Battle Creek, MI- The Battle Creek Bombers used a six-run, six-hit inning Tuesday evening at C.O. Brown Stadium to top the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, 9-4. Jackson Slaid added two hits, including an extra base hit in the eight inning, but the Rafters left 10 men on base for the second consecutive evening to drop to 2-4 in the first six games of the second half.
Brad Stroik was flawless through his first four innings of work, scattering four base hits while leaving four runners on base, but Stroik ran into a wall to begin the fifth inning. Daniel Cuejen led off by reaching on a walk and Joe Serrano followed with a double down the right field corner to score the first run of the game. The hit by Serrano was part of a six-hit inning that included a two-run home by the Bomber left fielder, Matthew Fears. By the end of the fifth inning, the Bombers held a convincing lead, 6-0.
Erik Payne led the Rafters offensive attack in the sixth inning when the Virginia Tech Hokie reached on his second hit of the game on a well-struck single up the middle. Zack Belanger would reach on a walk and Cort Brinson would bring both around on his second extra base of the season to plate Belanger and Payne to draw the Rafters within four at 6-2.
Battle Creek pushed across another run in the bottom of the sixth when Cam Gibson reached on a single to left and scored on a double down the left field line by Kade Scivique to successful end the Rafters threat, 7-2.
Wisconsin Rapids pushed across two more runs in the eighth and ninth inning when Slaid and Jeremy Montalbano each clubbed extra base knocks to right field to push the third run across. The fourth and final run would come in the form of an RBI single by Slaid to score Michael Jurgella in the ninth.
The loss dropped the Rafters to 4-2 this season against the Battle Creek Bombers and 2-3 on their current six-game road trip.
The Rafters will concluded their six-game four-city road trip tomorrow evening when they travel to Joannes stadium to face the Green Bay Bullfrogs. The Rafters this season are 3-1 against the Bullfrogs. First pitch is schedule for 7:05 p.m. Fans can listen to tomorrow nights game by tuning into WFHR AM 1320.
COURTESY WISCONSIN RAPIDS RAFTERS