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Rivets drop double header in Kenosha

LOVES PARK, IL – With the playoffs approaching, and Rockford seeking its first ever postseason appearance, each remaining game becomes more important for the Rivets.

However, Rockford (37-29, 20-12) couldn’t win either game in a double header in Kenosha (35-32, 13-19) on Monday, as the Rivets lost 5-2 and 6-2 to the Kingfish in two seven inning games.

In the first game, Rockford jumped on the board in the first inning. Zach Rheams (Texas Tech) singled as the first batter of the game and Hunter Feduccia (LSU) walked as Rockford looked for the early lead on the Kingfish and Nick Long (Florida). Kian O’Brien (Madison College) knocked in both runners with a two out, two RBI single for a 2-0 Rockford lead after the 1st inning.

It took until the 3rd inning for Kenosha to get anything going offensively on Rivets starter Jon Laird (Tiffin). However, the Kingfish managed all five of their runs in that frame. Joe Campagna (Slippery Rock) and Connor Doyle (San Diego) each singled to begin the inning, and a walk and hit by pitch allowed Campagna to score. Connor Moroder (Illinois State) then had a two RBI single before two more Kingfish collected RBIs to put them up 5-2.

From there, neither team managed much offensively. Rockford did not record more than one hit in any inning, and they fell to the Kingfish by a final score of 5-2.

In game two, the Kingfish were the first on the board. Matt Vanek (UW-Milwaukee) was nearly flawless through three innings, but ran into trouble in the 4th. Mike Madej (Purdue) and Jack Yalowitz (Illinois) singled and each stole a bag to get things going. Derek Bangert (Bradley) then walked before Nick Kanavas (Kent State) drove them both Madej and Yalowitz in with a double, putting Kenosha up 2-0.

Rockford was able to even it up in the same frame. Rheams led off with a double and Anthony Forte (Richmond) drove him in with a double to put Rockford on the board. Patrick Loeffler (Indiana) then knocked in Forte with a single to tie the ballgame.

Both teams, from there, had little going on offense. The Rivets managed just one more hit for the entire game, but the Kingfish eventually beat up the Rockford bullpen late in the game. In the 7th, Cameron Comer (Virginia) walked to lead off the inning, and Carson Breshears (Gonzaga) singled before Doyle brought Comer home with a single. After Comer scored, the Kingfish tallied three more runs in the inning to go up 6-2. Rockford went down in order to end the game in the bottom of the 7th.

The season is coming to a close this week for the Rivets. Rockford still has two home games remaining, this coming Thursday and Friday. Thursday is Thirsty Thursday, featuring $1 Miller Lite drafts. Gates open at 5:35 p.m. for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch as the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters come to town. Call 815.240.4159 to inquire about buying your tickets today!

The Rockford Rivets are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League, which will play its 24th season of summer collegiate baseball in 2017. The Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, 180 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals), two-time World Champion Ben Zobrist (Chicago Cubs) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (Boston Red Sox), Jordan Zimmermann (Detroit Tigers), Curtis Granderson (New York Mets) and Lucas Duda (Mets). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website, NorthwoodsLeague.com. 

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