Lakeshore Falls in Eleven at Battle Creek
Lakeshore pitching combined for eighteen strikeouts, but the Bombers walked off in the eleventh.
Right-hander Sterling Koerner (Florida Gulf Coast) came on for the eleventh inning. Bombers center fielder Spencer Thornton hit a leadoff triple. He scored on a wild pitch, third strike to Bryan Daniello. Battle Creek won the game, 1-0.
Each team had only four hits in the contest. Both the Chinooks and Bombers pitching was efficient on Wednesday, and a pitching duel ensued.
James Teague (Arkansas) started the game for Lakeshore. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, until he gave up a single to David Richards IV. Teague surrendered the sole hit, issued one walk and struck out eight. In three previous appearances, he had nine total strikeouts.
The righty Teague was the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night on July 2 for his performance.
Battle Creek starting pitcher Jacob Waguespack was solid as well. In eight innings, he gave up no runs off three hits. He had three strikeouts.
The Chinooks had two newcomers pitch in relief. First, lefty Hunter Devall (LSU) struck out the side in the seventh. Will Headean (Illinois State) tossed three innings. The righty gave up one hit and struck out six.
After pitching the eleventh, Matt Rhodes picked up his first win of the season. Koerner (2-1) received the loss.
The team will play the Bombers again on Thursday, July 3. First pitch will be at 6:35 p.m. at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek, Mich. They will also face the Kalamazoo Growlers on July 4 and 5, before returning home on July 6 to play the Green Bay Bullfrogs.
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