By Sedric Granger
Green Bay, WI – The surging Green Bay Rockers (31-25, 10-10) powered their way over the Battle Creek Battle Jacks (21-35, 11-11), 14-2.
This was the final day of the seven games in six days road trip for Battle Creek. After losing a heartbreaker to the Rockers 15 hours earlier, the Battle Jacks had not only the fatigue of playing on the road for the sixth straight day but also the quick turnaround of a rain-delayed evening game into an afternoon game. As a result, the Battle Jacks, who stayed within striking distance through the first eight innings, gave up eight runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Whether it was costly fielding errors, dropped strike three situations that turned into errors, or giving up home runs, it was clear that Battle Creek just ran out of gas after a strenuous road trip.
There were a few bright spots for the Jacks today. Riley Silva (Nebraska) drove in Jay Adams (Concordia) on a sacrifice fly in the 5th inning. In addition, Blake Salamon, who played for the Rockers in 2021, scorched his third home run of the season over the wall in center field in the top of the 8th inning. The Battle Jacks also struck out nine Green Bay players defensively including five punch outs from Ryan Wilwers (MidAmerica Nazarene) and four strikeouts by MacCallen Conklin (Illinois State).
It is difficult to win on the road in the Northwoods League. Despite that fact, the Dogs managed to win three games along the road trip, keeping themselves in the thick of the playoff race. The three-day all-star break is at a perfect time for the Battle Jacks to recharge their batteries for the final two weeks of the season. The next game for Battle Creek is against the Kokomo Jackrabbits at MCCU Field on Thursday.
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 www.battlejacksbaseball.com 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.