The Battle Creek Bombers are getting ready for their ninth season of play in the Northwoods League.

The new season begins on May 31st, as the summer collegiate wooden bat league stays at 16 teams set in the same North and South divisions. There are a few small changes this season, after the Alexandria (MN) Blue Anchors folded after the 2015 season. The La Crosse (WI) Loggers move to the North Division with the addition of a new team in Rockford, Illinois in the South. The new franchise name is still being determined. It's the first Northwoods League franchise to be based in Illinois.

Rockford's most recent baseball teams span back to 1993, when the Riverhawks were a part of the independent Frontier League, and two seasons in the independent American Association. They returned to the Frontier League in 2014 as the Rockford Aviators.

The Bombers will open the new schedule at home with the Madison Mallards on May 31st. They will stay at home or in Kalamazoo against the rival Growlers all the way through June 9th.

Their first trip to Rockford will take place June 14th and 15th. They will host the new squad for the first time July 10th.

The Bombers will take on the Rochester (MN) Honkers and the Mankato (MN) Moondogs in the cross-divisional match-ups this season. It's the third straight season the Bombers have played the Honkers. It's the first meeting with the Moondogs since the Northwoods League Championship in 2011, where the Bombers swept Mankato in the best-of-three series for their lone title.

The Bombers' promotional schedule is still in the works, but will sure to please after another record-setting attendance at C.O. Brown Stadium.

Without further ado, here's the 2016 Battle Creek Bombers schedule...

May 31 - vs. Madison - 7:05pm

June 1 - vs. Madison - 11:05am
June 2 - vs. Kalamazoo - 7:05pm
June 3 - @ Kalamazoo - 7:05pm
June 4 - @ Kalamazoo - 7:05pm
June 5 - vs. Kalamazoo - 1:05pm
June 6 - vs. Green Bay - 7:05pm
June 7 - vs. Green Bay - 11:05am
June 8 - vs. Wisconsin - 7:05pm
June 9 - vs. Wisconsin - 7:05pm
June 10 - @ Green Bay - 8:05pm
June 11 - @ Green Bay - 7:35pm
June 12 - @ Lakeshore - 6:05pm
June 13 - @ Lakeshore - 7:35pm
June 14 - @ Rockford - 7:35pm
June 15 - @ Rockford - 7:35pm
June 16 - @ Madison - 8:05pm
June 17 - @ Madison - 8:05pm
June 18 - vs. Rockford - 6:05pm
June 19 - vs. Rockford - 3:05pm
June 20 - vs. Kalamazoo - 11:05am
@ Kalamazoo - 7:05pm
June 21 - vs. Green Bay - 7:05pm
June 22 - vs. Green Bay - 7:05pm
June 23 - vs. Rochester - 7:05pm
June 24 - vs. Rochester - 7:05pm
June 25 - @ Kenosha - 7:05pm
June 26 - @ Kenosha - 2:05pm
June 27 - @ Rockford - 7:35pm
June 28 - @ Rockford - 7:35pm
June 29 - Off
June 30 - @ Kenosha - 8:05pm

July 1 - @ Kenosha - 8:05pm
July 2 - vs. Lakeshore - 6:05pm
July 3 - vs. Lakeshore - 7:05pm
July 4 - vs. Wisconsin Rapids - 2:05pm
July 5 - vs. Wisconsin Rapids - 7:05pm
July 6 - @ Madison - 8:05pm
July 7 - @ Madison - 8:05pm
July 8 - vs. Mankato - 7:05pm
July 9 - vs. Mankato - 6:05pm
July 10 - vs. Rockford - 3:05pm
July 11 - vs. Rockford - 7:05pm
July 12 - @ Wisconsin - 7:35pm
July 13 - @ Wisconsin - 7:35pm
July 14 - @ Wisconsin Rapids - 8:05pm
July 15 - @ Wisconsin Rapids - 8:05pm
July 16 - @ Green Bay - 7:35pm
July 17 - @ Green Bay - 5:05pm
July 18-20 - All-Star Break - Game site TBA
July 21 - vs. Kenosha - 7:05pm
July 22 - vs. Kenosha - 7:05pm
July 23 - vs. Madison - 6:05pm
July 24 - vs. Madison - 3:05pm
July 25 - Off
July 26 - @ Wisconsin Rapids - 8:05pm
July 27 - @ Wisconsin Rapids - 8:05pm
July 28 - vs. Kenosha - 7:05pm
July 29 - vs. Kenosha - 7:05pm
July 30 - vs. Wisconsin - 6:05pm
July 31 - vs. Wisconsin - 3:05pm

August 1 - @ Kalamazoo - 11:05am
vs. Kalamazoo - 7:05pm
August 2 - @ Mankato - 8:05pm
August 3 - @ Mankato - 8:05pm
August 4 - @ Rochester - 8:05pm
August 5 - @ Rochester - 8:05pm
August 6 - @ Wisconsin - 7:35pm
August 7 - @ Wisconsin - 4:05pm
August 8 - @ Lakeshore - 7:35pm
August 9 - Major League Dreams Showcase @ Madison
August 10 - @ Lakeshore - 7:35pm
August 11 - vs. Lakeshore - 7:05pm
August 12 - vs. Lakeshore - 7:05pm
August 13 - vs. Wisconsin Rapids - 6:05pm
August 14 - vs. Wisconsin Rapids - 5:05pm