The Battle Creek Bombers beat the Kalamazoo Growlers 8-3 on Thursday night at C.O. Brown Stadium, and go for the sweep of the four game OnStaff Group Rivalry Series tonight at Homer Stryker Field. The series, sponsored by OnStaff, has the teams being renamed the Battle Creek Burritos and the Kalamazoo Corn Dogs.

Dakota Edwards started for the Bombers and pitched 8 innings of shutout ball for his third win of the season.  He gave up five hits. Shortstop Alex Howard with three for five and raised his average to .354.    Right fielder Evan Faccenda also had three hits. Justin Felix drove in the first two runs.

Battle Creek heads back to Kalamazoo for their final meeting of the season tonight.  The Bombers lead the OnStaff Group Rivalry Series, 6 games to 1.  Battle Creek heads to Madison on Saturday.

Symetra Tour

144 golfers started teeing off at 7:30 this morning at Battle Creek Country Club as the fourth annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship got underway.  The stop on the Symetra Tour will give players a chance to move up the tour list with hopes of playing their way on to the LPGA next year. The top 10 Symetra Tour money earners will get LPGA Tour cards for 2018.  The winner will earn $15,000.    About 30 current LPGA members will play in the tournament.

NCAA Basketball – Wolverines Director of Basketball Operations steps down

Waleed Samaha is leaving his position as Michigan’s director of basketball operations. The Wolverines hired him in 2016 after a long tenure as a basketball coach at Huron High School.

 

Old ND Coach Getting Better

Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian has returned to his home in Granger, Indiana, after spending more than a week in a nursing care facility because of an infection in his surgically repaired hip. The 94-year-old former Notre Dame and Northwestern coach is still receiving 24-hour care, said Paul Flatley, who played for Parseghian at Northwestern from 1960-62.

Golf

There was a five-way tie for the lead when the first round of the PGA's Canadian Open was suspended because of darkness Thursday night.

Bernhard Langer is the first-round leader at the Senior British Open.  The 59-year-old German star had five birdies and a one-stroke lead.

NFL – Ravens considering Kaepernick

Baltimore is showing interest in signing Colin Kaepernick following a back injury to starting quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco missed the first full practice of training camp yesterday and is expected to be out at least one week.   Ravens coach John Harbaugh says Kaepernick is being discussed.