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Northwoods League teams in Kalamazoo complete season free of COVID-19

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The Battle Creek Bombers picked up a season opening win Thursday, July 3, in Kalamazoo. (WWMT/Andy Pepper)


In June, nobody was certain that the Northwoods League would have any type of baseball in Michigan, but three months later, the South Division of the Michigan Pod completed a two-month season while staying COVID-19 free.

Three teams made up of all college baseball players were able to play a two-month season without a single player or coach contracting the coronavirus.

Managing partner Brian Colopy and his front office staff came up with various ways to make the league work, including hosting double and triple-headers between the Growlers, Mac Daddies and Battle Creek Bombers. All the games were played at Homer Stryker Field in front of a maximum of 100 fans.

"There is very little baseball being played across the country, so to be able to play here in front of the most restricted area in the country with only 100 fans a game is a testament to our staff pulling it off. I mean we got people out there dancing on the field to empty stands because that's what we're here to do. We play baseball and entertain people, so for the staff that was here I'm just super proud." Colopy said.

The two-month grind has come full-circle with the South Division playoffs getting underway.

Game one of the postseason would between the Kalamazoo Mac Daddies and the Battle Creek Bombers. The winner of game one would face division regular season champions, Kalamazoo Growlers, starting 6:35 p.m. Sept. 4, 2020.

The winner of the South Division championship will play the North Division winner on Saturday night in Traverse City.