The Battle Creek Bombers beat the Fon du Lac Doc Spiders 6-5.

Alex Smith started and was tagged for four runs on five hits in just one inning of work.  Takoda Metoxen took over and pitched four shutout innings.  Taylor Horn went the next three, giving up one unearned run and gets the win. Mark Quinby worked a perfect ninth to earn the save.

The Bombers came from behind with two runs in the 7th and 8th for the win. Tom Stoffel and Cody Hawken went long in the late innings, and Justin Felix also homered in the 4th for Battle Creek. Stoffel went 3 for 4 on the night.

Game two with the Doc Spiders is tonight in Fon du Lac.  Christian Griffin is expected to start for the Bombers.   Battle Creek is 17-13 and in third place in the South Division, behind Wisconsin Rapids and Kenosha.

Pistons Hire Coach

The Detroit Pistons have hired Rex Walters as an assistant coach.T he Pistons also named Rob Werdann coach of the Grand Rapids Drive, and agreed to a two-year extension with the Drive as their G League affiliate. Walters spent last season as coach of the Drive.


The Tigers took two of three from the Royal to start their 10-game home stand, beating Kansas City, 7-3.  The Tigers stay home and welcome the defending American League champion Cleveland Indians to town Friday for the first of a four-game weekend series, including a day-night double header Saturday. Cleveland leads the Central Division and are seven games ahead of the Tigers. Detroit will send Anibal Sanchez to the mound tonight.  Hear the game at 6:45 on 95.3 WBCK.

All Star Voting

All Star Voting ended just before midnight, and Miguel Cabrera finished 4th among first basemen, 400,000 votes behind Eric Hosmer of the Royals.  No other Tiger is even in the top five in voting at any position.

Lakeview Grads to KCC Baseball

Lakeview grads Ethan Eldridge and Zach Dehn will play baseball next season for the KCC Bruins.   The Bruins are coming off a season in which they finished 34-17-2 overall while winning the Michigan Community College Athletic Association West Division and MCCAA state tournament titles.

Venus in Fatal Accident

Tennis star Venus Williams ran a red light and caused a car crash that led to the death of a passenger in another vehicle. Palm Beach Gardens police say witnesses told investigators that Williams caused a June 9 wreck that injured 79-year-old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later. The 37-year-old Williams lives in the area of the accident and has not been charged or cited, although the accident remains under investigation.


Kirk Triplett is the first-round leader at the U.S. Senior Open. Triplett opened with an 8-under 62 that included an eagle on the par-4 fourth hole.

Colon Cut by Braves

The Atlanta Braves have designated 44-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon for assignment after struggling this season for his latest team. The right-hander had just completed a three-year run with the Mets, where he was 44-34 with a 3.90 ERA before signing with the Braves.