The Battle Creek Bombers beat the Rockford Rivets 12-3 Monday night at C.O. Brown Stadium.

J.D. Mundy went two for five with a home run, his 9th of the season, and knocked in three runs.  Tom Stoffel had three hits and two RBI’s and pitched a perfect 9th inning.  Battle Creek’s own Gavin Homer was two for four and knocked in two.

T.J. Shook went seven innings and gave up just one earned run for the win.

With the win, the Bombers move into a first-place tie with Rockford  atop the North Division, as the season winds down.  The Bombers can take over first place with a win as they host Rockford again tonight.

The Bombers will have an off day on Wednesday and then play the final four home games of the regular season Thursday through Sunday in Battle Creek.

The team will play the final seven games on the road, as the NABF World Series gets underway next week.

City Baseball

The BC Merchants will host the NABF World Series starting Wednesday August 9th at Bailey Park.   HBC/Behnke will play this weekend in a regional tournament in Fort Wayne with a chance to still make it into the series. Other Michigan teams will battle it out in the Saginaw District, so it’s possible that three Michigan teams could make it into the NABF World Series.

College Game Length

With attention spans shortening and entertainment options increasing, the MAC and other NCAA football conferences are taking steps to shorten football bowl games this season.   The leagues are asking ESPN to make a greater effort to get in and out of commercials on time and strictly adhere to 20-minute halftimes.

Boat Race Death

A powerboat racer has died after a crash on the St. Clair River.  It happened during the St. Clair River Classic on Sunday.   The sheriff's department says two boats crashed killing one man.  They’re still investigating the accident.


It’ll be Paris in 2024 and L-A in 2028 for the Summer Olympic games.   Reports say Los Angeles has reached an agreement with international Olympic leaders to host the 2028 games. The means Paris will host in 2024.  L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti says L.A. has the advantage of using many existing facilities and structures to host an Olympics.

Shermanator Triathlon August 5

Coming up this Saturday is the 15th Annual Shermanator Triathlon at the Sherman Lake YMCA near Augusta.  More than 200 athletes from around the region will be competing in several event divisions.  The event is a fund raiser for the Sherman Lake YMCA & Outdoor Center Community Scholarship Fund.  Motorists might want to avoid the area on Saturday morning on 39th St, "G" Ave, and 37th St. surrounding Sherman Lake from 7:45 until about 9:30 am.


The Tigers lost to the Yankees 7-3 on Monday night in New York.  Michael Fulmer started and gave up seven runs, six of them earned, in six innings pitched.   The Yankees got all the runs they would need in the fourth of  Fulmer, after a leadoff walk to Aaron Judge and an error by Ian Kinsler.   A Chase Headley double scored two, and Todd Frasier knocked in two more.  Aaron Judge broke out of a slump as he hit his 34th homer of the season.  The Tigers had plenty of scoring chances as they drew four walks and were hit by pitches three times, but couldn’t get the big hits when they needed them. Outfielder Jim Adduci knocked in a run and saved two runs as he robbed Frasier of a home run with a nice catch.  Anibal Sanchez starts for the Tigers tonight against the Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia.   Hear the game at 6:40 on 95.3 WBCK.

Tiger Trades

There were rumors that Justin Verlander might be traded by the Tigers, the only team he's ever played for.  That didn't happen.  Verlander was still in a Tiger uniform when the 4pm trade deadline came and went.  So, when the dust cleared, the Tigers dealt three players -- outfielder J.D. Martinez, catcher Alex Avila and reliever Justin Wilson.   They got back five minor-league infielders.  Verlander, Ian Kinsler, Jose Iglesias, and Justin Upton are still Tigers.  Manager Brad Ausmus has named his new closer.  Shane Greene will take the ball in the 9th inning of close games.   The Tigers called up hard-throwing right- hander Joe Jimenez and catcher-first baseman John Hicks.

MLB Trades

The two biggest trades at the deadline were made by the Dodgers and Yankees for starting pitchers.  The Los Angeles Dodgers get Yu Darvish from the Rangers.  The four-time All-Star has struggled in his last eight starts.

The Yankees have picked up starting pitcher Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics for several of their top prospects. Gray has been outstanding in his last six starts.

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