KENOSHA, Wis. – The Kenosha Kingfish (35-33, 13-20) fell at Historic Simmons Field on Wednesday to the Rockford Rivets (38-29, 13-20) by a score of 13-3. It was the final home game of the regular season for Kenosha, who finished the season with a 21-15 record.
Rockford was swinging hot bats from the beginning of Wednesday’s game, plating two runs in the first inning on three hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch against Kenosha starter Cole Erickson (UW-Stevens Point). They swung even harder in the second, belting a pair of homers that made it a 5-0 game.
The Kingfish were able to answer that second inning rally with some scoring of their own, stringing together four hits in the inning to push three runs across the plate and trim the deficit to 5-3.
After that, it appeared for a brief period like both offenses had dried up. Erickson retired 13 batters in a row following the second home run he allowed, finishing with six innings pitched and five strikeouts.
Once the Kingfish bullpen entered the game, however, Rockford’s offense exploded. They plated one run in the seventh, then rocked four hits in the eighth inning, the final two of which were doubles that helped drive a five-run inning. The Rivets added two more runs in the ninth to give the game its final game.
Third baseman Connor Moroder (Illinois State) and left fielder Nick Kanavas (Kent State) each finished this game 2-for-4, with Kanavas landing a triple and an RBI. Center fielder Connor Doyle (University of San Diego) and shortstop Joe Campagna (Slippery Rock), meanwhile, each finished the game 1-for-4 with an RBI.
The Kenosha Kingfish 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 www.greenbaybullfrogs.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bullfrogs as your favorite team.