Sports: Bombers Sweep Growlers; Retain Onstaff Cup
The Battle Creek Bombers swept the Kalamazoo Growlers in a home and home doubleheader on Wednesday.
The Bombers came from behind to win game one at Kalamazoo’s Stryker Field, 3-2.
The won the nightcap at C.O. Brown Stadium, 7-4.
In game 1, the Bombers had managed just one hit and were trailing 2-0 in the 9th inning. Alex Howard hit a solo homer to lead off the 9th against reliever Walter Talcott. But with two outs, Evan Faccenda was hit by a pitch, Nik Vasic has a single, and Aaron Antonnini doubled in two for a 3-2 lead. Tom Stoffel set the Growlers down in order for the win.
In game two, the Bombers scored two in the fourth, three in the sixth and two in the 8th for the 7-4 win. Tom Stoffel went 4 for 4, and Nick Walker added two hits. Zach Helsel scattered 7 hits over 7 innings for the win.
Battle Creek will host Kalamazoo tonight. Game four is in Kalamazoo on Friday.
The US men's national soccer team beat Jamaica 2-1 to win a 2017 Gold Cup Trophy. Jozy Altidore's goal on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute opened the scoring. The winning goal came late in the game by forward Jordan Morris in the 88th minute. It's the sixth Gold Cup crown for the United States and first since 2013. The U.S. team will now try to qualify for next year's world cup.
The Symetra Tour returns this weekend as 144 golfers start teeing off Friday morning at 7:30 at Battle Creek Country Club. The fourth annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship will give players a chance to move up the Tour List with hopes of playing their way on to the LPGA next year. The winner will earn $15,000. The top 10 Symetra Tour money earners will get LPGA Tour cards for 2018. About 30 current LPGA members will play in the tournament.
After winning the Mid-American Conference last year, the Western Michigan Broncos are picked to finish second in the MAC West, behind last year's runner-up Toledo.
The Brown and Gold begin their 2017 season on the road for the first two contests, travelling to Los Angeles to take on the Southern California Trojans September 2nd. It will also be the debut of new head coach and former Bronco quarterback Tim Lester.
The Broncos also battle the Michigan State Spartans September 9th in East Lansing.
The Tigers lost to Kansas City 16-2 as the Royals won their 8th in a row in sweeping Detroit at Comerica Park.
The Tigers had no chance, allowing four runs in the first three innings and nine runs alone in the seventh.
Nicholas Castellanos and Andrew Romine each collected two hits on the night and Romine even pitched 2/3 of an inning. Romine came in to pinch hit for Miguel Cabrera, playing first base and later got the final two outs in relief of Bruce Rondon.
The Tigers used six pitchers on the night, allowing 22 Royals hits. Eric Hosmer went 5-for-6 and drove in six runs, including a grand slam for his 16th homer of the season.
The first place Indians won their sixth straight. The Royals are 1 ½ games out. The Tigers are 9 ½ back.
Detroit now has Thursday off and looks to regroup for their three-game series with the Houston Astros. Catch the action Friday night at 6:45pm on 95.3 WBCK.
Saturday’s game is at 6:45, and Sunday afternoon’s broadcast time is 12:45.
Next week the Tigers are at the Yankees, Orioles, and then Pirates.
The Chicago Cubs have moved into first place in the National League Central. They beat their crosstown rivals 8-3, while Washington was beating Milwaukee 8-5.