Battle Creek Bombers Bring Back Two More for 2017
The Battle Creek Bombers now have 10 on the roster for the 2017, bringing back two more players from last year's playoff squad.
The Northwoods League squad announced today that junior outfielder Nick Walker and junior catcher Jacob Blunt will return to the Cereal City this season.
Walker will begin his campaign at Austin Peay University this year after two years at Columbia State Community College. He batted .302 with 24 RBI last year with the Chargers, including eight doubles and six triples. An injury cut his Bombers season short last year, finishing with a .400 average with eight RBI.
Blunt helped Clarke University make it to the NAIA National Championship playoffs in 2016, batting .325 with 41 RBI and 12 doubles. He played in all 54 games for the Crusaders, recording 300 putouts behind the plate. He had a .257 average with 16 RBI during 33 games last summer with the Bomb Squad.
Bombers field manager Brian Solemsaas stated that he is excited to have both Walker and Blunt back on the squad, adding "both guys are great teammates and have the ability to play professionally someday. Any time you can bring back players of their caliber, it is a huge boost to the program."
The Battle Creek Bombers are preparing for their 11th season at C.O. Brown Stadium, opening May 30th with the Lakeshore Chinooks. Their first match-up with the rival Kalamazoo Growlers is June 1st.