COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — The West Michigan Whitecaps’ final home game of the 2015 season looked dire for the Eastern Division champions for the first six innings.
Then a couple hits, a controversial call, and a pair of errors got the Whitecaps right back into the Midwest League Championship Series.
Joey Pankake’s single in the seventh inning resulted in two runs after Kernels catcher was called for interference as Christin Stewart attempted to score — leading to Cedar Rapids manager Jake Mauer’s ejection — and ultimately a four-run inning and a 4-1 West Michigan win to even the best-of-five MWLCS at one game apiece.
Before the seventh inning Thursday, West Michigan had been held scoreless on just seven hits through the first 15 innings of the series.
Friday is a travel day for the Whitecaps as they head to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the remainder of the MWLCS. Game 3 will be Saturday at 4:35 p.m. Michigan time at Perfect Game Field. Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday at 3:05 p.m.
If a Game 5 is necessary, it will be played Monday at 7:35 p.m.