Bombers Win 1-game Playoff, 2-0
The Battle Creek Bombers won a 1-game play-off, beating the Rockford Rivets 2-0 last night at C.O. Brown Stadium. Right-hander Dakota Edwards pitched a three-hit shutout. Edwards went 9 innings, striking out 7 and walking just one. Alex Howard and Aaron Antonini each doubled in the game. The Bombers got their first run on an RBI ground out by Storm Joop and one more on an error in the eighth.
The Bombers are in Wisconsin Rapids tonight to play the Rafters for the South Division Championship. It is a single-elimination contest to determine who will head to the Northwoods League Championship. The Rafters won the division in both the first and second halves of the season. Davenport University’s Andrew Click gets the start for Battle Creek.
Pistons Opener Scheduled
The Detroit Pistons have a date and opponent to open their season at the new Little Caesars Arena. It’ll be October 18th against the Charlotte Hornets. The Detroit Red Wings open October 5th against the Minnesota Wild.
Lions Lose Hyder for Season
Lions’ Defensive end Kerry Hyder is out for the season. Hyder, who led the team in sacks last season, tore and Achilles tendon, and will not play this season. Lions coach Jim Caldwell said after the game Sunday that it looked like a "significant" Achilles tendon injury.
KCC Cuts Softball
Kellogg Community College is cutting its softball program after this season. The school unveiled a new strategic vision for its athletic department. Women’s softball is not in that new plan. KCC Athletic Director Tom Shaw told WBCK that there were many factors involved in the decision, including funding and local interest. Shaw says that many area high schools struggle to fill softball rosters, as there are a lot of other sports competing for athletes. He said that other two year schools in the region are also struggling to fill rosters.
The school plans to add men’s and women’s cross country next year, women’s soccer in 2019 and men’s and women’s bowling by 2020. The changes coincide with the building of the new Miller Physical Education building, now under construction.
The college is also talking about creating new associate degree programs in sports management and exercise science.
Michigan Arms State Championships to be held at Kellogg Arena
Arm Wrestling Championships are coming to Battle Creek this weekend. Michigan Arms, the state governing body of arm wrestling will be hosting its state championships at Kellogg Arena, this Saturday, August 19th. Beginning at 12 Noon on Saturday, multiple skill levels and weight classes will be competing. There will also be children's weight classes. Weigh-ins will be conducted inside McCamly Plaza Hotel on Friday August, 18th 7:00-9:00AM and Saturday inside Kellogg Arena 9:00-11:00AM. Entry fee for competitors is $25 first class with additional classes $20. Spectators are free to attend.
Skate house coming to Lakeview Square Mall
Lakeview Square Mall is getting a “Skate House”. Recently, a new game arcade opened. The Battleground Skate House and Youth Center, Inc. plans to open a 9,093 square-foot skate house in late October next to Dunham’s Sports. The new entertainment venue will be a place for people to try their best moves on ramps, half pipes, box jumps, platforms, rails and more.
Skate house hours will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is expected to range from $5 to $7 per session.
The Tigers lost 6-2 in Texas in the first of three games there. Michael Fulmer came off the disabled list to start for the Tigers, but wasn’t sharp. Fulmer walked three of first five batters he faced as the Rangers pushed across two runs. The Tigers had taken an early lead with two in the first, as Justin Upton hit his 23rd home run of the season. But the Rangers chipped away at Fulmer and the Tigers, adding runs four of the next five innings, for the 6-2 win. Joey Gallo's 33rd homer of the season gave starter Martin Perez more than enough runs for the win. With the loss, the Tigers fall to 12 games below .500 for the first time this season. Mikie Mahtook had three hits to raise his average to .306. James McCann added a pair of hits. Justin Verlander starts for the Tigers tonight, as he goes for his 9th win. Hear the game at 7:40 tonight on 95.3 WBCK.