Kalamazoo, Mich.—The Battle Creek Bombers are now 1-2 in Home Openers as they were victorious in Green Bay but have lost their own home opener and the Kalamazoo home opener in back to back nights. The Growlers leapt out to a three run lead in the bottom of the first and did not look back.
When it was all said and done the Growlers had 13 runs on 20 hits compared to the Bombers 3 runs on 7 hits. The stats didn’t tell the whole story, however. Coach Dan Trivett saw a lot of good things in his team.
“We only had 2 errors, one was late” Trivett commented. “Our bats got a lot better, we put ourselves in hitting counts and we had 7 hits.”
New players for the Bombers provided some spark and a glimpse of things to come in the season. Laz Rivera (Miami) came in for the Bombers in the 4th inning and would smoke a double to left center and displayed good defense at SS and 3B.
His fellow Hurricane, Sebastian Diaz (Miami), also debuted today and showed his speed on the base paths with a stolen base and was stout on defense.
Matt Dacey (Richmond), in his second start, had an RBI double and a triple, going 2-4 on the night.
The Bombers will return home to take on the Lakeshore Chinooks with a 7:05 first pitch. It will be the first Fireworks Night at C.O. Brown Stadium, sponsored by Ernie Lahusky and the Huntington's Disease Society of America.
LP: Alex Hermeling (0-1) 2.2 IP, 0 K, 2 BB, 7 Runs, 6 ER.
Coach Trivett commented on Joe Mockbee (Michigan State) saying he thought he showed great composure and good command in his appearance. Trivett intends to send Mockbee back to Jake Boss, head baseball coach at MSU, as a starter.
The Battle Creek Bombers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). For more information, visit www.battlecreekbombers.com