Battle Creek, MI - Under ominous skies the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters loaded the bases in the top of the first, then cashed in a four run inning after an hour and thirty minute rain delay on their way to a 9-4 win over the Battle Creek Bombers.
Rain and lightening forced the teams from the field with one down in the first. When play resumed, a pop out and walk to Justin Jirschele made it 1-0 Rafters. With two down Quinton Perry launched a deep drive to left center for a bases clearing triple to make it 4-0.
Everyone may have been a little flat after the lay-off but Perry used the energy of the game situation to zero back in on the goal of putting the Rafters ahead. "Anytime the bases are loaded your adrenaline starts pumping, and that really helped me refocus on the game itself," Perry said.
Chris Green had not thrown a pitch before the rains came, but the righty worked into the sixth inning and allowed just two runs. Weaving in and out of trouble all game, he evened his season record at 2-2, recording five strike outs over five and one third innings.
After the Rafters added on single runs in the fifth and sixth, the Bombers got on the board in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-3. But the offense rallied right back with three in the top of the seventh. Consecutive singles from Evan Peters, Michael Smith and Matt Johnson brought home one run, then a Jenzen Torres two out, two RBI single capped the Rafters largest offensive output of the season.
Smith led the way offensively for the Rafters going 4-5 at the plate with four RBI. Torres ended the day 2-4 with two RBI while Jirschele also drove in two on the afternoon.
The win moves the Rafters to 9-14 while the Bombers drop to 8-16 on the season.
The Rafters are back at Witter Field on Tuesday, June 29 for Guaranteed Win Night against the Waterloo Bucks at 7:05. If the Rafters lose that night, every fan gets a free ticket to another Rafters home contest.
Courtesy Wisconsin Rapids Rafters