalry

Kalamazoo, MI — The Kalamazoo Growlers took down the Battle Creek Bombers 6-4 in the first meeting between the two teams.

It looked down in the second inning after the Bombers scored three on starter Braydon Nelson (St. Bonaventure).

But, Miko Rodriguez (Texas A&M) said, “Not so fast,” and delivered a three run home run to tie the ball game in the bottom half of the inning. The equalizer scored Noah Marcoux (Davenport) and Dakota Kotowski (Missouri State) and triggered a perfect third frame for Nelson.

The Growlers then obtained the lead in the fourth on an RBI groundout from Drew Blakely (UVA), that scored Rodriguez.

Battle Creek scored one in the sixth to even the game at four, but the bats got rolling in the seventh for Kalamazoo.

A pair of singles from Shea Kramer (Utah) and Clay Owens (U of Southern Cal), who both came around to score on wild pitches from Mitchell Lee.

The bullpen for the Growlers remained consistent as DJ Moore (Huntington), Michael Dunkelberger (Indiana), and Will Mullen (WMU) all pitched one shutout inning each, combining for four strikeouts.

The I-94 Rivalry continues tomorrow night at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek. First pitch is set for 7:05.


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