Bombers Sign Two With Connections to Battle Creek


Bombers ink temporary freshman Bailey Peterson and Gavin Homer

Battle Creek, Mich. – The Battle Creek Bombers and the OnStaff Group are excited to announce the signing of Kellogg Community College middle infielder Bailey Peterson and McHenry County College utility man Gavin Homer to temporary contracts. 

"It's very exciting for us to have two well-deserving players on our roster with close, personal ties to the city of Battle Creek,” said Tony Iovieno, general manager of the Bombers. “I'm sure our fans will be rooting extra hard for them both to succeed here in the prestigious Northwoods League."

Gavin Homer, 5’9”, 165 lbs., Utility, B/T: R/R, McHenry County College (Fr.), Battle Creek, Mich.

Homer, a Battle Creek native, is a freshman at McHenry County College. The utility man will start his season with the Scots this Saturday, as they will face Surry Community College. 

Homer attended Lakeview High School in Battle Creek, where he was a two-sport athlete.  While in high school, he played for the HBF Maroons summer baseball organization and was named to the all-tournament team in the USSSA Summer International Championship.  During his time with the Maroons, they were a 3-time USSSA World Series Championship team.

"Gavin is a very athletic player that can play really anywhere on the field for us. He is primarily an infielder but might see some time in the outfield for us as well,” said Solemsaas.  “Everyone I've talked to really likes how he plays and the way he carries himself on and off the field. It will be great to have him back in Battle Creek and for him to play in front of his friends and family."

Bailey Peterson, 6’0”, 185 lbs., Middle Infielder, B/T: R/R, Kellogg Community College (Fr.), Grandville, Mich.

Peterson, a freshman at Kellogg Community College, which is located in Battle Creek, has had a nice start to his collegiate career. The Grandville, Mich., native has played in 12 games, hitting .400 with two home runs and 12 RBI. 

Prior to Kellogg Community College, Peterson attended Grandville High School, where he was a three-year varsity player. 

"Bailey is a high-level defender in the middle infield and is a guy that can do some things for us offensively. Coach Laskovy at KCC was one of my first calls when I got the job and felt like Peterson was a can't-miss guy for us this summer,” said Solemsaas. “I'm looking forward to seeing how he adjusts to college baseball and the improvements he can make over the course of his season.”

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.