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Rivets clinch first playoff berth in franchise history

By: Michael Marcantonini – Team Broadcaster

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — For the first time in franchise history–and in just their second season–the Rockford Rivets have clinched a Northwoods League playoff berth.

The Rivets (38-33) and the Lakeshore Chinooks (38-33) both clinched spots in the South division playoffs tonight because of a tiebreaker rule. Rockford and Lakeshore both hold a tiebreaker over the Madison Mallards (37-34), who were eliminated from playoff contention.

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (51-20) and the Battle Creek Bombers (42-29) have already clinched the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the South division, respectively. Wisconsin Rapids won botht the first-half and second-half division titles.

If the Rivets win tomorrow afternoon's game against the Kalamazoo Growlers, the Rivets will play the Bombers in Battle Creek on Monday as the South's No. 3 seed, regardless of the result of tomorrow's Chinooks game. Lakeshore would then play the Rafters in Wisconsin Rapids as the No. 4 seed on Monday. The same seeding situation would occur if both Rockford and Lakeshore lose tomorrow.

However, if Rockford loses tomorrow and Lakeshore wins their game, then Lakeshore would be the No. 3 seed and Rockford would be the No. 4 seed.

The Rivets close out their regular season schedule tomorrow against the Growlers at 3:05 p.m. EST at Homer-Stryker Field.

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.