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Published On: May 31st, 2017


Battle Creek, MI- The Lakeshore Chinooks traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan to take on the Bombers on Tuesday night in the first game of the season for both teams. This marked the first game of a two-game series in Battle Creek, with the Chinooks beating the Bombers 5-3 in an 13-inning marathon.

Scoring was at a premium through the first several innings of the game, with the first run for either team coming in the top of the 5th on a sacrifice fly by Brian Sobieski (Davenport) to give the Chinooks a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 6th, Cody Hawken drove in a pair of runs on a double to put the Bombers on top, 2-1. Later in the inning, a sacrifice fly by Storm Joop pushed the lead for Battle Creek to 3-1.

Lakeshore was able to tack on a run in the top of the 7th on a single by Zach Biermann (Polk State) to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Chinooks were able to tie the game at 3 in the top of the 9th on a single by Caleb Dean (Lamar).

Lakeshore was able to keep Battle Creek off the board in the bottom of the 9th after the Bombers had runners on second and third, forcing extra innings.

In the bottom of the 10th, the Bombers had runners on second and third for a second straight inning and weren’t able to cash in, causing the game to go to the 11th inning.

Lakeshore was able to break the tie in the top of the 13th on a Justin Bardwell (Fordham) sacrifice fly, giving the Chinooks a 4-3 lead. Later in the inning, Battle Creek pitcher Christian Griffin allowed another run to score on a wild pitch, pushing the lead to 5-3. Nick Campe (Olivet Nazarene) shut the door on the Bombers, striking out six across two scoreless innings, securing a 5-3 Chinooks win.

First baseman Zach Biermann was the offensive star for the Chinooks, going 3-6 and driving in a run.

Battle Creek starter Trent Johnson silenced the bats of the Lakeshore offense, allowing one unearned run on four hits, striking out 12 through six impressive innings. Opposing him was righty Shane Smith (Miami-Ohio), who turned in a quality performance for the Chinooks, allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings.

The Lakeshore Chinooks (1-0) stay in Battle Creek to take on the Bombers on Wednesday in the final game of the two-game set, with the first pitch again coming at 7:05pm.

The Lakeshore Chinooks 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 170 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 (BOS), 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 Chinooks as your favorite team.