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Published On: May 31st, 2017

Battle Creek, Mich. – The Battle Creek Bombers split their opening series with the Lakeshore Chinooks winning game two 5-3, marking their first win of the 2017 season. 

The Bombers fell behind early as starter Andrew Click (Davenport Univ.) gave up three runs in the top of the first.  The Bombers offense would help him in the bottom half as they scored two runs, helping Click settle into the game.  Click would pick up his first win of the season, as he lasted 5.0 innings allowing three runs on three hits. 

Nick Walker (Austin Peay) helped to head the Bombers offense going 1-2 and driving in three runs.  Walker would finish the series 2-9.  Cody Hawken (Univ. of Portland) would drive in a run for the second straight game, moving his RBI total to three. 

Sam Lund (Madison College)  got the start for the Chinooks, lasting only 3.0 innings giving up 4 hits and 2 runs.  Reliever Cole Gnetz (Miami-Ohio) would suffer the loss, giving up two runs in the fourth on 1 hit. 

Lakeshore was led offensively by Royce Ando (Michigan State) who went 2-5 with two singles, finishing the series 4-12. 

Zach Helsel (Liberty) and Tom Stoffel (Virginia Tech) would pitch 3.0 innings of combined relief, allowing no runs on three hits.   Hawken’s older brother Jake (Univ. of Portland) would come in for the save, his first of the season. 

The Bombers will begin a two game series with crosstown rival Kalamazoo tomorrow evening, with game one in Battle Creek and game two in Kalamazoo.  First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at C.O. Brown Stadium. 

Fans can guarantee tickets to the team’s top weekend dates of the season by locking in the Bombers 5-game pack. Five-game packs are $59 and include the best seats at the team’s five best games with all-you-can-eat food and beverages and guaranteed giveaways. Fans can buy online by going to Fans can also call the team’s front office at (269) 962-0735 or by email

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The Battle Creek Bombers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bombers as your favorite team.