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Bombers Walk off on Rivets in Dramatic Comeback

June 14, 2019 - Northwoods League (Northwoods) - Battle Creek Bombers News Release

Battle Creek Bombers on the mound
Battle Creek Bombers on the mound
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The Battle Creek Bombers won their first extra innings game of the season 8-7 via a walk-off wild pitch in the bottom half of the 11th inning.

Battle Creek needed a remarkable six-run comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning to force free baseball. Down 7-1 entering the inning, Erik Owen led off with a walk and Kelby Weyler continued with a single. A Roy Thurman three-run home run cut the deficit to 7-4, but Battle Creek wasn't done. John Malcom scored on a double and advanced home on a pair of wild pitches to cut the deficit to two. Johnson then walked, and back-to-back singles for Jack Merrifield and Michael Morrisette brought the Bombers closer.

Rhett McCall grounded into a fielders' choice to tie the game, and Erik Owen struck out to finally end the ninth. Due to Northwoods League rules, each team started the extra inning with a runner on second base. Neither team was able to score in the tenth, as Burrell Jones was dominant for Battle Creek and Kolby Johnson grounded out with the bases loaded.

In the 11th, Battle Creek was able to complete the job. Kolby Johnson reached second base by rule to begin the inning, Jack Merrifield got hit by a pitch, and Michael Morrisette walked to set up a bases-loaded, nobody out situation for Rhett McCall. McCall never had to put the ball in play, though, as a wild pitch from Joe Dittmar plated Johnson to win the game.

Rockford got out to an early start, scoring two runs in the fifth, one in the seventh, two in the eighth, and two in the ninth. The Bombers almost gave up more in the top half of the ninth, but third baseman Jack Merrifield made a diving play with pitcher Erik Owen on the mound and the bases loaded with two outs. Three Rockford pitchers in the bottom of the ninth, though, were unable to protect the lead, and Battle Creek capitalized.

The two teams will meet again Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.

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