Kalamazoo, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers currently sit in first place in the Great Lakes East Division with just eight games remaining in the first half of the 2022 season. If the Growlers finish in first place at the conclusion of those eight games, they will clinch a playoff berth for this August. The Growlers currently control their own destiny. They hold a 2 game lead over both Kenosha and their rival Battle Creek.
How playoff spots are earned in the Northwoods League. The NWL takes the top finishers from each half of the season and awards them playoff berths. The first half of the season concludes on Monday, July 4th meaning whichever team sits in first place after the 4th already clinches a playoff berth this August.
The Growlers begin a four game road trip Monday, June 27th with a two game series in Kokomo followed by a two game series in Fond du Lac. The Growlers will close out the first half of the season with home games July 1st through the 4th. Kalamazoo will play second place Kenosha on Friday and Saturday night. It’s sure to be an epic clash on the diamond for that first place divisional crown and a coveted playoff spot.
There will surely be fireworks on the diamond during the game but after as well. Fireworks shows are planned for both Friday night and Independence Day itself, Monday the 4th. It is sure to be an exhilarating holiday weekend as the Growlers look to secure their playoff spot.
The Kalamazoo Growlers 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.growlersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.