WAUSAU, WI (PRESS RELEASE) - August 9th, 2009 - The Battle Creek Bombers scored a run in the eighth to tie the game and three more in the top of the ninth to break things open and snap Wisconsin's eight-game home winning streak with a 5-2 win Sunday afternoon at Athletic Park.
The ‘Chucks came out firing, putting up a run in the second and third innings. In the second, Ben Long (UW-Milwaukee) doubled and came into score on a single by Casey Rihn (South Carolina). In the third, Khayyan Norfork (Tennessee) hit a double of his own and Travis Whitmore (Pittsburgh) knocked him in with an RBI single of his own to make it 2-0 Woodchucks after three.
The Bombers finally got on the board in the sixth to end Chris Licon's (Orange Coast College) shutout bid. It started with a one-out single by Chris Lewis. Lewis moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Valle. After a costly ‘Chucks error, Parker Berberet grounded a single through the right side to score Lewis and cut the Woodchucks lead in half at 2-1.
The Bombers evened up the score in the top of the eighth. The Bombers started things off with a pair of singles to put runners at the corners with no outs. After a strikeout, Valle hit into a fielder's choice that was nearly a double play to get the Woodchucks out of the inning, but Alan Denman scored to square things up at 2-2.
In the top of the ninth, the Bombers opened things up with a three-run rally. Larry Perry hit a one-out single and stole second to get the rally going. After a fly out, Craig Denman singled home Perry to give the Bombers a 3-2 lead, their first of the game. In the following at-bat, Denman hit the first pitch he saw from Anthony Drobnick (Washington State) over the wall to make things 5-2. The Woodchucks did not threaten in the ninth, and fell back to .500 in the second half at 16-16.
Licon, who did not factor in the decision, allowed just one unearned run on six hits over six innings. Drobnick took the loss after allowing all three runs in the ninth. Tim Mowry grabbed the win and Atlee Pearson picked up the save after throwing a perfect ninth.
Rihn had a team-high two hits and knocked in a run in the victory. Chad Wright (Kentucky) set the longest on-base streak mark of the NWL season in the game, as his single in the eighth marked the 29th consecutive game Wright has reached safely.
The ‘Chucks will play their final game of the season tomorrow at Athletic Park against Battle Creek at 6:35 pm. It will be fan appreciation night, and everyone is encouraged to come out for the final game of the season.
Courtesy: Woodchucks Media Relations