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Published On: May 30th, 2023

Battle Creek – MI

The pastime of the summer kicked off on a perfect Memorial Day in Battle Creek at MCCU Field. In this Opening Day matchup, the Battle Creek Battle Jacks took on the Kokomo Jackrabbits and the game certainly didn’t disappoint. The Battle Jacks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Led by excellent performances from Blake Salamon, Nick George, and Brock Daniels, Battle Creek managed to put 15 runs on the board against a Kokomo pitching staff that struggled to avoid walking batters. Kokomo, not to be outdone by Battle Creek’s stellar performance at the plate, drove in 11 runs with help from Zack Carinci and Isaac Kim. The two performances provided a highly entertaining Memorial Day classic that saw Battle Creek win 15-11. The Jacks are now 1-0 on the season, and take the first place spot in the Great Lakes East Division.


The Battle Creek Battle Jacks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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 Battle Creek as your favorite team.