Chinooks Fall After A Scoring Battle With Bombers
Battle Creek, MI – After a long eleven inning battle Wednesday night between your Lakeshore Chinooks and the Battle Creek Bombers, the game had to be suspended due to a time curfew that is set at Kapco Park. The game was resumed Thursday night in Battle Creek Michigan and turned the night into a double header.
Taking the mound for the top of the twelfth was Chinooks righty pitcher Dan Twitty (St Leo) who held the Bombers scoreless. After Twitty did his job, it brought up the top of the Chinooks order in the bottom of the twelfth. Matt Reardon (Florida Gulf Coast) reached first after being hit by a pitch and advanced to third after Joe Duncan (Eastern Illinois) roped a single. Kevin Riley (Chaffey CC) was intentionally walked which brought up Kurtis Brown (Richmond) who ripped the game winning RBI single to secure the Chinooks a 6-5 win over the Bombers.
Immediately after was game two of the evening where Tyler Jandron (UW-Parkside) got the start for the Chinooks. Jandron made his seventh start on the year and came into the game with 3-1 record, a 1.45 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his 43.1 innings of work.
The Bombers reached the board first in the bottom of the second after Dean Miller (River City College) reached first off an error by the Chinooks defense. Daniel Jipping (Central Michigan) brought Miller home after he doubled and Storm Joop (Indianapolis) singled to put runners on first and third for the Bombers. Cody Sporrer (UC-Riverside) extended their lead after he hit an RBI single and stole home to put the Bombers up 3-0.
On the mound for the Bombers was Nigel Ward (Cal Poly) who made his sixth start on the year and came into the game with a 4.29 ERA in his 35.2 innings pitched.
The Chinooks added on their first run of the evening in the top of the third after Reardon led off with a triple and extended himself to a 16 game hitting streak. Reardon was later able to score off of a put out by Duncan to made it 3-1 Bombers.
Tim DalPorto (Kent State) kept the Chinooks rolling in the top of the fifth after he singled and Brown smacked an RBI double to bring the Chinooks within one. James Bleming (Lehigh) tied it up at 3 apiece after he hit a two out RBI single that scored Brown.
The tie did not last for long as the Bombers added on another run after Christian Helsel (Penn State) came home due to a passed ball to put the Bombers up 4-3.
David Inman (Florida Southwestern) was called in from the Bombers bullpen in the top of the sixth where he got out of the inning clean. The top of the seventh went differently as the Chinooks tied it up after Owen Miller (Illinois State) reached first after being hit by a pitch and later stole second. Miller reached home off of a fielder’s choice and evened the score up at 4-4.
Jandron went five innings and gave up four runs while racking up six strikeouts and was replaced on the mound by Chinooks relief pitcher Dalton Allen (Augustana).
The Bombers regained themselves the lead in the bottom of the seventh after Miller hit a 2 run home run that put the Bombers up 6-4.
After a very back and forth game, the final run of the evening would be added on by the Bombers in the bottom of the eighth after Jarrod Watkins (Wabash Valley CC) singled and later scored off of an error by the Chinooks defense. The Bombers went on to earn themselves a 7-4 win over the Chinooks.
The Chinooks and the Bombers will face off again Friday night at 7:05 where the Chinooks will look to redeem themselves with a win.
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