Kalamazoo, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers (46-22, 25-9) stifled the Battle Creek Battle Jacks (25-45, 15-21) for a playoff-clinching win, 5-1.
After the Growlers rattled off five runs in the first two innings, the Battle Jacks handled the explosive Growlers offense from the 3rd inning onwards. Brandon Markarian pitched two-and-a-third scoreless innings of work out of the bullpen with a trio of strikeouts. Jaylen Morgan (Southern Wesleyan) also excelled on the mound, pitching one scoreless inning.
Unfortunately for Battle Creek, the Jacks struggled to sustain offense throughout the entire game. The only run of the day for the Dogs came in the 9th inning when Cole Mason (Kellogg CC) drove in Anthony Aloisio (Davenport) on an RBI single. Although Battle Creek only registered five hits on the night, the Blue and White excelled at extra base hits. Coltrane Rubner (Davenport), Kyle Ratliff
With this loss, the Battle Jacks finish the season 2-10 on the season against the Growlers. Battle Creek will look to battle for fifth place in the division against Kokomo on Friday.
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.