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Published On: July 21st, 2017

Rockford, IL-  The Growlers entered play after the all star break with a 6-6 second half record as they looked for win number 7 vs the Rivets, they would not get it.

Kalamazoo would strike first with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the first. Jack Duffy (Missouri State) lined a single to center field that scored Michael Diffley (SDSU) from third, 1-0 Kzoo. Jason Sullivan would follow that up with an RBI single of his own through the left side of the infield that scored Jeff Riedel (Ball State) from third, 2-0 Growlers. Ivan Estrella (UT Rio Grande Valley) would add a sac fly to score Drew Huff (MTSU) from third to make it 3-0 Kalamazoo.

The Rivets would score three of their own in the bottom of the first to tie the game at three. Rockford would not look back after a big second inning. The Rivets would score 5 runs in their half of the second highlighted by a 2 RBI single from former Growler Brynn Martinez (Quincy), 8-3 Rivets.

The Growlers would get one back in the top of the third on an RBI fielder's choice from catcher Ryan Orr (SDSU), 8-4 Rivets. Fast forward to the top of the seventh with the score still 8-4 , and Jack Duffy (Missouri State) at bat. Following walks from Connor Hollis (Houston), and Drew Huff (MTSU) to start the inning Duffy hit a frozen rope over the fence in right field for a three run bomb to cut the Rockford lead to 8-7. The Rivets would answer with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. An RBI single from pinch hitter Anthony Forte (LSU Eunice) , and a sac fly from Hunter Feduccia (LSU Eunice) made it 10-7 Rivets. Rockford would go on to win by that same score.

The Growlers are back at it against Rockford tomorrow. 7:35  ET first pitch on princess night at Rivets Stadium.


The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate 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, more than 180 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.